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4 Your Health: Overweight couples may take longer to have a baby

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Tucson- Obese couples face a tougher time getting pregnant.

A new government study is one of the first to look at the weight of both partners and not just women, who are trying to have a baby.

Researchers found, on average, obese couples took nearly 60 percent longer to become pregnant than normal weight couples. Experts say fertility specialists should advise their obese patients to lose weight, to reduce the time needed to conceive.

Also, women who have more pregnancies, may be at greater risk of developing an irregular heart beat later in life.

Researchers studied nearly 35,000 healthy women over a 20 year period. Women who were pregnant, four or more times, were 30 to 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation than those who weren't pregnant. A-fib can lead to blood clots, stroke and other complications.

And the safety of childhood vaccines may be controversial but most Americans believe the benefits outweigh the risks. That according to a new survey from pew research center. 82 percent of people support laws requiring the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for children attending public school. However, nearly half of parents of young children believe the risk of side effects from the vaccine is significant.

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