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  1. Music Especially Stimulating During Pregnancy?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Music moves people in many ways. And it appears to cause especially strong reactions in pregnant women, a new study finds. Moms-to-be showed greater changes in blood pressure in response to music than other women and had

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  2. Placenta Might Have Its Own Helpful Bacteria

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- How newborns receive the colonies of helpful bacteria that reside in all people and make human life possible has been a mystery. A new study suggests that the placenta -- long thought a sterile environment -- actually

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  3. Mom-to-Be's TV Habits May Affect Child's Weight

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When an expectant mom regularly eats her meals in front of the TV, chances are she'll continue that habit during her baby's feedings, a new study shows. That's a concern because infants who watch mealtime TV likely become

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  4. Pregnancy Ultrasound Bonding Moment for Dads-to-Be

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing the first ultrasound images of their unborn babies helps fathers bond with their children, according to a new small study. Researchers interviewed 22 expectant fathers, aged 23 to 41, in Michigan after they view

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  5. Size of Fetus May Affect Stillbirth Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fetuses that are either too small or too large are at increased risk for stillbirth, a large new study says. Researchers analyzed all the stillbirths that occurred over 2.5 years at 59 hospitals in five regions of the Un

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  6. Childbirth and Iron Deficiency in Babies

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing how newborns are held immediately after birth could boost the use of delayed cord clamping and potentially reduce the number of infants with iron deficiency, according to a new study. Waiting until about two mi

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  7. Aspirin Advised for Some Pregnant Women

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women at high risk for the serious condition called preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin every day after their first trimester, according to a new draft recommendation by an influential U.S. panel of expert

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  8. Doctors' Groups Warn Against Underwater Births

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a birthing pool during the early stages of labor can provide some benefits to women. However, giving birth underwater may put newborns at risk for serious health problems, according to a statement issued by two maj

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  9. Don't Order Fetal Ultrasound Videos As Souvenirs: FDA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers should not get fetal ultrasound videos as keepsakes and should not use over-the-counter Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although both products

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  10. Pregnancy-Related Diabetes, Future Heart Risk?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes might be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, a long-term study suggests. Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy and typically goes away after

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