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  1. Abnormal BMI Tips Scale Toward Pregnancy Complications, Study Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with a body-mass index (BMI) that is too low or too high are at increased risk for complications and additional hospitalization, according to a new Scottish study. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height

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  2. Some Painkillers Tied to Certain Birth Defects

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests. De

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  3. Drinking During Early Pregnancy

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol during and even beyond the first trimester of pregnancy doesn't seem to raise the risk of premature delivery, low birth weight or size, or high blood pressure complications for the mother, a new study claims. The s

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  4. More U.S. Women Having Kids in Their 30s and 40s: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- More women are waiting until later in life to have children, U.S. health officials reported Friday. The birth rate for women in their 30s and early 40s rose in 2012, even as birth rates for teenagers and young adults declined

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  5. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Tied to Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Women with chlamydia or gonorrhea infections before or during pregnancy are at increased risk for pregnancy complications such as stillbirth and premature birth, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3

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  6. Use of Low-Dose Steroid Creams During Pregnancy

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Women who apply prescription steroid creams such as cortisone to ease a medical issue during pregnancy should not worry that the medication will affect their baby, a new study finds. "Cortisone [creams] can be a very

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  7. Anti-Fungal Drug Not Tied to Most Birth Defects: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug 28 (HealthDay News) -- Although some reports have shown that high doses of the anti-fungal drug fluconazole (Diflucan) may raise the risk of birth defects, a new Danish review finds that more commonly prescribed lower doses of the medicine do not

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  8. Babies May Remember Words Heard Before Birth

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- If you feel like talking to your fetus in the womb, a new study suggests you should: The research finds that babies develop a memory of words they hear frequently before they are born. "We believe this shows how well the brain a

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  9. Induced Labor Linked to Raised Risk of Autism

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing or helping along labor in pregnant women may raise the risk for having a child with autism, particularly if that child is a boy, a new study suggests. Experts, including the Duke University researchers, are quick to cauti

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  10. Mother's Asthma During Pregnancy

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- A large new study of Danish women has tied a mother's asthma during pregnancy to a higher risk for developing a wide range of childhood diseases among her offspring. The finding does not broadly concern all mothers who have a histor

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