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Stress leads to low birth weight, study finds

A review of studies on the effects of stress, chemicals and fetal development has found that stress increases the risk that exposure to toxic chemicals in pregnancy will lead to low birth weight in babies. “It appears that stress may … Continue reading

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More reasons to exercise while pregnant

Nearly all pregnant women can—and should—exercise, because staying active offers a host of benefits to both mother and child. New research out of Canada adds two more. A study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology finds that pregnant women who exercise … Continue reading

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Mom exercises, baby benefits

There is plenty of research showing that babies with a lower birth weight have a greater risk of having high blood pressure later in life. But a study out of Michigan State University suggests that the exercise habits of expectant moms may … Continue reading

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Another reason to take folic acid

It’s well known that folic acid helps prevent serious birth defects, such as spina bifida. But new research reveals that women who begin taking folic acid prior to conception may also be much less likely to have babies who are … Continue reading

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Fertility problems linked to women born underweight

Women who were very small or underweight at birth may be at least twice as likely to have fertility problems as those who were of normal size at birth, new research suggests. The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, included … Continue reading

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Snoring linked to lower birth weight

Snoring is nothing to joke about. It has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, Now, a new studies in the journal Sleep finds that pregnant women who snore three or more nights a week are … Continue reading

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