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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. New Drug Lowers Preterm Birth Risk

    Feb. 8, 2011 -- The FDA has approved an injectable drug called Makena to reduce the risk of preterm delivery before 37 weeks in pregnant women who have had at least one premature birth. Makena, or hydroxyprogesterone caproate, was approved under the federal agency’s accelerated approval regulations,

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  8. Sex OK During Most Uncomplicated Pregnancies

    Jan. 31, 2011 -- Is sex safe during pregnancy? Will it bring on labor? Could sex hurt the baby?  These are some of the many questions that may be on a pregnant woman’s mind (and her partner’s) during prenatal visits with her obstetrician. A new review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal answ

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  9. Progress Toward Blood Test for Down Syndrome

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- A new blood test may help pregnant women who are at high risk for having a baby with Down syndrome avoid more invasive tests such as amniocentesis and chronic villus sampling (CVS). The blood test analyzes components of genetic material from both the pregnant woman and her fetus tha

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  10. Alanis Morissette Gets Ready to Rock Her Baby

    Rock icon Alanis Morissette is singing a new song these days. She's recently married, very pregnant, and can't wipe the smile off her face -- even while battling morning sickness and sleepless nights. Morissette is feeling about as far removed from the angsty love songs that first propelled her to i

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