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Vanessa Carlton is canceling some upcoming tour dates due to her lost pregnancy, the 33-year-old singer surprisingly revealed today on Facebok.

Carlton was "diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy, or in my case a fallopian pregnancy (the embryo settled in my tube, which is the width of a straw)."

"This is not considered a viable pregnancy," she adds, the reason being:

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"Because the fetus cannot develop and it is a high risk situation for the mother because of the potential for tubal rupture and internal bleeding."

Doctors caught it early and took the necessary precautions to make sure everything went smoothly, but a week ago Monday, things went downhill.

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Rachel Poole, 31, was stabbed by an intruder in her Texas home last week while chatting on video with her military husband, who is deployed overseas.

Poole was nine months pregnant at the time she was stabbed from behind multiple times by Corey Bernard Moss, who attacked with a stainless steel knife.

During the attack, her husband, Justin Pele Poole, an American soldier stationed thousands of miles away in Asia, saw the attack unfold on FaceTime.

Poole was still in critical condition when her baby, Isabella, was born. Doctors performed a successful cesarean section, her stepfather, Gary Jones, said.

The newborn, thankfully, is listed in good condition.

Police Det. Mike Baranyay told the media that the woman recognized her attacker, who was hiding in the home, and screamed his name to her husband.

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Everyone thinks their baby is extra special, but Sara Brandon's baby boy wins ... at least technically. He's the biggest child born in the U.S. all year!

The boy weighed in at a whopping 14 pounds - double the weight of your average newborn - and arrived a week and a half before his due date, no less.

So was Joel Brandon Jr. born via C-section or naturally?

The former. Sara had a scheduled C-section at 38 1/2 weeks, at which point she knew her son was big. An ultrasound estimated he would be around 11 pounds.

Give or take three?

The 2013 record-setting baby boy landed in the NICU because of respiratory problems, but a week later, he was released and is in perfect health.

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Strangers wanting to touch your belly is something almost every pregnant woman goes through. It's often awkward and always a bit of a social faux pas.

Now in the state of Pennsylvania, it's also against the law.

A man is facing harassment charges for doing just that, and Keystone State lawmakers felt so strongly about it that they passed legislation to prevent it.

Yes, it is now illegal for a stranger to touch a pregnant woman's stomach without consent. Crazy as that sounds, it will likely dissuade a few people.

That alone makes it a win, albeit a bit of an overreach.

Don't ask us why a person would go groping the stomach of someone they don't know. It's like George from Seinfeld and his "fabric feel" move. Only worse.

Apparently this is a bad enough trend that one state had to formally stop it, in any case. So quit rubbing cute baby bumps of people you don't know ... cute as they may be.

You tell us: Anti-pregnant belly touching law ...

 

For a look at some we'd consider touching - with the stars' permission, of course - heck out some of our favorite celebrity baby bumps after the jump ...

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A cute baby, brand new and squishy, ready for cuddles and having its head sniffed rests in a bassinet making tiny baby grunts and coos. The bag containing the newborn's placenta is nearby!

Wait, what?

Yes, this is a real thing which people do. Lotus birthing, as it's called, is the practice of leaving a baby's umbilical cord and placenta attached until it falls off on its own, sometimes taking up to 10 days after birth.

Lotus birthing is a trend which is gaining ground among those seeking all-natural birth experiences. The practice, also called umbilical cord non-severance, was popular with early western European settlers in America.

The 1980s saw a resurgence of this trend, particularly among mothers who delivered their babies at home, and gave the trend the name "Lotus birth" to honor the link between the "preciousness of the placenta and the high esteem in which the Lotus is held in Hindu and Buddhist faiths."

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Florida teen Malik Whiter is being criticized for posting a selfie with his pregnant teacher in the background. She was going into labor at the time:

Best/Worst Selfie Ever?

Malik, clearly, is sporting a big smile as his business lecturer is suffering through what look to be serious labor pains. He Tweeted along with the caption:

"Selfie with my teacher while she having contractions."

Of the seven-months pregnant Susana Halleck, he added, "I told her to smile and she said no." He took the photo anyway to "commemorate the moment."

The timing of the "moment" makes some Rihanna selfies look appropriate ... maybe he was just really excited to meet her baby? Or for class to be over?

The teacher was rushed to the hospital, but it turned out to be a false alarm and both she and the baby are fine. As for the reactions to Malik's move?

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President Barack Obama stopped to help a pregnant woman on the verge of fainting during a speech he gave on health care in Washington, D.C., today.

Nearly 30 minutes into his speech, under the hot sun, a pregnant female supporter standing behind the Commander-in-Chief began to feel lightheaded.

Fortunately for the mom-to-be, Obama became aware of what was going on over his shoulder and turned around to lend Karmel Allison some support.

NOTE: This type of assistance is not covered under the Affordable Care Act.

"I gotcha, you're OK," Obama said as he put his arm out to steady her, and went on to joke, "No, no. You're OK. This happens when I talk too long."

Quickly afterward, a White House aide came to escort Allison off the stage as the President continued his speech, which came to end shortly thereafter.

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Kate Middleton played some volleyball this morning in her third formal public appearance since giving birth at an East London event for the charity SportsAid.

The athletic Duchess is a patron for the organization, and she showed her affinity for sports again today in a Breton-style top, skinny jeans and five inch wedges.

At one point, Kate Middleton jumped and spiked, baring her midriff as she leapt for the ball, no doubt causing London’s tabloid editors to have heart palpitations.

Bump, set, spoke ... in sales!

Middleton's inadvertent stomach reveal showed it to be stunningly flat, with nary a sign that she was very pregnant less than three months ago.

Some women just make it look so easy.

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An indigenous woman gave birth on a Mexican hospital lawn earlier this month after being denied help inside the clinic in a story making global headlines.

Her newborn still bound by the umbilical cord and lying on the ground, the shocking image has horrified millions because of where and how it took place.

The woman had been refused help inside the medical clinic right before this occurred, which struck a nerve in a country where inequity is still pervasive.

The mother, Irma Lopez, 29, said she was turned away by a nurse who said that she was only eight months pregnant and "still not ready" to deliver.

The nurse told her to go outside and walk, and said a doctor could check her in the morning, Lopez said. But an hour and a half later, her water broke.

Lopez gave birth to a son while grabbing the wall of a house next to the clinic.

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For many military families, the birth of a child is something the woman must go through on her own while the man is deployed, serving the U.S. around the world.

Not in this case. Justin Bradley made it home with minutes to spare.

The airman in the U.S. Air Force didn't want his partner to be alone even if her birth plan didn't include him in it. So he made his way back to surprise her.

As she went into labor, his wife had no idea he was en route.

Twenty-three hours of labor later, Justin walked in just before their first child was born. Her reaction is one of shock, gratitude and overwhelming joy:

Now that's one moment the two of them will never, ever forget, and thanks to the video footage, their little one will get to experience it as well one day.

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