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    My youngest child is 6 years old, so it's been a while since I have personally experienced the giddy, barfy early days of pregnancy. Still, there's something about the first trimester that has a way of lingering in the old memory bank, am I right? You'd think Mother Nature would have designed us to sort of ease into things, gestationally speaking, but NOOOOO.

    Before I got pregnant for the first time, I knew the basics about what to expect while expecting ... but I could never have truly been prepared for the reality of it. I know everyone's different, but here's my take on the 8 things that surprised me the most about the first trimester.

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    Could Eva Mendes actually be pregnant? That's the theory of The Daily Mail after Eva was supposedly spotted avoiding the security body scan at Los Angeles International Airport. Keep in mind no one else is reporting this, so who knows. And maybe Eva didn't want TSA guards "laughing" at her perfect body, as supposedly they laugh at our bodies. Though I'm sure no one is laughing at Eva's. Maybe she didn't want them drooling. But if true it would certainly bring up the question -- who's the daddy? Eva was (is?) Ryan Gosling's longtime girlfriend, but the two haven't been photographed together in months.

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    Mark and Britt Sherman are not only a super adorable couple, they're actually pretty inspirational as well. They've served as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania, and plan to head back to east Africa as soon as possible. They're also prolific bloggers with amazing stories to tell over at Those Crazy Shermans.

    But they've had something else going on in their lives too -- a new baby! After spending years thinking they didn't want kids, they had a change of heart and captured Britt's pregnancy in the best time-lapse "growing belly" video I've ever seen.

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    Plenty of parents wind up having their babies fairly close together in age -- but one mom in the U.K. is getting way more than she bargained for after conceiving triplets four weeks after giving birth to her first child!

    I know. My head is spinning too over the idea of have four babies all under the age of 1 in the span of less than a year. Holy. Moly.

    Sarah and Benn Ward had a tough time getting pregnant with their son, Freddie. They decided to go ahead and start trying for another baby shortly after his birth, thinking it would take quite some time again.

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    When it comes to pregnancy announcements, some are sweet, some are really cute -- and then there are those that are so unique and fun, you could kick yourself for not thinking of them when you told people you had a baby on board.

    Like the couple who turned their pregnancy news into a horror movie scene ... literally. No, not with blood and gore and guts and all that junk.

    Take a look -- I promise you won't be too terrified.

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    Aww! After hearing new details about how Jenni Farley found out she was pregnant, for a minute I felt like I was reliving my own "OMG I think I'm knocked up" moment all over again.

    In a new blog post, JWoww described the moment she first looked at the pregnancy test to see if she had a positive result. I think it's safe to say most moms will relate to what happened to her. At first, she only saw a faint line -- so she wasn't sure if she was actually preggo or if it was some kind of fluke. So she made Roger go out and buy two more tests -- both of which also resulted in barely visible "positive" lines.

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    What is it about a woman's pregnant body that makes some people want to run for the hills when you're around and others spew every nonsensical thing they can possibly utter about bumps and bellies while in your presence?

    Actress Olivia Wilde said it best on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this week. She joked that some people go as far as asking her if she wants to ride on a roller coaster or drink whiskey when the fact that she is pregnant is plain as day. I consider these folks the best of the bunch. They've chosen to lie remain silent about her expanding body rather than draw attention to it and risk humiliating themselves and hurting her feelings if, let's say, she's just bloated at the moment and not really pregnant. 

    But far too many people still consider it their duty to comment on your tummy when you're expecting. And there's just no need.

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    A 37-year-old woman from Brazil made headlines this week when doctors performed an emergency C-section on her only to realize she was not pregnant. The woman believed she was 41 weeks pregnant and was admitted to a hospital after complaining about abdominal pain. Not sure if her doctors gave her a sonogram or why they wouldn't after failing to detect a heartbeat, but they reportedly decided to perform a Cesarean because she looked pregnant and was experiencing some pregnancy symptoms, like nausea.

    This story sounds fishy, but the woman's actual condition isn't as odd as you may think. Docs say she had a "phantom" pregnancy, which is when women are so thoroughly convinced they are pregnant that they actually experience bodily changes that resemble those felt during pregnancy. 

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    As a pregnant woman, I know my husband deals with a lot of my irrational nonsense. The other day I cried for no reason -- right as he was telling me Costco's vodka brand is similar to Grey Goose. I mean, totally batty, I know. But it's not all our fault -- really! There are certain things that, if your partner is clueless enough to do any of them while you're pregnant, might just lead you to want to take an old-fashioned frying pan to his head. 

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    Ah, pregnancy. A time in a woman's life when she glows, looks sexier than ever, and is showered with constant attention, adoration, and free foot rubs.

    Right. That's how you could describe your first pregnancy and you wouldn't be too far off. But if this is your second pregnancy, you need to prepare yourself because things are going to be a wee bit different. 

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