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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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    When Nadia Watson woke up in the middle of the night last year with bad stomach cramps, she didn't think much of them. It was just that time of the month again, she thought. She was able to make her way to the bathroom just before she doubled over in pain. Suddenly, she was overcome by the desire to push -- so she pushed and pushed. And to her shock, she gave birth to a 7-pound, 11-ounce girl right there on the bathroom floor. While her boyfriend slept through her shrieking and screaming.

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    I thought Kim Kardashian's ultra-trout-pout was the strangest pregnancy symptom I'd ever read about, but Kristen Bell may have her beat with her so-called "Mommy voice." Apparently her voice dropped a few tones right before she had her daughter Lincoln Bell, which became obvious because Bell was voicing a character in the upcoming animated film Frozen. Bell says,

    The pregnancy did change my voice. It made it deeper. There were more womanly tones when I did one recording while I was extremely pregnant. After I had the baby, I had to go back and re-record those lines so they matched. There was something more ‘Mommy’ about my voice and we had to fix it. It was one of those hormonal things that happen, I guess.

    Fuller lips? A huskier, more womanly voice? (Why did I get stuck with the unattractive pregnancy symptoms, like nausea, gas, skin tags, and cankles?) It makes me wonder, are there other totally oddball pregnancy signs I've never even heard of before?

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    I'm not a big fan of pregnancy myths, especially when they're based the baby's gender. All the wives' tales about girls turned out to be complete lies when I was expecting my daughter -- and most of them were downright sexist and offensive. Now that I'm pregnant with my second baby, I've thought about all the things that are supposed to happen when you're having a boy like I am this time. And you know what I've found? A lot of them are actually dead-on.

    I said a lot -- not all. I've had much worse morning sickness this time than last, when the reverse is supposed to be true. My hair is nice and full, but it was when I was expecting my girl too. I've had more acne this time and I'm much more tired. That last one I can chalk up to the plight of the second pregnancy, though. Running around after a toddler doesn't give you much of a chance to rest.

    But as for these 5 common myths about having a boy? Well, they've all come true for me.

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    For my first two pregnancies, I was WAY too over-the-top excited to try to come up with a "cute" way to tell people. I told my husband through screams from the bathroom the first time and the second time over the phone at his office -- "Honey are you ready for number two?" I asked over the gurgles of our then 9-month-old. I called my parents before the pee stick was dry.

    Still, I have always wanted to be one of those people who told everyone I was preggo in a unique and creative way. I asked around and found that I know a lot of really creative people who announced in a lot of really unique ways.

    Here are 8 of the best pregnancy announcements. Hopefully it will spur some equally creative ways for you to let people know you are knocked up! See below:

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    From the time my son was about 2 weeks old, I've pretty much told anyone and everyone who would listen that I'm on the "one and done" plan -- because I know what I can handle, and I can't handle more than one kid.

    Of course, in the same breath, I also tell people that if I ever were to become pregnant, I'd be happy about it -- because babies are blessings and whatever is meant to be will be. And I guess somewhere in the way, way back of my mind, I wondered if maybe there was a small part of me that subconsciously wanted another child, which is why I wasn't ruling out baby number two if he were to be conceived "by accident."

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    If you believe the latest tabloid Kim Kardashian pregnancy rumor, she hasn't exactly been slowing down on the extreme beauty treatments while she's expecting. In addition to her inexplicable decision to continually stuff her poor swollen feet into a seemingly never-ending selection of ill-fitting heels, word on the street is that Kim's been undergoing a series of cosmetic medical procedures lately, including lip fillers and Botox.

    One of those oh-so-reliable "sources" is quoted as saying that Kim will "go to any length to protect the one thing that’s most precious to her: her beauty. But when you take a look at the photographic evidence, I'm thinking the truth isn't quite as dramatic as what's being reported.

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    If the Beyonce pregnancy rumors have been at a dull roar since the Met Ball, consider them on FULL blast today. The diva has canceled tonight's show in Belgium and is "awaiting word from her doctors before making a decision" on tomorrow's show, which is also scheduled at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. Her publicist cites "dehydration and exhaustion" as the cause. Uh huh! More like "pregnant with baby number two," amirite?! Okay, maybe, maybe not.

    Although there are many signs that could possibly point to her expecting a sibling for Blue Ivy -- and this certainly seems like a tell-tale one -- all we know for sure is that she needed a break.

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    Everyone was pretty shocked after hearing that Halle Berry is pregnant with her second child at the age of 46 -- but it sounds like no one was quite as surprised as her.

    She was so stunned, in fact, that Halle thought she had kidney stones when she went to the doctor to see what was going on. And even though I've never had a kidney stone, I can totally relate to what Halle went through. Like her, I was pretty dumbfounded when I found out that the abdominal pain I was experiencing was due to the fact that I was pregnant.

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    One of my all-time fave scenes in the movie Grease has to be when Rizzo, played by Stockard Channing, thinks she might be pregnant with Kenickie's kid and her admission starts a whole game of telephone at the drive-in. It was like a crash course in how many different, potentially offensive slang terms there are for being pregnant.

    To this day, while they may not be the most respectful ways to say you're expecting, we have some hilarious, ridiculous, and extreme ways people could refer to a little one on the way. Here, 10 of the best, illustrated for your entertainment and horror ...

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