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    1. Planned or Emergency C-Section: Baby Health Risks?

      Dec. 15, 2015 -- Babies born by planned cesarean section have more health problems than those born by emergency C-section or vaginal birth, according to a new study. The findings suggest that labor may give babies a healthier start, even if the labor has to be interrupted by C-section, The New York

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    2. U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Record Low: CDC

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. abortion rate has declined by more than one-third over the past two decades to a record low, federal officials reported Friday. Abortions fell 35 percent between 1990 and 2010, reaching 17.7 procedures per 1,000

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    3. Mom-to-Be's Smoking Tied to Poorer Fitness in Sons

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young men may have reduced aerobic fitness if their mothers smoked during pregnancy, a new study suggests. "It's well established that smoking and breathing in secondhand smoke are harmful for both mother and baby. Our s

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    4. Mom's Diabetes, Obesity May Affect Fetal Heart

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being obese or having diabetes during pregnancy can affect the heart of the fetus, a new study finds. But the impact of these changes aren't yet clear, the researchers added. The study included 82 pregnant women with diab

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    5. This Tied to Slight Increase in Kids' Asthma Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children born by planned cesarean delivery appear to have a slightly higher chance of developing asthma than those born through vaginal delivery, researchers report. The difference in risk was small, with 3.73 percent of

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    6. This May Not Help Prevent Repeat Miscarriage

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy may not improve the odds of motherhood for women with a history of miscarriage, a new study finds. Researchers found that among more than 800 women w

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    7. Weekend Childbirth Riskier, British Study Suggests

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weekdays may be the safest time to have a baby, at least in British hospitals, a new study finds. Compared to babies born during the week, babies born on weekends are slightly more likely to die in the first week, and the

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    8. Caffeine in Pregnancy May Not Harm Baby's IQ

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy don't appear to be linked to a child's risk for lower IQ or behavior problems, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 2,200 women in the United States whose caffein

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    9. Gentle Yoga Safe in Late Pregnancy: Small Study

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga, even late into pregnancy, appears to be safe for expectant moms, according to a small new study. The research found that yoga poses don't seem to place undue stress on mom or baby. Using real-time measurements, resea

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    10. Many Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A large number of American mothers-to-be gain more weight than is good for them or their baby, federal health officials reported Thursday. Just 32 percent of pregnant women across the United States gained the recommende

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