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    It seems like every month, a new study points to a possible cause of autism. This week, research published in the online issue of Pediatrics out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health notes that boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to SSRI antidepressants (like Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, etc.) in the womb than typically developing children. The study also found that boys whose mothers took SSRIs during pregnancy were also more likely to have developmental delays.

    To hear these conclusions is initally unnerving to say the least, considering how moms who face depression during pregnancy were already feeling stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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    Savannah Guthrie is opening up about her pregnancy for the first time since announcing that she and her husband Michael Feldman are expecting a little one. The Today show host started a baby blog and, right off the bat, touched on one of the most emotional aspects of becoming a mom: The fact that at 42 years old, she "honestly didn’t know if she’d ever get the chance to be one." She goes on to write that she's "never been more thankful," in great part it seems because for a long time, she thinks she was afraid to even let herself think about how much she hoped to one day have a baby.

    Any mom who has waited into her early 40s or even mid-30s to start trying can relate to Savannah. There are a slew of worries, concerns, and fears that women who start trying to conceive on the "later" side have. The good news is that they're not alone. Here, 10 "older" moms confess what they grappled with through trying to conceive, pregnancy, and motherhood ... 

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    Once upon a time, people described pregnant women as being in a "delicate condition." Picture a dainty lady with a baby bump, feet propped up on fluffy pillows, just breathing and gestating. Actually, I almost can't picture that at all. In fact, maybe we should call pregnancy being in a "bad-ass condition," because if anything, I'm seeing women do all kinds of amazing physical feats while pregnant. (Also because pregnancy can really make your tailbone ache -- but I digress ...) Here are 15 pregnant women who aren't letting a bun in the oven stop them from doing what keeps them feeling alive and well.

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    As someone who has struggled with body image issues for basically as long as I can remember -- pregnancy was a rough time. It’s tough to live in a culture where women are valued and judged based on how trim their figures are and then, all of a sudden, spend nine months with an ever-expanding midsection, swollen everything, and stretchmarks as evidence of rapid weight gain.

    It’s even tougher for women who have struggled with full-on eating disorders before becoming pregnant. Those warped body images run deep in the psyche, and if you’re prone to feeling guilty at the mere thought of eating a second (tiny) helping, it’s something that you really need to watch if you’re incubating a baby.

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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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    Yikes. Out of all of the possible things that can go down during the birth of our babies ... pooping on the table has to be one of every pregnant woman's biggest fears.

    I mean ... it's poop -- which has enough of an ick factor all on its own. But then you throw in a few random individuals you may or may not know very well witnessing you crapping yourself -- and any sort of dignity you have left goes straight out the window.

    And while there's no guarantee as to whether or not you will have a bowel movement during delivery, there are a few things you can try to lessen the chances of it happening.

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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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    There is rarely a day that goes by when we aren't bombarded with images of celebrities, models, or even fitness bloggers who gave birth three seconds ago and have already dropped all the weight and wiped out all evidence of stretch marks. Look, some women have secret tummy tucks and others are purely and truly genetically predispositioned to lose the weight quickly -- I don't feel there's anything wrong with their enviable selfies.

    But lest we forget that a great many women -- most, I'm going to say -- aren't going to have washboard abs one month postpartum, this amazing and brave blogger and mom of three is here to remind us that we shouldn't be ashamed of our real postpartum bodies. And she's willing to prove it by sharing photos of her own body 11 months after giving birth to twins. 

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    I absolutely love everything about the idea of giving birth to my third baby at home. Everything from having my two older children close to me to having a midwife who responds to me as a human being and respects the body and it's natural process is wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone.

    But it is a little weird. This is a fact my husband and I have been especially aware of over the past several weeks during which we have been procuring our very strange list of home birth supplies as provided by my midwife.

    The list might seem normal to anyone who has had a home birth, but my first two were hospital births and let me tell you, I needed NONE of these things. Here is a list of 7 of the weirdest parts of my home-birth list:

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    When is an itch not just an itch? When you're pregnant. An expecting mom with a severe itch found out the hard way that the unusual symptom can actually mean your unborn baby is at risk. When Magdalen Reece developed a severe itch around her abdomen at 35 weeks, she mentioned it to her midwife. She was told that itching was a normal part of skin stretching over a growing belly, and it is. But in Reece's case, it was a sign of something much more dangerous. Three weeks later, when her water broke, her baby was already dead.

    Those of us who've been pregnant are all too familiar with that mild abdominal itch. All you do is moisturize a little more and that usually takes care of it. But it turns out the more severe itch Reece had was a sign of a pregnancy-related disease called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). What is this disease, and what can you do about it?

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