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  1. Preterm Birth Rates Heading in Right Direction, Barely

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Preterm birth rates improved in nearly every state between 2006 and 2009, but the United States still merited only a "C" on the March of Dimes' latest Premature Birth Report Card. The U.S. rate rose to a peak of 12.8% in 2006. It declined to 12.3% in 2008 and, according to preliminar

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  2. Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Future Diabetes

    Oct. 21 2011 -- African-American women who develop pregnancy-related diabetes, called gestational diabetes, are more likely to develop diabetes in the future, a new study shows. According to the American Diabetes Association, gestational diabetes affects 18% of pregnancies. Some women with gestation

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  3. More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shots

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Pregnant women are more likely to get a flu shot than they were a few years ago, and for good reason: Evidence continues to mount that the vaccine safely protects both mother and newborn from influenza and its complications. One new study shows that pregnant women who get a flu shot

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  4. Is High Blood Pressure Linked to Birth Defects?

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- A new study may put hypertension during pregnancy under more scrutiny. Women who take blood pressure drugs called ACE inhibitors during the first trimester of their pregnancy may be no more likely to have babies with birth defects than women with hypertension who take other types of

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  5. Will I Ever Get My Pre-Pregnancy Body Back?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our November-December 2011 issue, we gave Sarah McMoyler, RN, a question about getting back in shape after having a baby.  Q:  I was in good shape before I got pregnant. How will I

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  6. Common Chemical May Disrupt Kids' Development

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- A chemical found in a wide range of consumer products may be harmful to children's mental and behavioral development and muscular coordination, a study shows. The study is published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) are used to make plastics mor

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  7. Some Common Painkillers Linked to Miscarriage Risk

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- The use of certain non-aspirin anti-inflammatory painkillers during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, a large new study shows. The study included more than 52,000 pregnant women in Canada. It found that miscarriage rates were more than twice as high

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  8. Snuff Use During Pregnancy Is Harmful to Newborns

    Aug. 29, 2011 -- Most moms-to-be are aware that you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy, but some have a hard time kicking the habit. Some turn to smokeless tobacco like snuff or other nicotine-replacement products. But these products -- and the nicotine they release - are harmful for newborns, a study

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  9. Getting Pregnant: Easy Ways to Encourage Fertility

    For some couples, getting pregnant is quick and easy. For others, things are not as easy. Sometimes, problems are linked to such specific physiological issues as blocked fallopian tubes in the woman or low to no sperm count in the man -- problems that can be addressed by a fertility specialist and s

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  10. Vitamins May Lower Risk of Birth Complication

    Aug. 19, 2011 -- Women who take a multivitamin every day around the time of conception appear to have a reduced risk for delivering low-birth-weight babies, a new study shows. Daily multivitamin use was also associated with a lower preterm birth risk among normal-weight, but not overweight, women. S

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