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  1. Doctors' Groups Warn Against Underwater Births

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a birthing pool during the early stages of labor can provide some benefits to women. However, giving birth underwater may put newborns at risk for serious health problems, according to a statement issued by two maj

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  2. Don't Order Fetal Ultrasound Videos As Souvenirs: FDA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers should not get fetal ultrasound videos as keepsakes and should not use over-the-counter Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although both products

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  3. Pregnancy-Related Diabetes, Future Heart Risk?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes might be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, a long-term study suggests. Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy and typically goes away after

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  4. U.S. Home Births Continued Steady Increase in 2012

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of U.S. women choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center rather than a hospital has grown by 56 percent in less than a decade, according to a new government report. Although hardly the norm, o

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  5. Balanced Diet During Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Preterm Delivery

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers are often told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and a new study adds to evidence that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of premature birth. Researchers analyzed data gathered from more than

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  6. Some Pregnant Women Are Overeating for Two

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight or obese pregnant women who believe they are "eating for two" are more likely to gain too much weight, a new study shows. Researchers cautioned that gaining too much weight during pregnancy could lead to

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  7. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Miscarriage Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breathing in someone else's tobacco fumes might raise a woman's odds for miscarriage, stillbirth or other complications, a new study suggests. The study found that the risk to pregnancy rises the longer women are

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  8. A Better Test for Down Syndrome?

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new test that examines fetal DNA from a mother's blood is more accurate at spotting chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome than standard tests offered to pregnant women, a new study indicates. Scientists fo

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  9. Guidelines to Lower C-Section Rates

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two major medical groups representing America's obstetricians/gynecologists issued joint guidelines on Wednesday aimed at curbing the overuse of cesarean sections in first-time mothers. One major change: Extending the l

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  10. Preemie Birth Tied to Higher Insulin Levels in Kids

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Based on tests of newborns and young children, a new study suggests that premature babies could face a higher risk of diabetes much later in life. The findings don't confirm a connection between premature birth and diabet

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