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  1. Women in Labor May Be Fine Taking in Nourishment

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- There may be good news for moms-to-be: A new study finds that women in labor and delivery may not have to forgo all nutrition or rely solely on ice chips to rehydrate, as is typically the case now. Researchers say that allowin

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  2. Don't Rule Out Vaginal Delivery for Twins: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A vaginal delivery for women pregnant with twins may be just as safe as a planned cesarean-section delivery of the babies, a new study says. In the hands of an experienced obstetrician, there are no differences in serious adve

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  3. Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy May Affect Infants

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Young children exposed to epilepsy drugs in the womb are at increased risk of having impaired fine motor skills, according to a new study. Exposure to the drugs in breast milk, however, does not appear to pose a threat. Rese

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  4. Abnormal BMI Tips Scale Toward Pregnancy Complications, Study Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with a body-mass index (BMI) that is too low or too high are at increased risk for complications and additional hospitalization, according to a new Scottish study. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height

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  5. Some Painkillers Tied to Certain Birth Defects

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests. De

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  6. Drinking During Early Pregnancy

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol during and even beyond the first trimester of pregnancy doesn't seem to raise the risk of premature delivery, low birth weight or size, or high blood pressure complications for the mother, a new study claims. The s

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  7. More U.S. Women Having Kids in Their 30s and 40s: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- More women are waiting until later in life to have children, U.S. health officials reported Friday. The birth rate for women in their 30s and early 40s rose in 2012, even as birth rates for teenagers and young adults declined

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  8. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Tied to Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Women with chlamydia or gonorrhea infections before or during pregnancy are at increased risk for pregnancy complications such as stillbirth and premature birth, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3

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  9. Use of Low-Dose Steroid Creams During Pregnancy Won't Affect Baby: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women who apply prescription steroid creams such as cortisone to ease a medical issue during pregnancy should not worry that the medication will affect their baby, a new study finds. "Cortisone [creams] can be a

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  10. Anti-Fungal Drug Not Tied to Most Birth Defects: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug 28 (HealthDay News) -- Although some reports have shown that high doses of the anti-fungal drug fluconazole (Diflucan) may raise the risk of birth defects, a new Danish review finds that more commonly prescribed lower doses of the medicine do not

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