Britney Spears has confirmed she's pregnant - just days after she was rushed to hospital over fears for her unborn baby. The pop babe, who has made no secret of her desire to start a family with second husband Kevin Federline, released a statement on website last night (12.04.05) announcing the happy news. She wrote: "The time has finally come to share our wonderful news that we are expecting our first child together. "There were reports that I was in the hospital this weekend. Kevin and I just want everyone to know that all is well. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Love Britney and Kevin." The sexy singer was at the centre of a health riddle when she was taken to a private clinic suffering from abdominal cramps and bleeding. She spent half the night being treated by specialists before being given the all-clear.

A source said: "Britney developed severe abdominal cramps and was rushed to a clinic. She was also bleeding and feared that there could be something wrong with her unborn baby. But she has been told that everything is OK."

Britney married Kevin - who already has two children from a previous relationship - last September after a whirlwind romance and soon announced she was trying for a baby.

The 23-year-old star said at the time: "I want to be a young mum. And that is my dream. I'm happy. It is what I want."

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