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    1. Pregnancy Complication Linked to Autism

      Dec. 15, 2014 -- Unborn babies whose mothers get a pregnancy condition called preeclampsia may face a higher risk of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a large new study suggests. The odds might also be greater for a developmental delay (DD), when a child doesn't hit milestones tied to language,

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    2. Fetal Exposure to Common Chemicals and Lower IQ

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed in the womb to higher amounts of two chemicals commonly found in plastics may be at higher risk for lower IQ, a new study suggests. The two compounds, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate

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    3. Many Women Don't Lose Those Pregnancy Pounds

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women's fears that pregnancy pounds will linger are validated by new research that suggests three-quarters of new mothers are heavier a year after giving birth than they were before becoming pregnant. Analyzing data from

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    4. New Drug Labels to Better Inform Pregnant Women

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new labeling system should give women and their doctors clearer information on the risks and benefits of prescription medicines when taken during pregnancy and breast-feeding, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said

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    5. Acetaminophen in Pregnancy: No Kids' Asthma Link

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, during pregnancy or giving it to young children does not raise the risk of childhood asthma, a new study finds. Concerns have been raised that the use of acetaminophen during

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    6. More Pregnant Women on Painkillers, Heroin: Study

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all

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    7. Whooping Cough Shot Seems Safe in Pregnancy: Study

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found. The Tdap vaccine doesn't increase an expecting mothers' risk of preterm delivery

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    8. Premature Births Down, But Still High: Reports

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm births in the United States fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, the lowest rate in 17 years, the March of Dimes reported Thursday. And an unrelated U.S. study finds more good news: Since 2005, the rate of preterm deli

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    9. Kidney, Urinary Defects Tied to Moms' Obesity

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's odds of having a baby with kidney and urinary tract birth defects are higher if she's obese, new research suggests. Such defects include being born with a single kidney, having kidney swelling or enlarged ureters, th

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    10. Chemical May Affect Boys' Genital Development

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to a common plastics' chemical during pregnancy may have effects on genital development in baby boys, a small study hints. Researchers found that baby boys born to moms with greater exposure to a chemical called D

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