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  1. Genes May Boost Woman's Postpartum Depression Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with specific alterations in two genes may be at increased risk of suffering depression after giving birth, a small new study suggests. The researchers hope they can use the findings to develop a blood test that coul

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  2. FDA Warns Pregnant Women About Migraine Drugs

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who struggle with migraine headaches should never use medicines containing the ingredient valproate because they can lower the IQ scores of their children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The new

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  3. Home Birth Policy Statement Issued by Doctor Group

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- With the number of home births rising, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on the practice that includes a recommendation that there be a caregiver who's present solely to take care of the newborn.

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  4. FDA Allows Return of Drug for Morning Sickness

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- A morning-sickness medication that was withdrawn from the market 30 years ago has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval under a new name. In its new form, the drug -- formerly called Bendectin and now renamed

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  5. Some Women at Risk for Blood Clots From Pregnancy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Several factors that increase the risk of blood clots in women during or after pregnancy are outlined in a large new study. Women who were older than 35, who were overweight or obese, or who smoked were at somewhat higher risk

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  6. Stress During Pregnancy, Heart Risk for Baby?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Stress in mothers before and during pregnancy may boost the risk of congenital heart defects in their children, more new evidence suggests. But the findings aren't conclusive, and the effect -- if it exists -- appears to be sma

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  7. Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy May Affect Baby

    March 13, 2013 -- Babies of moms who take antidepressants have a slightly higher risk of being born preterm and other problems. But the risk to the mom and baby of stopping antidepressants may outweigh the risks of using them, new research suggests. The research, an analysis of 23 studies, shows tha

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  8. C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. hospitals have a rate of cesarean deliveries 10 times higher than other hospitals, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 593 hospitals with at least 100 births in 2009 and found that cesarean rates at the h

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  9. Caffeine Linked to Low-Birth-Weight Babies

    Feb. 19, 2013 -- New research suggests that caffeine is linked to low-birth-weight babies and that drinking coffee is linked to a longer pregnancy. The report suggests that drinking 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day raised the risk of a baby being born small by between 27% and 62%. Smaller babi

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  10. C-Section, Formula May Not Be Best for Baby's Gut

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Being born by cesarean section has been tied to higher risks for various health problems in children, and now a new study finds these babies also have fewer "good" bacteria in their digestive tract. Similarly, babies who were e

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