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  1. Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Harm Kids' Brains

    April 30, 2012 -- Prenatal exposure to a pesticide used on many crops may be linked with abnormal changes in a child's developing brain, scientists report. Compared to children with low prenatal exposure, those with high exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos had abnormalities in the cortex (the out

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  2. Children Born to Unmarried Couples on the Rise

    April 12, 2012 -- Over the last decade, while many fertility trends have remained stable in the U.S., one definitely has not: the number of first births among unmarried couples who were living together. Among women ages 15 to 44, that figure has risen from 12% of first births in 2002 to 22% between

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  3. Women Have Longer Labors Now

    March 30, 2012 -- Women giving birth can expect to have longer labors than women did 50 years ago, according to a new analysis by National Institutes of Health researchers. For first-time mothers, the first stage of labor has increased by 2.6 hours, says Katherine Laughon, MD, a researcher at the Eu

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  4. Trying to Get Pregnant? Moderate Exercise May Help

    March 15, 2012 -- If you’re trying to get pregnant, adding a brisk walk to your daily routine may help -- but you may want to hold off training for that marathon. Moderate physical activity was found to benefit women of all body types in a new study examining the impact of exercise on fertility, whi

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  5. Are Repeat C-Sections Safer Than Natural Birth?

    March 13, 2012 -- Planned repeat cesarean section is linked to healthier outcomes among mothers and babies compared to vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, in a new study from Australia. Death and serious health issues associated with either delivery method were rare. But women in the study who ha

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  6. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Increase Middle-Age Heart Risk

    Feb. 21, 2012 -- When a woman has high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, this may help predict her chances of developing heart disease perhaps as early as middle age, a new study suggests. British researchers were hoping to understand why women who have certain common pregn

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  7. Low Vitamin D in Pregnancy Linked to Language Problems in Children

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- Women who have low levels of vitamin D in their blood during pregnancy increase their odds of having a child with language problems. A new study from Australia suggests that white women who had the lowest stores of vitamin D during their second trimester were nearly twice as likely

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  8. C-Sections Not Always Best for Small Babies

    Feb. 9, 2012 -- Babies in the womb who are smaller than they should be have higher rates of breathing problems when delivered early by C-section vs. similar babies who are born vaginally, a new study shows. In the past, obstetricians have often chosen to deliver a baby by C-section if a baby is not

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  9. Chemo May Not Harm Unborn Baby

    Feb. 9, 2012 -- There is reassuring news for women who are pregnant and facing treatment for cancer. A new study shows little evidence that exposure to chemotherapy in the womb in the second and third trimesters leads to health problems or developmental delays in childhood. Children in the study who

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  10. Home Births on the Rise

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- Are home births in again? Home births declined from 1990 to 2004, but jumped by 29% from 2004 to 2009. Even with this increase, the overall percentage of women giving birth at home remains low. In 2004, 0.56% of births occurred at home, and 0.72% in 2009. “This is a fairly rapid inc

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