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Expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria line up at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria line up at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria line up at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria line up at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Cupcakes for the expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Cupcakes for the expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Giftbags for the expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Giftbags for the expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
The What to Expect series of books, ready to be signed by author Heidi Murkoff at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
The What to Expect series of books, ready to be signed by author Heidi Murkoff at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Expectant mothers from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Col. Lance. Varney gets a suprise hug from Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series, at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Col. Lance. Varney gets a suprise hug from Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series, at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series, plays with a baby and talks with new moms at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series, plays with a baby and talks with new moms at the Special Delivery baby shower event, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — More than 120 expectant mothers and new moms celebrated a giant baby shower Wednesday with the author of the popular "What to Expect" series of pregnancy books.

The pregnant soldiers, spouses and new moms celebrated by playing games, having lunch, and receiving lots of prizes paid for by the USO, Target Corp. and What to Expect.

Heidi Murkoff, author of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and its sequels, signed books and answered questions for the crowd of military mothers. She said the main reason why she helped with this event was to introduce the new moms to each other.

“Being pregnant in the best of circumstances is hard work, but doing it overseas makes it even harder,” Murkoff said. “I think the most important thing for these amazing women is to find others who are going through the same situation.”

She said she believes military moms have one of the toughest jobs around.

“Can you imagine being pregnant overseas, being away from your family and giving birth at a hospital where you don’t speak the language?” Murkoff asked. “Every mom deserves to be celebrated, but nobody deserves it more than these women.”

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