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Mum-to-be Julia Roberts in hospital scare


26 October 2004
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Pregnant movie star Julia Roberts is being kept in hospital for observation after starting contractions two months early. The Oscar-winner, who is expecting twins in January, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital by her cameraman husband Danny Moder early on Saturday morning.

The 36-year-old was connected to a foetal monitor until the contractions stopped, and both she and the babies are now said to be fine. It is expected she will be confined to bed for the remainder of her pregnancy, however.

The scare comes just a few days after Julia inadvertently revealed the sexes of her children. Speaking in an interview to promote her forthcoming flick Closer, the actress let slip that she is carrying a boy and a girl.

Having recently completed filming on the crime caper Ocean's Twelve, Julia is also planning to take a long break from the movies. According to her personal trainer Kathy Kaehler, the performer may be off work for as long as five years. "She's waited so long to be a mother, and fought so hard to be one, that she wants to devote all her time to her babies," explained the fitness instructor. "She says she's taking at least five years off to raise her twins."

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Julia, who is believed to have been ordered by doctors to bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy, recently completed work on the thriller Ocean's Twelve. Here she is seen on the set of the movie in RomePhoto: © AFP