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    1. Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Autism Risk?

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spacing pregnancies in close succession may increase the risk of autism in children, a large new research review suggests. Examining existing research involving more than 1.1 million children, scientists also found tha

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    2. Fetus May Grow Too Fast in Obese or Diabetic Moms

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known that pregnant women who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have abnormally large babies. Now a new study suggests that this rapid fetal growth happens early in pregnancy. British researche

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    3. Pot Use in Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who use marijuana may be putting their baby at risk for health problems, a new study suggests. A review of 24 studies found that pot use during pregnancy is potentially linked to delivering a baby with a

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    4. Mom, Dad’s Caffeine Intake Linked to Miscarriage

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A couple's risk of miscarriage may rise when the woman or man consumes more than two caffeinated drinks a day in the weeks leading up to conception, a new study suggests. Risk of miscarriage also may increase if the mot

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    5. This May Point to Postpartum Depression Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of the mother-child bonding hormone oxytocin during pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of postpartum depression in some women, researchers say. The findings suggest it may eventually be possib

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    6. More Women Having Babies at Home or Birth Centers

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More women in the United States are choosing to deliver their babies at home or in birth centers, a new study indicates. In 2014, nearly 60,000 babies were born outside a hospital, the researchers said. While that is

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    7. Pre-Pregnancy Stress May Affect Baby's Size

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress hormone levels before pregnancy may affect a woman's risk of having a low birth weight baby, a new study suggests. Typically, levels of the stress hormone cortisol are high when you wake up in the morning and decl

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    8. Postpartum Depression May Mean Fewer Children

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who've had postpartum depression may not have more than two children, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 300 mothers born in the early to mid-20th century. Most of them lived in developed

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    9. Repeat C-Sections May Not Harm Baby's Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There appears to be little increased risk to a child's health if a woman has a planned cesarean delivery after a prior C-section, a new study out of Scotland finds. Still, C-section does come with risks, experts noted, a

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    10. Lack of Stem Cells: Key to Repeat Miscarriages?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of stem cells in the lining of the uterus may cause recurrent miscarriages, a new study suggests. "We have discovered that the lining of the womb in the recurrent miscarriage patients we studied is already defectiv

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