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    Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis and his 26-year-old girlfriend, Abbey Wilson, are expecting their first children. I say children because, yes, Abbey is pregnant with twins. According to reports, Francis and Wilson opted to get pregnant via IVF because they wanted to be able to choose the sex of their baby: They're having girls. Francis said, "We chose to have girls. I believe people will finally understand my love, respect, and admiration for women. I love girls." Oh. Okay.

    Thus far, there had been no indication that Wilson wasn't able to have children naturally; the couple simply wanted healthy babies that were female. "We both wanted girls and we wanted them to be healthy and free of genetic diseases so we chose to do IVF," Wilson told Us Weekly.

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    Pregnancy is such a beautiful moment in time that we can't help but document it with photos. Lots and lots of photos. Many of us took the classic "holding/looking down at my baby bump" pics; some of us may have even gotten professional photos done. Aw. But no photos -- and I mean no photos -- can rival the incredibly weird pregnancy stock photos that are found on the Internet.

    Ladies, you would never in a million years take these pics of yourself whilst pregnant, nor would you ever find yourself in these situations that are just plain odd.

    Here are 10 of the strangest, most unrealistic pregnancy photos. Enjoy!

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    It's official: I can totally not afford to have children. There's absolutely no way I can shoulder all of the expenses when, according to recent research, I should have been saving for my future child's day care since I was 8 years old.

    That's right. A report shows that day care for a baby is more expensive than in-state tuition and fees in 31 states! Say what?! For example, according to Child Care Aware America, the cost of day care in New York is over $15,000 while in-state college tuition is a nice $6,500. That's over an $8,000 difference.

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    We worry about so many things when pregnant, and one of the major concerns is money. Who is making it? Is there enough? Are you going to work or stay home with baby? Sometimes there is no option, but when there is, there are some fascinating findings about the health of mom and baby when mom is a stay-at-home mom.

    When studying the effect of economic hardships on Spain and America, researchers found that high unemployment rates have some incredible benefits for families. These findings could translate into ways that being a stay-at-home mom is the better option.

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    So, you think you're ready to be a mom, huh? What kind of questions did you ask yourself: am I financially viable, is my partner on board, do we have room for this baby? All good markers of motherhood preparedness, I suppose, but let's get real for a second.

    It isn't until I had a baby that I realized all of the above was only the beginning. Was I ready for the kind of sleep deprivation torture the folks at Gitmo only wish they'd dreamed up? Ready to catch vomit in my hands?

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    After her latest Instagram, we are not sure that Jenelle Evans is quite ready for her second baby.

    The Teen Mom 2 star posted a pick of one eye, along with the caption: "Hoping our child has my eye color. #Hazel I think? Lol never really knew."

    While I think she does have beautiful eyes, Jenelle clearly has her priorities completely out of whack. But The Stir has the perfect advice for getting her -- and moms like her -- on the right track.

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    When I was pregnant with my first baby, I went through a period where I felt lonely and slightly depressed. My husband, who is usually wonderful and beyond supportive, became so obsessed with providing for us financially that he slacked for a while in the emotions department. I was frightened to death about becoming a mom and beyond terrified that something bad was going to happen to my baby -- that she wouldn't be healthy. Many of my friends still hadn't become moms yet, so my emotions were lost on them. 

    But one person totally "got me." He was always there for me and would listen to every one of my mom concerns AND have an answer -- an actual answer that wasn't "stop worrying." Yep, I kind of, sort of developed a crush on my gynecologist.

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    I've really enjoyed being pregnant. Up until month 7. That was when some really freaky and sometimes downright hellish things have begun happening to my body that are making me wish I could give birth tomorrow. When I became pregnant, I was well aware of what would take place during the first trimester -- morning sickness, fatigue, yada yada. And I knew the second trimester was going to be that glorious time when I resembled a goddess and could still run a marathon without breaking a sweat. But no one really told me about the third trimester. Back aches don't even begin to cover it. Here are 9 things that can happen any time between your seventh and ninth month -- don't say I didn't warn you. 

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    I would definitely label Kourtney Kardashian a "girly girl." From her perfect makeup and hair to her incredibly trendy outfits and the amazingly adorable get-ups we always see her kids Mason and Penelope rocking, it's evident she is hands-on when it comes to hers and her family's style. So it should come as no shock that her home is as fashion-forward as Ms. K -- who recently renovated her digs so that quite a few of the rooms feature a wacky, but somehow elegant Alice in Wonderland theme. And while she chose to go all Mad Hatter in her living area -- think black and white striped walls and ceilings -- she kept things relatively peaceful and sweet in her "favorite room" in the house -- her daughter's super-pretty nursery. But one feature might make you just a wee bit nervous. 

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    I recently toured the hospital where I'll be giving birth to my second child this spring. If yours offers a sneak peek at its maternity digs, I highly recommend jumping at the opportunity. At first, it's a frightening experience because it really drives home the idea that, yes, you are going to have to labor and push out this baby at some point in the near future and, oh yeah, these are the stirrups you'll be using to help you. But the tour also allows you to learn more about your hospital's procedures and rules and get a picture of how your birthing and recovery room will look. And it's the perfect opportunity to ask tons of questions. You may want to make sure these 8 are somewhere on your list. 

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