Nick Cannon: Mariah’s Hospital Trip Wasn’t a “Scare”

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It sounded like a close call when pregnant Mariah Carey — complaining of early contractions — was rushed to the hospital over the weekend.

But her husband Nick Cannon explained that the situation wasn't quite as dire as some reports suggested. "They're calling it a 'scare', but really, it was just nerve-wracking. We were in the hospital from 4 a.m. until I don't even know," Cannon, 30, told the Los Angeles Times.

Due May 14, Carey, 42, is expecting a twin boy and girl. "The thing with twins is that you want them in their natural incubator as long as possible," the dad-to-be explained. "They might be ready to come out, but we need them to stay in for a while."

But is Mama Mariah ready? "She's super ready," Cannon quipped with a laugh.

Carey dealt with the pangs of late pregnancy on Monday, her birthday, by painting her stomach with a butterfly and Tweeting the pic to fans.

"That's her finding the fun and festiveness through the pain," Cannon explained.

The parents-to-be are also grateful for all the loot they've received from well wishers.

"We got so much stuff. … There's all these giant stuffed animals," he said of the baby gifts. "It looks like Noah's Arc in here. There's giraffes, polar bears, lions."

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