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  1. Too Much Pregnancy Weight Linked to Baby's Obesity Risk

    June 7, 2011 -- Women who put on too much weight during their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to newborns with excessive body fat, and this may set their children up for being overweight or obese as they age, a study suggests. The new findings, which were presented at the Endocrine Society's

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  2. Study: Developmental Delay for Late Preterm Babies

    May 31, 2011 -- Late preterm babies born from 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy may be at an increased risk for modest developmental and academic problems up to age 7, when compared to babies born at full term, according to a new study. Most research on the risks associated with preterm birth looks at inf

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  3. Flu Vaccine May Reduce Premature Birth Risk

    May 31, 2011 -- Pregnant women who get a flu vaccine during flu season may be less likely to have a premature birth or deliver a baby of low birth weight. A new study shows that women who received a flu vaccine during pregnancy and delivered during the flu season were 40% less likely to have a prema

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  4. Weight Gain Between Pregnancies Raises Gestational Diabetes Risk

    May 23, 2011 -- The amount of weight a woman gains or loses between a first and second pregnancy influences her risk for gestational diabetes, new research reveals. In the study, which appears in the online issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers analyzed the medical records over a decade of m

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  5. Study Gives New View of 'Full-Term' Pregnancy

    May 23, 2011 -- Babies born between 39 and 41 weeks of pregnancy fare better than infants born during weeks 37 or 38, a study shows. A term birth is considered 37 to 41 weeks, but the new study suggests it is more of a continuum. The findings appear in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Previously it was thou

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  6. Home Births on the Rise in the U.S.

    May 20, 2011 -- The number of women in the U.S. who gave birth at home rose 20% between 2004 and 2008, a new study shows. Although home births represent only a fraction of the millions of babies delivered in the U.S. each year, researchers say the bump is significant because it follows a steady, 15-

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  7. Dietary Supplement May Help Prevent Preeclampsia

    May 19, 2011 -- An inexpensive dietary supplement appears to help prevent the serious pregnancy complication preeclampsia in high-risk women, according to a new study. But researchers say the effect in lower-risk pregnancies remains to be determined. In the study from Mexico, women who ate daily foo

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  8. Pregnancy Stages: Your Baby, Your Body

    Congratulations, you're pregnant! And you're probably curious and a little anxious about what's going to happen with your body and your baby over the next nine months. Here are some highlights. For most women, especially first-time moms, it's almost impossible for anyone to tell they're pregnant dur

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  9. Birthing Classes: Which Style Is for You?

    Are childbirth classes for everyone?  Two Columbia University childbirth experts -- Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH, an adjunct professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and Jeanne M. Coulehan, CNM, MPH, clinical practice manager and midwife in the division of maternal-fetal medicine -

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  10. Childbirth: The Stages of Delivery

    Unlike in the movies, labor and delivery isn't always scripted. No one knows exactly what triggers labor, though hormones are suspected to play a role. And though labor is divided into three stages, each woman may not go through it the same way. For first-time moms, labor can last 12 to 24 hours on

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