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  1. Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels could make childbirth more painful, according to a new study. Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk women, including vegetarians, those with little sun exposure,

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  2. Fried Foods and Gestational Diabetes Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating fried food before pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 21,000 single-child pregnancies in the United Stat

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  3. Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical and Future Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans -- known as bisphenol A, or BPA -- may increase a child's risk of breathing problems, researchers say. In a study of nearly 400 pregnant women and th

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  4. Woman Gives Birth After Womb Transplant

    Oct. 3, 2014 -- A 36-year-old Swedish woman has given birth after getting a womb transplant, in what her doctors call a medical first. In a study that will be published Oct. 5 in The Lancet, doctors report the baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month. Both the mother and her child are no

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  5. Pregnancy, Autoimmune Drugs and Infant Infections

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests. The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an

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  6. Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe: Small Studies

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest. Some doctors are reluctant to administer

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  7. Pre-Pregnancy Lifestyle and Gestational Diabetes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 American women. They found that the strongest ris

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  8. Too Few Pregnant Women Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- To protect newborns from whooping cough, U.S. health officials advise all women to get vaccinated against the infection during pregnancy. But researchers report that too few do. This Michigan-based study of wom

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  9. Why Pregnant Women Get Sicker From Flu

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women appear to have an unusually strong immune response to the flu, according to a new study. And this strong immune response may help explain why pregnant women get sicker from the flu than other health

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  10. Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby? New research suggests that taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with

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