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  1. Common Antibacterials and Growth of Fetus

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Aug. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant women and their unborn children are being exposed to antibacterial compounds that may be linked to developmental and reproductive issues, a new small study suggests. The antibacterial triclosan appeared in

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  2. Blood Test May Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds. The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women's red blood c

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  3. Blood Thinner Doesn’t Prevent Miscarriages: Study

    July 25, 2014 -- Injected blood thinners don’t prevent pregnancy complications in women who may be prone to blood clots, a new study shows. Women who have had miscarriages are often given blood tests to check for genetic problems that may lead to blood clots. These inherited clotting problems affect

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  4. Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies seem to learn even before they're born, a new study suggests. By the time women are 34 weeks pregnant, their unborn babies can respond to the sound of their mother's voice reciting a familiar nursery rhyme,

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  5. Obesity During Pregnancy and Asthma Risk in Kids

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those wh

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  6. Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The new study also hints -- but doesn't prove --

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  7. Pregnant Workers Get More Protection Under New U.S. Guidelines

    July 16, 2014 -- New guidelines to protect pregnant employees from workplace discrimination have been issued by the U.S. government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The first updated guidelines in 30 years say that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant

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  8. Exercising Moms-to-Be May Have Less-Chubby Babies

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study finds. Researchers said that could be a good thing, since extra fat at birth could continue into childhood a

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  9. C-Section May Raise Odds of Failed Pregnancy Later

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A cesarean delivery might put women at a slightly increased risk for ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth in future pregnancies, a new study finds. However, the risk for either complication is still very low, researchers said.

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  10. Grief in Pregnancy May Trigger Obesity in Adulthood

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unborn children of mothers exposed to severe stress are more likely than others to grow up overweight or obese, even if that stress occurred months before pregnancy, a new Danish study has found. Children whose biologica

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