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    1. No Link Between Antibiotics and Birth Defects

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new Canadian study did not find any association between two common types of antibiotics taken during pregnancy and a higher risk of adverse effects to the baby. Four out of 10 pregnant women are prescribed antibiotics, w

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    2. Doctors Can Fine-Tune Estimates of Delivery Dates

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple test could give pregnant women a better idea of when they'll give birth, researchers say. Currently, only 5 percent of women deliver on their due date. The study authors said estimates can be off by as much as

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    3. Light Meal During Labor May Be Safe for Most Women

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Labor and delivery is often a grueling ordeal for many women, and current guidelines rule out eating. But new Canadian research suggests that a light meal during labor could be a good idea for most healthy women. "Our fi

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    4. High BP In Pregnancy Tied to Newborn Heart Defects

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to moms with a pregnancy complication called pre-eclampsia may have a heightened risk of heart defects, a large new study finds. The Canadian researchers stressed that the risk is still very low: More serious hea

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    5. Study Says Tdap Vaccine Safe During Pregnancy

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even if a woman gets a tetanus-containing shot before she conceives, it is still safe to give her the tetanus-containing Tdap vaccine while she is pregnant, new research indicates. As it stands, federal guidelines state t

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    6. Docs: No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While some studies have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians' group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant. "The only guarantee o

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    7. Infants' Heart Defect and Pregnancy Blood Sugar

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High blood sugar levels during pregnancy may increase a baby's risk of a heart defect, even among women without diabetes, a new study suggests. "Diabetes is the tail end of a spectrum of metabolic abnormalities," said stud

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    8. Common Gene Variant May Raise Miscarriage Risk

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that a common gene variant may be linked to both early pregnancy loss and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The variant in a woman's genome, which causes errors in the cell replicat

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    9. 3D Printing Safeguards Baby Before Birth

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When Michigan doctors saw a large mass on the face of a fetus late in pregnancy, they feared it might block the baby's airway at birth. The doctors didn't know what the abnormality was, or if the infant would need lifesaving

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    10. FAQ: Pregnancy Complications and Your Heart

      Sept. 22, 2015 -- You may have seen headlines linking pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure and early delivery to a later risk of dying from heart disease. In a study published Monday, researchers found a link between the two -- and said the risk of later heart-disease death rises with

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