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    1. Premature 'Water Breaking' During Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of bacteria are associated with water breaking prematurely in pregnant women, a new study indicates. Researchers arrived at their findings by analyzing samples of amniotic sacs (fetal membranes) from 48 women

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    2. Study Weighs Safety of Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's long been concern that certain drugs taken to control seizures might be unsafe for use by pregnant women, due to potential effects on the fetus. Now, new British research suggests that the drug levetiracetam does

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    3. Eating Nuts During Pregnancy & Allergies in Kids

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat nuts during pregnancy -- and who aren't allergic themselves -- are less likely to have kids with nut allergies, a new study suggests. Dr. Michael Young, an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Me

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    4. Docs Warn Against Raw Milk for Kids, Pregnant Women

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- In a new position statement, U.S. pediatricians say raw milk and cheeses are simply too risky for infants, children and pregnant women. The statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, published online Dec. 16 in the

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    5. Pot Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers who smoke marijuana may triple their risk for a stillbirth, a new study suggests. The risk is also increased by smoking cigarettes, using other legal and illegal drugs and being exposed to secondhand smo

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    6. U.S. Pregnancy Rates Continue to Fall

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy rates continue to decline in the United States, a federal report released Thursday shows. The rate reached a 12-year low in 2009, when there were about 102 pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, acco

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    7. Steroids for Preemies May Raise ADHD Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Giving steroid injections to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child's risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral and emotional disorders, a small study suggests.

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    8. Health Risks, Costs Higher With Multiple Births

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple pregnancies are a major health issue involving significantly greater health risks for both mothers and babies and much higher medical costs, compared to pregnancies involving only one baby, a new study finds. Researcher

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    9. Exercise in Pregnancy May Boost Baby's Brain

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research. The study involving 18 moms-to-be and their babies found that "at 10 days, the children have a more mature brain when their

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    10. U.S. Preemie Birth Rate Continues to Fall: Report

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The preterm birth rate in the United States fell for a sixth consecutive year in 2012 -- and that 11.5 percent rate is a 15-year low, a new report says. Six states -- Alaska, California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont -

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