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  1. Caffeine Linked to Low-Birth-Weight Babies

    Feb. 19, 2013 -- New research suggests that caffeine is linked to low-birth-weight babies and that drinking coffee is linked to a longer pregnancy. The report suggests that drinking 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day raised the risk of a baby being born small by between 27% and 62%. Smaller babi

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  2. C-Section, Formula May Not Be Best for Baby's Gut

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Being born by cesarean section has been tied to higher risks for various health problems in children, and now a new study finds these babies also have fewer "good" bacteria in their digestive tract. Similarly, babies who were e

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  3. CDC to Pregnant Women: Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

    MONDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released new vaccine guidelines for 2013. One change is a recommendation for women to receive a dose of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine with each pregnancy. Anot

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  4. Babies Listen and Learn While in the Womb

    Jan. 3, 2013 -- Sometimes she just tells him about her day. Other times, Ruthie W. rubs her pregnant belly and tells her future son that she can’t wait to meet him (which should be any day now). And a new study shows that he not only hears his mom, but may understand her and is already learning lang

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  5. Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Safe?

    Jan. 1, 2013 -- Antidepressant use during pregnancy, long debated for its safety, is linked with a higher overall risk of stillbirth and newborn death. Now, a new study shows that risk may not be warranted. "After taking maternal characteristics such as smoking and maternal age into account, as well

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  6. Kate and William Expecting First Baby

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- Prince William and  Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first baby. The announcement from St. James's Palace was made earlier than normal because Catherine is in the hospital with an acute form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. She is n

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  7. Are Common Chemicals Affecting Your Fertility?

    Nov. 14, 2012 -- Many couples try month after month to become pregnant, and new research suggests that for some, the delay may be related to their exposure to chemicals found in the soil, water, and food supply. These chemicals, called persistent organochlorine pollutants, may persist in the environ

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  8. Pregnant Women: Get a Whooping Cough Vaccine

    Oct. 24, 2012 -- Women should get a Tdap shot during every pregnancy to protect their infant from whooping cough, even if they have had Tdap shots before, new guidelines advise. Today's recommendation comes from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the panel that sets U.S.

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  9. Vitamin D in Pregnancy May Be Key for Baby's Brain

    Sept. 20, 2012 -- Babies score higher on development tests if their moms get enough vitamin D during pregnancy, according to a Spanish study. But this is also not a cause for healthy women to start worrying. Nearly 2,000 mothers and their babies participated in the study, which found that inadequate

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  10. Excess Weight, Diabetes Raise Risk of Big Babies

    Aug. 14, 2012 -- Women who are overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy are much more likely than healthy-weight women to deliver large babies, according to new research. That's true, the researchers found, even if the women did not develop gestational diabetes, a known risk factor for deliveri

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