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As prenatal testing for Down syndrome becomes more and more common, many women will face an array of information about their unborn children. B

The testing also confronts expectant moms with difficult choices, of course, and leads to a related question posed frequently these days as a result:

How do counselors help women make these decisions?

Devan Weathers, 20 weeks pregnant, tells the Huffington Post that she was pulling into her office parking lot from a lunch break when she got the phone call.

Her second pregnancy had resulted in two abnormal ultrasounds, and her doctor had said she would be a good candidate for a new test called "Harmony."

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A Duke University study suggests that autism might be linked with inducing and/or speeding up labor for pregnant women, especially if the baby is male.

The preliminary findings need investigating, since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women, researchers and other autism experts say.

It's possible, they say, that labor-inducing drugs may increase autism risk, or that the problems that lead doctors to start labor explain the results.

These include diabetes and fetal complications, which have also been linked to autism, though like most autism research, conclusive answers are elusive.

The authors reiterate that the results shouldn't lead doctors to avoid inducing labor or speeding it up since it can be life-saving for mothers and babies.

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In a story that will likely cause all women to second guess each stomach twinge, a British woman this week went to the hospital because she'd been feeling badly.

She thought it was just constipation. Instead, she was roughly eight months pregnant. 

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Amanda Ross had been out shopping with her partner, Paul Dean, when she started experiencing stomach cramps. She'd previously been feeling bloated but wrote it off as being constipated.

As she felt worse, Ross headed to see her doctor. They sent her over to a midwife who determined that she was indeed pregnant. 

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Someone get this woman a bag of ice. STAT!

The New York Daily News confirms that a girl named Jasleen was born at University Hospital in Leipzig on July 26, weighing in at 13.47 pounds and measuring 22.6 inches in length. She is the heaviest child ever born vaginally in Germany.

Damn! And… OUCH!

Doctors say the baby's weight is due to an undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes, but both daughter and mother are doing fine. Jasleen remains in the neonatal care unit, according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

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Is the media coverage of Kate Middleton's post-pregnancy body, which became THE topic right after she gave birth to the Royal Baby, disrespectful to women?

Kate Middleton Post-Baby Body

Since the moment she and Prince William presented Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge to the world, her figure became a talking point.

Reactions to her appearance ranged from positive to negative to just plain curious.

“Why Does Kate Middleton Still Have Her Baby Bump?” screamed one headline.

“Kate Middleton's royal baby post-bump is a boost of confidence for mums everywhere,” another said. "How can she look so pretty just after giving birth?"

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The royal baby is here! The royal baby is here!

After many weeks of keeping the masses waiting on pins and needles and keeping us guessing as to her due date, Kate Middleton has given birth.

She and Prince William have welcomed a baby boy!

Pregnant Kate and Prince William

A royal aide just announced the joyful news moments ago with a proclamation signed by the doctors who delivered the little HRH Prince of Cambridge.

Well, not SO little. His weight (8 pounds, 6 ounces) and the time of its birth (4:24 p.m.) were confirmed, along with the gender, via press release.

An official gun salute in London's Hyde Park is expected shortly, and the bells of St. Paul’s Cathedral are already ringing in honor of the future King.

Ever since Kate went into labor early Monday morning, Royal Baby Watch 2013 reached a fever pitch outside London's St. Mary's Hospital and worldwide.

Now that it's over, it's finally cause for celebration.

Kate Middleton and Prince William did not find out the gender beforehand, setting off a national guessing game (and online betting frenzy) for months.

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Kris Jenner may have lied about debuting North West on her talk show this week.

But a new report says Kim Kardashian is prepared to give her mother a ratings-based treat: she plans to show off her new and improved post-baby body on an upcoming episode of Kris.

Kim Kardashian Twerk

"She wants to show up like Heidi Klum and have everyone marvel at how fast she lost the weight," a source tells Us, adding that Kim has already shed 20 of the 50 pounds she gained during pregnancy.

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Pippa Middleton is pissed about a Twitter account called "Pippa's Tips," which spoofs advice she gives in her party planning book and applies them to pregnancy and parenting.

With sister Kate Middleton on the verge of giving birth any day now (her rumored due date is July 23), Pips has launched a legal fight over the parody.

Pips Middleton

According to the U.K.'s Independent, the Twitter page calls itself "an obvious parody" and was started by writers Mat Morrisroe and Suzanne Azzopardi.

It pokes fun at Pippa Middleton by parodying advice she offers in her party-planning tome, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends.

But with 50,000 followers, @Pippatips has become extremely popular.

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Kate Middleton is nervous to give birth. But she's feeling great at least!

The Duchess, whose official due date is July 11, is "full of energy and really rather used to the bump," according to sources close to the royal family.

That said, the mother of England's future King or Queen is anxious.

Pretty and Very Pregnant

"Naturally she is a little nervous about the big day, what new mum wouldn't be?" points out the source ... although Kate is more closely watched than most.

Indeed, last week, media have already set up camp outside St. Mary's Hospital in London, where Kate Middleton plans to give birth inside the Lindo Wing.

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Kate Middleton is due to give birth on July 11, but will she go into labor early?

Obviously, we have no way of knowing that, but there's a plan in place if so.

Kate and William Picture

If the baby shows signs of coming earlier than expected, she will be flown by helicopter from Anglesey, Wales, to London's St. Mary's Hospital.

Once checked in, she hopes to give birth naturally. However, should she run into delivery complications, an insider says "she will have a C-section."

The baby will be announced via a bulletin behind the gates of Buckingham Palace reading "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a child."

According to a palace aide, "There will be gun salutes, flag flying and bells. It's very exciting."

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