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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Belly Wraps: Post-Pregnancy Hit or Hype?

    Will belly wraps help a woman get her figure back after pregnancy or are they just another get-skinny-quick gimmick? Fans say that these girdle-like garments essentially shrink-wrap the tummy, which may ease the swelling of the uterus while supporting the legs and back. But others say that's an illu

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  5. Alcohol and Pregnancy: Is 'A Little Bit' Safe?

    If you're pregnant and wondering if it's OK to indulge in the occasional small glass of merlot or to sip a little champagne on New Year’s Eve, the advice you receive may be confusing. Some doctors recommend that you completely avoid alcohol when you’re expecting; others say that occasional light dri

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  6. A Little Alcohol While Pregnant May Be OK?

    June 22, 2012 -- A drink or two each week during pregnancy may not affect a child's general intelligence at age 5, according to a new series of Danish studies. But expectant mothers who miss sipping the occasional cocktail should not necessarily raise a glass to toast the results. While the research

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  7. Got Pregnancy? Get Exercise

    Now that you're expecting, a healthy exercise program should land high on your list of priorities, right next to the prenatal vitamins and full nights of sleep. Why? For starters, you'll feel more upbeat and energetic. You'll also maintain cardiovascular health, just as a non-pregnant woman would, s

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  8. Is It Safe to Use Acne Medication During Pregnancy?

    Q: My face has been breaking out like crazy since I got pregnant six months ago. What can I use to treat it? A: Breakouts during pregnancy aren't at all uncommon -- they're due to your elevated hormone levels. But while nonpregnant women can use a range of prescription drugs for acne, those who are

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  9. Blood Test May Spot Genetic Disease in Fetuses

    June 6, 2012 -- Samples of blood and saliva from parents-to-be may help identify thousands of genetic disorders in fetuses soon after conception without invasive testing, researchers say. In a study published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the University of Was

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  10. Does Drinking Caffeine Increase Your Risk of Miscarriage?

    Q: I am pregnant and I can’t imagine giving up coffee, but my mother says I risk miscarriage. Is that really true? A: The answer is FALSE -- with some caveats. For years, obstetricians thought that even moderate caffeine consumption increased the risk of miscarriage. In fact, one study released in e

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