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Fever is another concern, as animal studies indicate that there is a higher risk of neural-tube defects with
an increase in body temperature. Fever also can cause uterine irritability, which can lead to preterm labor.
If you have a fever of more than 101 F, Filkin suggests calling your doctor right away.
9) answer: b
Gaining too much weight puts you at risk for developing gestational diabetes and having an overly large baby and, perhaps, a Cesarean section. But gaining less than 15 pounds can lead to a too-small baby. So pay attention to these ACOG guidelines: Overweight women should aim to gain 15 to 25 pounds; obese women, at least 15 pounds; normal-weight women, 25 to 35 pounds; and underweight women, 28 to 40 pounds. (Note: In response to the rapidly increasing numbers of overweight and obese people in this country, some experts are calling for a
re-evaluation and updating of the current weight-gain recommendations. For details, see “Face-Off” on pg. 27.)
10) answer: d
Caffeine in moderate amounts has not been shown to increase the risk of miscarriage or birth defects, so if you’re used to your morning cup of java, go ahead and enjoy it. But beware—caffeine can lurk in unexpected places:
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