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Baby Emergency? Reese Witherspoon Reportedly Rushed to the Hospital

Is Reese Witherspoon okay?

Here’s one breaking rumor we fervently hope isn’t true.

A source tells RadarOnline that Reese Witherspoon was rushed to the hospital twice in the last 24 hours – and that her baby may be born prematurely.

“Reese was actually taken to the hospital Tuesday night with complications,” the unnamed insider says. “She was released that night and then rushed back to the hospital today. At this point it looks like she might have the baby.”

Reese, 36, is expecting her first child with new husband Jim Toth. She has two children, Ava and Deacon, from her first marriage to Ryan Philippe.

So if she is in premature labor, what could this mean?The baby is reportedly due at the beginning of September, which is good news – it means that Reese would be in her 38th or 39th week of gestation. If Reese were to deliver now, the baby would be at or close to normal birth weight, and the risk of breathing or digestive problems would be lower than if she were earlier along in the pregnancy.

If labor begins prematurely, doctors typically give medications such as magnesium sulfate to stop contractions. If the birth is imminent, they may also administer corticosteroids to aid the baby’s breathing. An emergency C-section might be necessary if she shows signs of bleeding, reduced amniotic fluid or fetal distress.

“Reese and Jim are a little worried about having the baby so early,” says the source. “But it’s close enough to her due date that they’re confident the baby will be just fine.”

We wish Reese and her baby all the best of luck and health – and we’re still hoping that this report proves false.

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]

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