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  1. Some Common Painkillers Linked to Miscarriage Risk

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- The use of certain non-aspirin anti-inflammatory painkillers during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, a large new study shows. The study included more than 52,000 pregnant women in Canada. It found that miscarriage rates were more than twice as high

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  2. Snuff Use During Pregnancy Is Harmful to Newborns

    Aug. 29, 2011 -- Most moms-to-be are aware that you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy, but some have a hard time kicking the habit. Some turn to smokeless tobacco like snuff or other nicotine-replacement products. But these products -- and the nicotine they release - are harmful for newborns, a study

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  3. Vitamins May Lower Risk of Birth Complication

    Aug. 19, 2011 -- Women who take a multivitamin every day around the time of conception appear to have a reduced risk for delivering low-birth-weight babies, a new study shows. Daily multivitamin use was also associated with a lower preterm birth risk among normal-weight, but not overweight, women. S

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  4. Prepregnancy Obesity Linked to Asthma in Teens

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- Children of women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant may be more likely to have asthma by the time of adolescence, a new study shows. Researchers in Britain, Finland, and Sweden say their study suggests that being overweight during pregnancy may interfere with nor

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  5. Boy or Girl? Fetal DNA Tests Often Spot On

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Using fetal DNA from a mother's blood to determine the unborn baby's sex is highly effective, according to a new review of the research. "After seven weeks of gestation, the accuracy of fetal sex detection is very good using maternal blood," says researcher Diana W. Bianchi, MD, a re

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  6. DHA During Pregnancy May Cut Infant Colds

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Getting enough of an essential fatty acid during pregnancy may help prevent colds in newborns. A new study shows that women who received supplements of the fatty acid known as DHA during pregnancy had babies that had fewer colds at age 1 month. The babies also had fewer coughing epis

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  7. Strokes During Pregnancy, Childbirth on the Rise

    July 28, 2011 -- Strokes during pregnancy and after childbirth have increased at what one CDC researcher calls an alarming rate. Elena V. Kuklina, MD, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist, and colleagues compared stroke rates during pregnancy, during childbirth, and after childbirth. They used a national datab

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  8. Stress in Pregnancy May Make Kids Vulnerable to Stress

    July 19, 2011 -- Children born to mothers who are highly stressed during pregnancy exhibit genetic changes that may make them more vulnerable to stress themselves, new research finds. The study found that children and teens whose mothers had been victims of domestic violence during pregnancy had alt

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  9. Smoking in Pregnancy Raises Birth Defect Risk

    July 11, 2011 -- Babies born to moms who smoke are more likely to have certain birth defects compared to infants with mothers who don't smoke during pregnancy, a large new study shows. The study, a fresh look at 50 years of research, is the first scientific review of studies that have looked at the

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  10. Pregnant Women Don't Need Vitamin D Screening

    June 20, 2011 -- Routine screening of all pregnant women for vitamin D deficiency is not recommended, according to new guidelines issued by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Although vitamin D deficiency is considered common during pregnancy, the group says there is no

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