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    1. Not Your Mom's Pregnancy

      From getting pregnant to timing contractions during labor, there’s an app for nearly every part of your pregnancy. There are even apps that can help you name your baby and take the perfect selfie of your growing bump. “Overall, the explosion in pregnancy-related apps is great,” says Alyssa Dweck, MD

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    2. Your Prepregnancy Checklist

      You may not be pregnant yet, but there’s plenty you can do now to make yourself as healthy as possible for a growing baby. Consider this your preconception to-do list: Make an appointment with your doctor. It’s true: You’ll be seeing her plenty after you conceive. But it’s a good idea to book a visi

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    3. Getting Pregnant After 35: What Are My Chances?

      You're ready to have a baby! But if you're over 35, you might worry that you’ve missed your chance at motherhood. Rest assured, you can become a mom in your late 30s or even into your 40s. But you may not get pregnant as quickly or easily as a 20-something would. There’s no doubt it's easier to get

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    4. Preparing for Pregnancy Emotionally

      Only you can know if you’re emotionally ready to have a baby. But checking in with yourself is a smart way to start your journey to motherhood. Pregnancy is different for everyone. You can’t know exactly how the experience will be for you. And that’s OK. “Just because you don’t know what’s coming do

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    5. Heart Irregularities and Pregnancy Complication

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Heart abnormalities between pregnancies may help spot which women with a history of pregnancy-related high blood pressure (preeclampsia) might have an increased risk for the condition in future pregnancies, researchers rep

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    6. Preemie Birth Risk May Rise for Depressed Parents

      By Don Rauf HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that an expectant mother's mental and emotional health can affect her baby. New research, however, finds that depression in either the father or the mother may be linked to an increased likelihood of preterm birth. S

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    7. Pregnancy After 40 May Boost This Risk Later

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who become pregnant at age 40 or older may face a greater risk of a "bleeding" stroke later in life, new research suggests. "Women who have a pregnancy after the age of 40 appear to have a higher chance, 15 or 2

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    8. Lots of Fish in Pregnancy and Kids' Obesity Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies whose mothers eat high amounts of fish during pregnancy appear to be at raised risk for obesity in childhood, and pollutants in the fish may drive the effect, a new study finds. A research team led by Dr. Leda Chatz

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    9. This Antidepressant Linked to Postpartum Bleeding

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) appears to increase a pregnant woman's risk of excess bleeding following labor, researchers say. Effexor, a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), was linked with a m

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    10. Prenatal Acetaminophen Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known under the brand name Tylenol -- may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests. Although the study wasn't designed to pro

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