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  1. U.S. Women Delay Motherhood, Teen Births Historically Low: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- As American women continue to delay parenthood, rates of teenage births and births for women in their early 20s are at all-time lows, federal health officials reported Friday. U.S. women have their first baby at age 25.6 on av

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  2. C-Sections in U.S. Stable After 12-Year Rise: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Cesarean deliveries in the United States have leveled off for the first time in 12 years, although they still account for almost one-third of live births, U.S. health officials report. "It's about time," said Dr. Mitchell Ma

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  3. Iron Supplements May Prevent Anemia During Pregnancy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Taking iron supplements during pregnancy reduces women's risk of anemia and is linked with an increase in birth weight and a reduced risk of low birth weight, a new analysis finds. Researchers examined more than 90 studies that

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  4. Could 'Moderate' Drinking Be Safe During Pregnancy?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Children of women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant don't appear to have any neurodevelopmental problems when it comes to balance, a new British study suggests. Researchers assessed the long-term health impact o

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  5. Heavier Pregnant Women Tend to Deliver Prematurely

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight or obese women who are pregnant are more likely to give birth prematurely, and the risk of preterm delivery increases with their amount of excess weight, according to a study of more than 1.5 million deliveries in

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  6. Bowel Issues Affect 3 Out of 4 Pregnant Women

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three out of four pregnant women experience bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea, but these issues don't significantly affect their quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers from Loyola University

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  7. Low Prenatal Iodine May Affect Child's Brain Development

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Mild to moderate iodine deficiency during pregnancy may have a negative long-term impact on children's brain development, British researchers report. Low levels of the so-called "trace element" in an expectant mother's diet appear

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  8. Genes May Boost Woman's Postpartum Depression Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with specific alterations in two genes may be at increased risk of suffering depression after giving birth, a small new study suggests. The researchers hope they can use the findings to develop a blood test that coul

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  9. FDA Warns Pregnant Women About Migraine Drugs

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who struggle with migraine headaches should never use medicines containing the ingredient valproate because they can lower the IQ scores of their children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The new

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  10. Home Birth Policy Statement Issued by Doctor Group

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- With the number of home births rising, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on the practice that includes a recommendation that there be a caregiver who's present solely to take care of the newborn.

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