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  1. Home Births Linked to Higher Newborn Death Rate

    July 2, 2010 -- Planned home births are associated with a tripling of the newborn mortality rate compared with planned hospital deliveries, yet planned home births are also linked to reduced preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a new study. Research conducted by Joseph R. Wax, MD, and co

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  2. If You're Pregnant, You Can Eat for Two, Right?

      In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics, including some of the oldest -- and most beloved -- medical myths out there. In our July-August 2010 issue, we asked Julie Redfern, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian at Brigham and Women's

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  3. Smoking Moms, Unruly Kids?

    June 28, 2010 -- Mothers who smoke while pregnant increase the risk that their child will develop psychological problems, a new study finds. And a related study found that babies exposed to secondhand smoke from fathers or other people may be at increased risk of developing weight problems, even if

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  4. Pregnant Women Put Fashion Before Foot Health

    June 15, 2010 -- The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the U.K. says pregnant women are risking the health of their feet to keep up with celebrity trends. It says that could be a painful mistake. The society has found from a survey that half of pregnant women in the U.K. feel pressured to k

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  5. Hypnobirthing: Calmer Natural Childbirth

    When Anna Wall realized she was in labor with her son Luke, the 29-year-old first-time mom in Austin, Texas focused her breathing until she had hypnotized herself into a state of deep relaxation. Her eyes closed, she remained in deep hypnosis until delivering her baby 10 hours later. "I could hear e

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  6. Too Much Pregnancy Weight Gain Hurts Child's Heart

    June 1, 2010 -- Any weight gain during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy -- or more than a pound a week between weeks 14 and 36 -- raise the odds your child will show signs of heart disease by age 9. The findings come from the U.K. Avon study, which is following the health of nearly 14,000 children bo

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  7. Can You Guess Your Baby's Sex?

    What pregnant woman hasn't heard the line, "You're carrying low. You must be having a boy." Or: "If you have morning sickness all day, it's definitely a girl." Even stranger myths for predicting the baby's sex exist. One suggests that mommies-to-be hang their wedding ring from a strand of the father

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  8. Premature Births Decline in U.S.

    May 11, 2010 -- Though premature births rose dramatically from the early 1980s through 2006, new research suggests a change in that long upward trend, with the preterm birth rate declining in 2007 and again in 2008. It is the first two-year downturn in nearly 30 years, the CDC says in a new report.

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  9. High Doses of Vitamin D May Cut Pregnancy Risks

    May 4, 2010 -- Women who take high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy have a greatly reduced risk of complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection, new research suggests. Based on the findings, study researchers are recommending that pregnant women take 4,000 internati

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  10. Weight Rises for Pregnant Women and Newborns

    May 3, 2010 -- More babies are being born with more body fat at the same time that body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement calculated from height and weight measurements -- has increased among pregnant women, according to research presented at a national pediatrics conference. There are few studies o

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