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  1. U.S. Births Decline; Economy to Blame?

    Aug. 27, 2010 -- The number of babies born in the United States declined an estimated 2.6% in 2009 compared to the previous year, the CDC says. And it may be the result of the downturn in the economy. The new report, by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, says provisional data indicate

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  2. Herpes Drugs May Be Safe in Early Pregnancy

    Aug. 24, 2010 -- Taking certain antiviral medications for herpes infections during the first three months of pregnancy does not increase a child's risk of major birth defects, researchers report in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The antiviral drugs acyclovir, v

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  3. Study: Diet Sodas May Raise Risk of Preterm Delivery

    Aug. 20, 2010 -- Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks may be at increased risk for preterm delivery, a study shows. But a spokeswoman for a beverage trade group says the study doesn't demonstrate cause and effect and unnecessarily alarms pregnant w

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  4. Stress May Affect Chances of Getting Pregnant

    Aug. 12, 2010 -- There is now scientific evidence to back up the widely held belief that stress can interfere with fertility. Women in a newly published study were less likely to conceive when they exhibited higher levels of a stress-related enzyme known as alpha-amylase. The research is the first o

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  5. Study: No Need to Delay Pregnancy After Miscarriage

    Aug. 5, 2010 -- How soon until we can try again?  This is one of the first questions that women who have experienced  a miscarriage will ask their doctor. And a new study suggests that there is no reason for many women to delay getting pregnant after a miscarriage. According to a new study, the soon

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  6. Too Much Pregnancy Weight Gain Raises Child’s Obesity Risk

    Aug. 4, 2010 -- Women who put on too many pounds during pregnancy are at risk of having a baby with a high birth weight, which may increase the child’s risk for long-term obesity, researchers report. High birth weight is associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement of height and w

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  7. New Guidelines for Women With Prior Cesareans

    July 21, 2010 -- Many women who have had a cesarean section delivery -- and some who have had two C-sections -- can safely attempt to deliver vaginally, according to updated guidelines on vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ''What

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  8. Moderate Coffee Drinking OK in Pregnancy

    July 21, 2010 -- Many pregnant women cut out caffeine the minute they find out they are expecting because of fears that their daily coffee may increase their risk for miscarriage or preterm birth. But a new position statement issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) s

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  9. Obesity May Increase Risk of Preterm Birth

    July 20, 2010 -- Babies born to women who are overweight or obese are more likely to be delivered prematurely, and the heavier the mother's weight, the greater the risk, a study shows. Obesity is a well-established risk factor for a long list of pregnancy and birth complications, including miscarria

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  10. Study Measures Gestational Diabetes Risk

    July 12, 2010 -- Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes during their first pregnancy are at increased risk for developing this condition in their second or third pregnancies, a study shows. The study, published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, also  shows the risk

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