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  1. Smoking Moms, Unruly Kids?

    June 28, 2010 -- Mothers who smoke while pregnant increase the risk that their child will develop psychological problems, a new study finds. And a related study found that babies exposed to secondhand smoke from fathers or other people may be at increased risk of developing weight problems, even if

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  2. Pregnant Women Put Fashion Before Foot Health

    June 15, 2010 -- The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the U.K. says pregnant women are risking the health of their feet to keep up with celebrity trends. It says that could be a painful mistake. The society has found from a survey that half of pregnant women in the U.K. feel pressured to k

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  3. Too Much Pregnancy Weight Gain Hurts Child's Heart

    June 1, 2010 -- Any weight gain during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy -- or more than a pound a week between weeks 14 and 36 -- raise the odds your child will show signs of heart disease by age 9. The findings come from the U.K. Avon study, which is following the health of nearly 14,000 children bo

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  4. Premature Births Decline in U.S.

    May 11, 2010 -- Though premature births rose dramatically from the early 1980s through 2006, new research suggests a change in that long upward trend, with the preterm birth rate declining in 2007 and again in 2008. It is the first two-year downturn in nearly 30 years, the CDC says in a new report.

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  5. High Doses of Vitamin D May Cut Pregnancy Risks

    May 4, 2010 -- Women who take high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy have a greatly reduced risk of complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection, new research suggests. Based on the findings, study researchers are recommending that pregnant women take 4,000 internati

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  6. Weight Rises for Pregnant Women and Newborns

    May 3, 2010 -- More babies are being born with more body fat at the same time that body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement calculated from height and weight measurements -- has increased among pregnant women, according to research presented at a national pediatrics conference. There are few studies o

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  7. Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Pregnancy Problems

    April 14, 2010 -- Weight loss surgery prior to pregnancy may help prevent pregnancy complications for obese women. Obese women are much more likely to develop complications during pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, or preeclampsia, which raises the risk of premature birth and infant death. In a

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  8. Vitamin C No Help for Preeclampsia

    April 8, 2010 -- Taking high doses of vitamins C and E does not protect against a common and potentially fatal high blood pressure disorder during pregnancy, a large, government study confirms. More than 10,000 pregnant women took part in the National Institutes of Health-funded trial, designed to d

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  9. Teen Births Down in 2008

    April 6, 2010 -- After two years of consecutive increases, the teen birth rate in the U.S. dropped by 2% in 2008, signaling what researchers hope is a return to a downward trend. According to the CDC report, the teen birth rate declined from 42.5 births per 1,000 teenagers in 2007 to 41.5 births per

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  10. Exercise During Pregnancy for Smaller Baby

    April 5, 2010 -- Women who exercise moderately during pregnancy give birth to somewhat smaller babies, which may reduce the infants' obesity risk later, according to a new study. The average birth weight of babies born to exercising mothers was lower but still very healthy. The average birth weight

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