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    Sharon Savino coughed up blood near the end of her second trimester with her third child, and understandably freaked out. The 25-year-old had been coughing for weeks, felt constantly exhausted, and her heart would race. She thought it was from the pregnancy, but when she saw blood, she went to the emergency room.

    She was sent home with a diagnosis of bronchitis, although the doctors didn't know why she had coughed up blood. Eventually, the 27-weeks-pregnant Savino learned that she had an egg-sized tumor in her heart.

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    In typical Jersey Shore and reality show fashion, pregnant MTV star Jenni "JWoww" Farley has been extremely revealing about carrying her first baby. And if we thought she was having a magically blissed-out time as an expectant mom, especially now that she's pregnant alongside her BFF Snooki, it's time for a reality check!

    With three months to go 'til her due date, Jenni's taken to her blog to reveal a recent scare she had and how she really feels about being pregnant ...

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    After announcing their engagement this week, the second oldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jill, and her fiance Derick Dillard faced various pressing questions from the media. But chief among them? How many kids they want to have, of course!

    So, is there a chance the young couple is already aiming for the double digits like Jill's parents?

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    For most women, pregnancy is one of the most joyful times of their lives. But for Amy Hansen, that joy was mixed with fear and confusion. Hansen, at 29, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just weeks after learning she was expecting. After undergoing chemotherapy during her second trimester, she and her adorable baby son, Gavin, are, thankfully, fine. But Hansen and her family have her pregnancy to thank for finding the cancer as early as they did. Just five days after she learned she was pregnant, Amy went to the emergency room with abdominal pain. A cyst was discovered, which was drained and then removed weeks later; then a pathology report eventually showed ovarian cancer.

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    When most couples dream of having a baby, they imagine raising the child together. But imagine carrying a baby you know you may never raise yourself. One pregnant woman faced an unthinkable dilemma: Abort her unborn baby to save her life, or carry on with a pregnancy and face certain death. Elizabeth Joice chose to sacrifice her life to give her baby daughter a chance at life. She considered it a miracle at all that she'd gotten pregnant, and she was going to give this new life a fighting chance.

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    C-sections are a risky way to birth. This we know. There are facts. It is major surgery. But there are still many women who end up with a cesarean. Too many. The c-section rates have risen to an alarming rate (nearly 30 percent) -- far beyond what even the respected medical community feels appropriate.

    We all know the risks, but there is one risk that we don't talk about enough. It's the risk involving your placenta and its ability to kill you. Repeat c-sections increase that risk. 

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    It's the most horrifying thing that can happen to a pregnant woman: carrying your child to term only to deliver a stillborn. It's unimaginable. Though, as scary as it is to think about, it's a monstrous reality some women face. The day before her scheduled c-section, Deanna Slifka had no indication something was wrong. She felt her baby move. She thought everything was fine. But during delivery, the baby's heart inexplicably stopped and the doctors could not revive her. Needless to say, Slifka and her husband were wracked with grief. Though what they decided to do next may come as a shock to many.

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    According to a new study, as many as 25 percent of miscarriages may have been avoided, had moms-to-be gained a little more or a little less weight, exercised a little more or a little less, and/or hadn’t been over 30.

    Well OK then. Seriously, why do studies like this even exist? Scientists at the University of Copenhagen studied over 90,000 pregnancies over the course of several years and found that being pregnant while underweight or obese, drinking excessively, overworking your body, or just being old could significantly increase the risk of miscarriage.

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    Last week AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong angered many when he blamed distressed babies as the reason employees weren't going to get certain benefits. He called out two babies, without using names. Babies born to his employees apparently cost the company millions and so now everyone else has to financially suffer because of these two kids. Maybe he sees babies as second class citizens who do not deserve life-saving procedures. Perhaps all those erectile dysfunction prescriptions were totally fine with him as they chipped away at the bottom line. But babies? Nope. Scapegoat them. Make all the employees angry they aren't getting the 401(k) they expected eyeball the people who had a baby this past year and see who to direct their anger at.

    The mother of one of the babies Armstrong blames spoke out. At first I was concerned Deanna Fei outed herself, but I understand why. She countered Armstrong's coldness with warmth. She put a face, a life, to the million dollars.

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    There seems to be a lot more to the choice on whether to have an epidural or not. When an epidural is administered, there is an oxytocin deficiency. That feel good hormone that is essentially a natural pain reliever isn't released as it would be if an epidural wasn't given. It makes sense since the epi is a block.

    But some new science is suggesting that the block of oxytocin could affect the brains of newborns -- and could be a contributing factor to autism

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