Medicine: Prenatal Alert

Alert Healthy women may need less care during pregnancy

For years doctors have been stressing that all pregnant women should have intensive prenatal care. But last week the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report from a federal panel of experts that urged less prenatal care -- at least for some women. About 1.6 million of the nearly 4 million women who give birth annually have no evident health problems that could jeopardize them or their babies. The panel recommended that physicians cut back -- from 13, to seven or eight -- the number of office visits typically scheduled. The group also suggested curbing some routine procedures, including blood-pressure readings,...

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