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    Pregnancy can make you feel fragile. A lot of women worry that any little thing you do wrong could cause a miscarriage. And if you do happen to suffer a miscarriage, it's hard not to wonder what you could have done differently. If you're pregnant, you should definitely avoid the obvious: Substance abuse, activities that put you at a high risk for physical trauma, and failing to treat illnesses. But the truth is, miscarriage most often happens because of something that's completely out of your control. Here are the most frequent causes for a miscarriage.

    For clarity, a miscarriage happens in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, most often between weeks 7 and 12.

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    There's a certain little pregnancy treatment Kristin Cavallari needs from her husband, Jay Cutler. No, it's not sciatica massages. It's not anti-nausea acupuncture. And it's not chocolate milkshakes delivered bedside at 3 a.m. I'll tell you what it is: It is sex. "Sex is funny when you're pregnant," Cavallari says in Fit Pregnancy. "Guys get weird about it." Uh-oh, Jay. You're "funny" about pregnancy sex? We sure hope not!

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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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    Is the fetus growing in your uterus judging you? Don't bother thinking about the answer. I'll just tell you: The answer is yes, and I have proof. Your fetus has been tweeting about every single thing you do wrong. Or someone's fetus is -- the newest fake Twitter handle is @JudgyFetus, and it's exactly what it sounds like. Someone is pretending to be a fetus, judging its pregnant mother for everything she does. Whoa mamas, is your inner critic this harsh? I'll say this much: The development of Judgy Fetus' sense of humor is astoundingly advanced.

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    Anyone who is pregnant and has been subjected to a barrage of tests may have a difficult time understanding the paradox of the following two words: "entertainment ultrasound." Lord knows most procedures and moments associated with pregnancy and childbirth -- aside from that glorious second you finally meet your baby -- aren't a walk in the park. Yet that term could apply to any number of unnecessary ultrasounds that pregnant moms can choose to get, including 3-D fetal videos and sonograms performed at "non-medical clinics" that can tell you your baby's gender quicker than ever before. It's no wonder some doctors are railing against these procedures -- but women should be up in arms about them, as well. 

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    The blood was pooling. I tried reassuring my wife while rushing her to the hospital, but she knew what was happening. The admitting nurse validated our fears by asking, "How far along were you?"

    The word miracle is overused. However, few others describe our daughter, Skylar Nicole. You can see the photo on the left. So you know we could not have asked for a better ending to this story. However, a better beginning and middle would have been effing nice.

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    You guys, I don't understand how any of this is even possible. Halle Berry debuted her post-baby body last night, and she sure looked svelte just four months after Maceo's arrival. Berry showed up at the Acapulco Film Festival in a slinky, sleeveless black mini-dress. And she doesn't just look "great for a 47-year-old who just gave birth." She looks great for anyone at any age. Okay, Halle. We give up. You win!

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    Is it safe to get vaccinated for the flu while you're pregnant? I'm starting to wonder the opposite -- is it safe not to get vaccinated while pregnant? A pregnant woman caught the flu and miscarried, and now she's fighting for her life. Leslie Creekmore was almost 20 weeks along when she and her husband, Chris, came down with the flu. She was hospitalized right away, but her condition worsened and she lost the baby within days. Her right lung collapsed this past weekend. Leslie chose to postpone getting a flu shot for the same reason countless other women have: She read that the shot could be harmful during the first trimester of pregnancy.

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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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