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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Too Much, Too Little Sleep and Pregnancy Weight

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping too few or too many hours a night may lead to excessive weight gain during pregnancy, a new study suggests. "We know that poor sleep in pregnancy has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes," wrote researcher D

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    4. Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, Baby

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who nibble just a small piece of chocolate each day may improve the circulatory health of their unborn child, a new study suggests. The tiny treat may also reduce the risk for preeclampsia, a potentially deadl

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    5. Diabetes Drug May Not Help Obese Women Do This

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Giving the diabetes drug metformin to obese pregnant women may not help their newborns come into the world at a healthier weight, a new trial finds. The study, reported Feb. 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to

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    6. Pregnant Women Put Babies at Risk With Alcohol

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking before and during pregnancy can cause lifelong physical, behavioral and mental problems for a child. Yet more than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tues

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    7. Babies Born Late May Be at Risk for Complications

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born weeks after their due date may be at increased risk for complications and illness that can land them in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study suggests. Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israe

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    8. Could C-Section Babies Benefit From This?

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dabbing infants delivered by cesarean section with their mothers' vaginal secretions restores some of the potentially helpful bacteria that newborns naturally pick up when they pass through the birth canal, a small study

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    9. Small Bump in BP During Pregnancy Might Harm Baby

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even slightly elevated blood pressure in late pregnancy may increase the risk of having an underweight or stillborn infant, new research suggests. Women with prehypertension -- sometimes called borderline high blood press

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    10. Prenatal Vitamin D and Baby's Asthma Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's been speculation that a daily vitamin D supplement taken in pregnancy might lower the odds for asthma in children. However, two new studies find no evidence for such an effect. One study "did not show a statistica

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