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    1. Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, Baby

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who nibble just a small piece of chocolate each day may improve the circulatory health of their unborn child, a new study suggests. The tiny treat may also reduce the risk for preeclampsia, a potentially deadl

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    2. Diabetes Drug May Not Help Obese Women Do This

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Giving the diabetes drug metformin to obese pregnant women may not help their newborns come into the world at a healthier weight, a new trial finds. The study, reported Feb. 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to

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    3. Babies Born Late May Be at Risk for Complications

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born weeks after their due date may be at increased risk for complications and illness that can land them in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study suggests. Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israe

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    4. Pregnant Women Put Babies at Risk With Alcohol

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking before and during pregnancy can cause lifelong physical, behavioral and mental problems for a child. Yet more than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tues

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    5. Could C-Section Babies Benefit From This?

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dabbing infants delivered by cesarean section with their mothers' vaginal secretions restores some of the potentially helpful bacteria that newborns naturally pick up when they pass through the birth canal, a small study

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    6. Small Bump in BP During Pregnancy Might Harm Baby

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even slightly elevated blood pressure in late pregnancy may increase the risk of having an underweight or stillborn infant, new research suggests. Women with prehypertension -- sometimes called borderline high blood press

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    7. Prenatal Vitamin D and Baby's Asthma Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's been speculation that a daily vitamin D supplement taken in pregnancy might lower the odds for asthma in children. However, two new studies find no evidence for such an effect. One study "did not show a statistica

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    8. Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Tied to Newborn Death Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infants whose mothers were obese before pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of death, according to a new study. But even though the researchers found that pre-pregnancy obesity was related to worse outcomes for infa

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    9. More Evidence Preterm Birth May Raise Autism Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- According to a new study, very premature infants may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with autism by age 4, although the research questions just how high the odds are. The Australian study, published online Jan. 21

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    10. During Pregnancy, Skin Cancer May Be Deadlier

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer during or just after pregnancy are at greater risk from the cancer than other women, a new study finds. Pregnancy hormones may fuel the most deadly type of skin cancer, the rese

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