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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. What Can I Do About Morning Sickness?

    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, Hansa Bhargava, MD, a pediatrician, answered a question about dealing with morning sickness during pregnancy. A: So-called morning sickness affects about

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  8. Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity Linked to Autism

    May 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- Women who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are obese before pregnancy are more likely to have a child with autism, according to new research. "For mothers with at least one of these conditions, there was a 60% increased risk for autism in the offspring," says Irva H

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  9. Pesticide Exposure in Womb Linked to Lower IQ

    April 21, 2011 -- Children exposed to pesticides in the womb are more likely to have measurable problems with intelligence, memory, and attention, three new studies show. The pesticides in question, a class of chemicals called organophosphates, have long concerned both scientists and regulators beca

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  10. High C-Section Rates Aren’t Linked to Healthier Babies

    April 15, 2011 -- High rates of induction of labor and/or cesarean section delivery in low-risk pregnant women may not necessarily lead to healthier newborns, a study shows. The study is published in the April issue of the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. “Whether a hospital had high

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