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  1. Obesity May Be Tied to Greater Risk of Stillbirth

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese pregnant women may have a nearly twofold increased risk of stillbirth, a new study says. The leading reasons for that higher risk appear to be high blood pressure and placental disorders, the researchers suggested. "

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  2. High BP In Pregnancy May Reappear Later in Life

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to face the same health problem later in life, a new study suggests. The researchers also said they found that the brothers and sisters of these women have

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  3. Mom's Diet and Risk of Heart Defects at Birth

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat healthy diets prior to pregnancy are less likely to have a baby born with a heart defect, researchers report. Women who followed a very healthy diet were 37 percent less likely than those who ate poorly to

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  4. ADHD Risk Rises Each Week a Preemie Is Born Early

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more premature a child is born, the higher the likelihood of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a recent Finnish study. Babies born particularly underweight or overweight for their gestational

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  5. Are Vaginal Germs Linked to Preemie Birth?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have come to learn how millions of germs carried in the body affect your health. Now, a new study links premature birth to a specific kind of bacterial blend in the vagina. "Our discovery is important because i

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  6. Prescription Meds: Too Common in Pregnancy?

    Aug. 10, 2015 -- Although most doctors say prescribing drugs to pregnant women is a complex issue, they still prescribe them frequently. More than 4 out of 5 moms-to-be were given an Rx for at least one medication, and 42% were prescribed a drug that could harm a developing fetus, researchers found

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  7. Study Links Antidepressants and Birth Defects

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research provides more evidence of a possible link between antidepressant use early in pregnancy and a small increased risk of birth defects. But the study didn't prove that the medications cause birth defects, and e

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  8. Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with epilepsy may have more than a higher risk of dying during delivery, a new study suggests. "Specifically, there were 80 deaths per 100,000 women with epilepsy versus six deaths per 100,000 in women with

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  9. One Stillbirth Greatly Raises Odds for Another

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who've had one stillbirth have a four times higher risk of having another stillbirth compared to women who've had a live birth, British researchers report. The researchers noted that the overall risk of stillbir

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  10. Docs Should Discourage Pot During Pregnancy: ACOG

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should discourage women from using marijuana during pregnancy, due to the potential effects that pot's active ingredients can have on a child's brain development, new guidelines state. The recommendation was rele

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