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August 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Love Hewitt is back on Twitter and ready to talk pregnancy. "The Client List" star announced her pregnancy and subsequent engagement to costar Brian Hallisay in June. The curvy starlet then took a self-inflicted Twitter hiatus in early July after she received a lot of "negativity" following her big news. "Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to there own well being. I'm sad to say twitter is No longer for me. I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support.
April 24, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Pregnant women who took the anti-seizure drug valproate during pregnancy increased the odds that their baby would have autism, and were roughly twice as likely to give birth to a child who would go on to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to a large study that captured 10 years of births in Denmark. Valproate, often known by its commercial name Depakote, is widely prescribed in the treatment of epilepsy and a wide range of psychiatric conditions. It is one of a class of drugs that has been linked to a child's delayed cognitive development and to some congenital malformations.
February 4, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Joe Flacco's life changed forever Sunday night. He's now a Super Bowl champion -- and a Super Bowl MVP on top of that -- after leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Not only has he silenced his seemingly ever-present critics, he almost certainly will become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL after a performance that included three first-half touchdowns. But there's more, something that has nothing to do with football. At his private post-game party for family and friends, Flacco and his wife, Dana, announced that they are expecting their second child -- news they had kept to themselves until that point.
October 24, 2012 | By Karin Klein
To be fair, Richard Mourdock, the U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana, isn't a myth-slinging blowhard like another GOP contender for the Senate, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri. It's hard to forget Akin's less-than-expert medical opinion that in cases of "legitimate rape," women's bodies have ways to prevent a pregnancy, or as he put it, "shut that whole thing down. " Mourdock, a "tea party" candidate who won the GOP nomination over a more moderate Republican, was speaking on matters of faith, not (pseudo)
September 6, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) during the early stages of pregnancy may be linked with a higher risk of miscarriage, a study finds. Canadian and French researchers evaluated 4,705 miscarriage cases up to the 20th week of pregnancy among women age 15 to 45. They were matched with 47,050 controls who did not have a miscarriage at the same point in their pregnancy as corresponding women in the other group. Among the women who had a spontaneous abortion, 7.5% had previously filled at least one prescription for an NSAID during their pregnancy, compared with 2.6% of women who did not miscarry.
December 6, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kelly Clarkson is happy to be pregnant, but she's really not enjoying the physical  process very much at all. As far as she's concerned, morning sickness goes way beyond morning, and the whole "glow" thing is a big fat lie. Clarkson told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday, while promoting her new Christmas album, that women who are bubbly about how great pregnancy is and how little they feel sick are definitely off her friend list right now. "I want...
December 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch said in a report that international corporations are forcing women to undergo pregnancy tests before hiring them in assembly factories along the U.S.-Mexican border. The group said maquiladora factories owned by U.S., European and Asian firms continued to violate women's rights in breach of Mexican labor law by refusing to hire pregnant women. The report named several foreign companies, including German electronics giant Siemens, U.S.
Black and Latino women have "substantially higher" pregnancy rates at all ages than do white women, but the pregnancies among black women are far more likely to end in abortion than those among white women and Latinas, a new government report shows. The National Center for Health Statistics report is the first to present a detailed breakdown of pregnancy patterns in each of these groups.
January 2, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
A test that tells a woman when she can have sex without using artificial birth control to avoid pregnancy has been developed by a biotechnology company that said it will be at least a year before it gains regulatory approval. Monoclonal Antibodies of Mountain View, Calif., has released details about the test, which it said provides valid results only during the second half of a woman's monthly cycle, after ovulation.
December 29, 1986
After reading the letters of Nov. 17 in response to Archbishop Roger Mahony's pastoral letter (Metro, Nov. 7), I too wanted to respond. Ten years ago I was a pregnant teen-ager. My pregnancy was a direct result of sexual ignorance. I was very upset to learn that Archbishop Mahony and his fellow churchmen condenm school-based clinics. While I appreciate Mahony's right to express himself, I feel the official prejudices of his church outweigh the facts. Perhaps it is time to put our religious beliefs aside and concentrate on solutions.
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