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  1. Obesity in Pregnancy May Raise Infant Death Risk

    April 7, 2011 -- Babies born to obese moms appear to have an increased risk of dying before birth, at delivery, and during their first year of life, according to a new study. Maternal obesity during early pregnancy was found to double a baby’s risk for death before delivery and up to one year after

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  2. Progesterone Gel Reduces Risk of Early Preterm Birth

    April 6, 2011 -- Progesterone gel may reduce the chances of early preterm birth in some women who are considered high risk, according to new research in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Babies born too early are at risk for many health problems, including breathing difficulty, blindness, dea

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  3. Family Trend? 2 Kids, Different Dads

    April 1, 2011 -- Many women in the U.S. have children by more than one man, a new study shows. Among women with two or more children, more than one in four -- 28% -- had different partners when they conceived the children. ''This is more common than we expected," says researcher Cassandra Dorius, Ph

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  4. FDA: Pharmacies Can Still Make Preterm Birth Drug

    March 30, 2011 -- Pharmacies can continue to make and sell inexpensive, generic versions of the premature birth drug Makena, the FDA said today. KV Pharmaceuticals recently won FDA approval of its brand-name Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate), a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. The dru

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  5. Danica McKellar Talks Pregnancy, Childbirth -- and Algebra

    Do natural childbirth and the quadratic equation share a common denominator? It just might be Danica McKellar, the former child actress who first stole hearts as Winnie Cooper on the late '80s hit show The Wonder Years before carving out a new niche as a math advocate for girls with three best-selli

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  6. Relationship Troubles Add to ‘Pre-Baby’ Blues

    March 14, 2011 -- Pregnant women in strained relationships with their partners may be more likely to experience “pre-baby blues,” finds a new study published online in BMC Public Health. While the consequences of postpartum depression on the baby, mom, and family are well-known, anxiety and depressi

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  7. Secondhand Smoke Raises Stillbirth Risk

    March 7, 2011 -- Pregnant women who don’t smoke but breathe the secondhand smoke of others have an increased risk for delivering stillborn babies or babies with birth defects, according to a new research review. Children born to women who smoke during pregnancy have an increased risk for fetal death

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  8. Prenatal Down Syndrome Blood Test in the Works

    March 7, 2011 -- A new method of screening for Down syndrome during pregnancy may eventually offer a safer, less invasive alternative to amniocentesis, according to a new study. The experimental Down syndrome test screens for genetic markers of the developmental disorder in blood samples taken from

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  9. Opioid Painkillers Linked to Birth Defects

    March 2, 2011 -- Taking codeine, hydrocodone, or other opioid painkillers shortly before or early in pregnancy increases the risk of congenital heart defects and other birth defects, a study shows. The study by CDC researchers is published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. About

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  10. What's the Best Age to Have a Baby?

    By Elise Nersesian-Solé Kilee Nickels, 24, stay-at-home mom Children: 21 month and 4 month old boys Best time to have a baby? Early 20s I got married at the age of 20. At the time, I was studying for a degree in nutrition. School is important, but I wanted to be a mom first. I was pregnant at age 21

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