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    1. Pregnancy Flu Shot Protects Newborn for 8 Weeks

             By Robert Preidt                  HealthDay Reporter                              TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A flu shot during pregnancy protects newborns against the flu for about two months after birth, a new study finds.        Previous studies have shown that flu vaccinatio

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    2. BP Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who have blood pressure in the high-normal range may have an increased risk for metabolic syndrome after they give birth, a new study indicates. Metabolic syndrome -- which increases the risk of heart diseas

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    3. Folic Acid Now Added to Corn Masa Flour: FDA

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding folic acid to corn masa flour could help reduce birth defects among Hispanic babies in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA recently approved the addition of folic acid, a B vitamin

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    4. Smoking During Pregnancy and Schizophrenia Risk

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk that a child could develop schizophrenia, new research suggests. "This is, so far, the largest study to show an association between prenatal nicotine exposure and schizophrenia,"

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    5. Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot while pregnant may increase the risk of premature delivery, a new study suggests. Women who continue using marijuana up to 20 weeks' gestation have a five times greater increase in the risk of preterm birth

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    6. Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be as Effective as Thought?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which include

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    7. Excess Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But a new study suggests that excessiv

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    8. Are Mom’s Diet Drinks Boosting Baby’s Weight?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened drinks every day may be more likely to give birth to heavier babies who are then more likely to become overweight children, researchers report. "Infants born to women who reg

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    9. Expectant Mom's Flu Shot Protects 2

      By Don Rauf HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a pregnant woman gets vaccinated for the flu, the protection extends to her baby too, new research confirms. Babies 6 months and younger whose mothers had a flu vaccine during pregnancy were 70 percent less likely to have l

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    10. Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being exposed to just a small amount of air pollution during pregnancy ups the risk of a pregnancy complication that can cause long-term health problems in children, a new study warns. "This study raises the concern tha

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