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  1. Excess Weight, Diabetes Raise Risk of Big Babies

    Aug. 14, 2012 -- Women who are overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy are much more likely than healthy-weight women to deliver large babies, according to new research. That's true, the researchers found, even if the women did not develop gestational diabetes, a known risk factor for deliveri

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  2. Computers Hurt Kids' Eyes

    March 26, 2002 -- At home and at school, kids are glued to computers -- getting eye fatigue that could cause premature nearsightedness, or myopia, says one group of researchers. Optometrists at eight centers across the country analyzed 253 children, questioning them about computer habits and eye fat

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  3. More Than a Third of Babies Unintended

    July 24, 2012 -- More than one-third of births in the U.S. are the result of an unplanned pregnancy, according to a CDC study. Despite a decrease in unplanned pregnancies among white women, researchers say the number of unintended births has remained steady at about 37% of all births since 1982. "Th

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  4. The Truth About Prenatal Nutrition and Fitness

    You've heard all kinds of things about what you should and shouldn't do to stay healthy and fit when you're pregnant. To separate fact from fiction, we asked our experts for their fitness and nutrition tips. As always, check with your doctor about which guidelines are right for you. Eat for one. You

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  5. Preterm Birth Rates and Infant Death Rates Drop

    July 13, 2012 -- The U.S. preterm birth rate dropped for the fourth year in a row, according to a new federal report. In 2010, 12% of infants were born before 37 weeks, down from 12.8% in 2006. Babies born too early are at higher risk for many long-term health and developmental problems. This declin

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  6. Melissa Joan Hart Talks Pregnancy and Childbirth

    Best known as Clarissa (in Clarissa Explains It All), Sabrina (in Sabrina the Teenage Witch), and Mel (in Melissa & Joey), Melissa Joan Hart is also a writer, director, and producer. Last April, she and her husband Mark Wilkerson announced they were expecting their third child. Hart talked to WebMD

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  7. H1N1 Flu Shot Appears Safe During Pregnancy

    July 10, 2012 -- New research brings reassuring news for women who received the swine flu vaccine while pregnant during the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009. Infants born in Denmark whose moms got the H1N1 shot were no more likely to have major birth defects or to be born too early than infants whose moms

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  8. 6 Must-Eat Foods for Pregnancy

    You know you should always eat healthy, but maybe -- just maybe -- you used to cheat a little. Latte and doughnut for breakfast? We've all been there! Now that you're expecting, you are trying to think much more carefully about what you’re feeding yourself because the foods you eat are the main sour

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  9. Earlier-Term Babies, Slight Learning Delay?

    July 2, 2012 -- Earlier-term infants may have an increased risk for learning delays, a new study shows. When researchers compared gestational age at birth to academic test scores in third grade, they found that children delivered at 37 and 38 weeks' gestation had lower scores than children delivered

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  10. Overtime Work in Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Size

    June 28, 2012 -- Working long hours on your feet while you're pregnant may affect the size of your newborn. A new study shows that pregnant women who spend a lot of time on their feet -- and work more than 40 hours a week -- may give birth to smaller babies. The study shows that women who spent long

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