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  1. U.S. Pregnancy Rates Continue to Fall

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy rates continue to decline in the United States, a federal report released Thursday shows. The rate reached a 12-year low in 2009, when there were about 102 pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, acco

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  2. Steroids for Preemies May Raise ADHD Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Giving steroid injections to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child's risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral and emotional disorders, a small study suggests.

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  3. Health Risks, Costs Higher With Multiple Births

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple pregnancies are a major health issue involving significantly greater health risks for both mothers and babies and much higher medical costs, compared to pregnancies involving only one baby, a new study finds. Researcher

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  4. Exercise in Pregnancy May Boost Baby's Brain

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research. The study involving 18 moms-to-be and their babies found that "at 10 days, the children have a more mature brain when their

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  5. U.S. Preemie Birth Rate Continues to Fall: Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The preterm birth rate in the United States fell for a sixth consecutive year in 2012 -- and that 11.5 percent rate is a 15-year low, a new report says. Six states -- Alaska, California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont -

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  6. Pregnancy Weight Gain and Autism Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Modest weight gain during pregnancy might be a sign for autism risk among newborns, new research suggests. Investigators took pains to stress that it is not weight gain itself that is being tagged as a cause of autism. Nor do the c

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  7. Ob/Gyns Change Pregnancy Length Definitions

    New definitions of preterm and full term pregnancies have been released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Until now, a baby was considered preterm if born before 37 weeks of pregnancy and full term if born anytime from 37 to 42 weeks, the Associated Press reported. The new

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  8. IUD Won't Hurt Future Fertility, Study Contends

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, do not impair women's future fertility, according to a new study. Researchers in Guangdong, China found that once these contraceptive devices are removed, women have relat

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  9. Popular Morning Sickness Drug Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-nausea medication metoclopramide appears to be a safe and effective treatment for morning sickness, Danish researchers report. More than 40,000 women exposed to metoclopramide while pregnant did not face any increase

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  10. Plastics Chemicals Tied to Reproductive Woes

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Two plastics chemicals -- bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates -- may reduce the reproductive ability of both men and women, according to a new pair of small, early studies. Women with high levels of BPA in their blood have an 80

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