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    Pregnant Jessica Simpson Narrowly Escapes Falling Tree Branch

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    Sure, baby bump just about makes three, but wind-fallen tree branch right in mama-to-be's path makes for quite the unwelcome fourth.

    Jessica Simpson narrowly avoided injury—but not, judging by her face in these paparazzi shots—a big old fright, when she and fiancé Eric Johnson were nearly struck by a falling palm tree branch while strolling through Venice on Saturday.

    Maybe they had the luck o' the Irish on their side?

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    The close encounter of the foliage kind took place on St. Patrick's Day, when a branch from a palm tree fell on to the street just a step or two in front of the pregnant Fashion Star judge (who, incidentally, was more than proving her credentials by toting a green Hermes Birkin for her holiday jaunt).

    Luckily, Jessica's reflexes were still in top form, as she managed to rear out of the way of the errant branch and avoid injury altogether, judging by the photos taken by X17. Phew, close one!

    She was more than recovered from her scare the following day, however, when she was joined by her sister Ashlee Simpson and pal Jessica Alba for a baby shower in Los Angeles.

    Can't wait to meet Maxi the little one!

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