Pregnant Poppy Harlow Passes Out on Live TV

It was a scary few minutes for CNN's Poppy Harlow, and viewers, when the expectant mama fainted on live television.
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Pregnant CNN anchor Poppy Harlow was just doing her job yesterday when the worst happened. She overheated, and passed out. Unfortunately her job is reporting the news, live, and millions of viewers either saw, or have now seen the video of the moment she began slurring her words before fainting.

Harlow was on camera Monday morning, and looked fine as she reported on a political story. Then a slide about a new poll popped up, and that's when we heard her words start running together, and she stopped making sense. All we could hear then was heavy breathing, and viewers knew something was very wrong.

Amazingly, the mom-to-be appeared on camera just five minutes later to assure viewers she was perfectly fine. "I got a little hot and I passed out for a moment. I am fine. We're going to take a quick break. We'll be right back," she said, looking as though nothing had happened.

Still, just to be on the safe side, Harlow went to the hospital, where she updated concerned fans, saying on Twitter, "Thank you all for your concern and messages! I am ok! Passed out briefly and am with the doctor now. So thankful to our amazing CNN team."

The 33-year-old later tweeted: "Update from the hospital -- our little girl due this spring is doing just fine. Was a scare but we are both ok. Thank you all so much!"

The trooper was back on CNN today.

I can relate to enduring a health scare during pregnancy. When I was about 28 weeks along with my first child, a car rear-ended me on my way home from a client meeting. I felt fine following the accident, but just to be safe, I went to the hospital, where doctors monitored my baby for a few hours. Thankfully she was unharmed, but it was very frightening, because for a few moments, I definitely feared the worst.

Here's hoping Harlow finishes out the rest of her pregnancy without incident! Feel better, Poppy!

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.

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