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  1. Does Mom's Cell Phone Startle the Fetus?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellph

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  2. Unsupervised Home Births on the Rise: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Home births without a midwife or doctor present -- which have been linked to increased risk of infant death and disease -- have jumped 79 percent in the United States in recent years, researchers report. The actual number

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  3. Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigs 'Safer'

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of pregnant women surveyed think electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. What's more, only 57 percent of the women believed that e-cigarettes cont

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  4. Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers, also

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  5. Test for Down Syndrome Called 'Major Advance'

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A DNA-based blood test appears to be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children than other screening methods for the genetic disorder, researchers say. The test exhibited perfect accuracy in

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  6. Gestational Diabetes Drug and Complication Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When used to treat diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), the drug glyburide has been linked to a number of complications in the baby, according to a new study. In fact, infants born to mothers

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  7. Yoga May Help Ease Depression in Pregnant Women

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that yoga may help ease depression in pregnant women. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy,"

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  8. Many Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all pregnant women gain more weight than recommended during pregnancy, a new study finds. "This is a concern because gaining too much weight has health consequences for both mothers and infants," said stud

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  9. Depression in Pregnancy and Child's Asthma Risk

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A child may face an increased risk of asthma if the child's mother experienced depression during her pregnancy or she took an older antidepressant to treat her condition, new research suggests. However, more than 80 percent

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  10. Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the United States are seeing more infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers -- a problem highlighted by a new Florida-based report. These infants experience what's called neonatal abstinence syndrome as th

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