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  1. Snuff Use During Pregnancy Is Harmful to Newborns

    Aug. 29, 2011 -- Most moms-to-be are aware that you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy, but some have a hard time kicking the habit. Some turn to smokeless tobacco like snuff or other nicotine-replacement products. But these products -- and the nicotine they release - are harmful for newborns, a study

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  2. Getting Pregnant: Easy Ways to Encourage Fertility

    For some couples, getting pregnant is quick and easy. For others, things are not as easy. Sometimes, problems are linked to such specific physiological issues as blocked fallopian tubes in the woman or low to no sperm count in the man -- problems that can be addressed by a fertility specialist and s

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  3. Vitamins May Lower Risk of Birth Complication

    Aug. 19, 2011 -- Women who take a multivitamin every day around the time of conception appear to have a reduced risk for delivering low-birth-weight babies, a new study shows. Daily multivitamin use was also associated with a lower preterm birth risk among normal-weight, but not overweight, women. S

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  4. Prepregnancy Obesity Linked to Asthma in Teens

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- Children of women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant may be more likely to have asthma by the time of adolescence, a new study shows. Researchers in Britain, Finland, and Sweden say their study suggests that being overweight during pregnancy may interfere with nor

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  5. Boy or Girl? Fetal DNA Tests Often Spot On

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Using fetal DNA from a mother's blood to determine the unborn baby's sex is highly effective, according to a new review of the research. "After seven weeks of gestation, the accuracy of fetal sex detection is very good using maternal blood," says researcher Diana W. Bianchi, MD, a re

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  6. DHA During Pregnancy May Cut Infant Colds

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Getting enough of an essential fatty acid during pregnancy may help prevent colds in newborns. A new study shows that women who received supplements of the fatty acid known as DHA during pregnancy had babies that had fewer colds at age 1 month. The babies also had fewer coughing epis

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  7. Strokes During Pregnancy, Childbirth on the Rise

    July 28, 2011 -- Strokes during pregnancy and after childbirth have increased at what one CDC researcher calls an alarming rate. Elena V. Kuklina, MD, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist, and colleagues compared stroke rates during pregnancy, during childbirth, and after childbirth. They used a national datab

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  8. Stress in Pregnancy May Make Kids Vulnerable to Stress

    July 19, 2011 -- Children born to mothers who are highly stressed during pregnancy exhibit genetic changes that may make them more vulnerable to stress themselves, new research finds. The study found that children and teens whose mothers had been victims of domestic violence during pregnancy had alt

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  9. Foods to Avoid When You're Pregnant

    When you’re expecting, what you eat and drink influences your child’s health, possibly forever.   Everyday foods and beverages take on new meaning, as some may present a danger to your developing baby. Whole and lightly processed foods, such as whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables, legume

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  10. Is It Safe to Have Sex During Pregnancy?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our July-August 2011 issue, Sarah McMoyler, RN, a WebMD pregnancy expert, answered a question about sex during pregnancy. A:  Yes, it is safe to have sex unless your pregnancy is hi

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