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    1. First Trimester Appears Crucial for Baby's Heart Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that the first three months of pregnancy may be a crucial period

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    2. First-Time Cesarean Rates Dipped in 2012: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to curb cesarean birth rates in the United States might be working, with health officials reporting a 2 percent decline in the number of first-time surgical deliveries between 2009 and 2012. Cesarean delivery r

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    3. Having a Baby? Price Tag for Delivery Varies Widely

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The bill for delivering a healthy baby varies enormously among California hospitals, with new mothers facing cost differences of 8- to 10-fold depending on the hospital where they end up giving birth. California women

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    4. Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Risk of Lung Disorder in Babies

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking certain antidepressants in late pregnancy more than doubles the odds of a lung complication in newborns, a new review says. Fortunately, the study also found that the absolute risk of the complication -- known as

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    5. Trying to Conceive? Lose Extra Weight First

      Planning for a baby? You've got a lot to consider. Does your home have room for a new baby? Are your finances in order? You also need to ask: How healthy is my body? Ideally, it should be in the best possible shape to house and nourish a growing baby. If you're overweight, doctors advise losing the

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    6. 'Teen Mom' Shows May Have Cut Teen Pregnancy Rate

      Two television series that follow teen girls through pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood may have prevented more than 20,000 births to American teens in 2010, according to a new study. It concluded that "16 and Pregnant" and a spinoff called "Teen Mom" reduced the U.S. teen birth rate by nearly

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    7. Premature 'Water Breaking' During Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of bacteria are associated with water breaking prematurely in pregnant women, a new study indicates. Researchers arrived at their findings by analyzing samples of amniotic sacs (fetal membranes) from 48 women

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    8. Study Weighs Safety of Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's long been concern that certain drugs taken to control seizures might be unsafe for use by pregnant women, due to potential effects on the fetus. Now, new British research suggests that the drug levetiracetam does

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    9. Eating Nuts During Pregnancy & Allergies in Kids

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat nuts during pregnancy -- and who aren't allergic themselves -- are less likely to have kids with nut allergies, a new study suggests. Dr. Michael Young, an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Me

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    10. Docs Warn Against Raw Milk for Kids, Pregnant Women

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- In a new position statement, U.S. pediatricians say raw milk and cheeses are simply too risky for infants, children and pregnant women. The statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, published online Dec. 16 in the

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