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PIC: Pregnant Reese Witherspoon Steps Out as Robert Pattinson Stays in Hiding

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Reese Witherspoon at lunch with a friend, at Hugo's in West Hollywood, on Friday, August 3, 2012.

This summer's hostess with the mostest — Robert Pattinson's surprise heroine — re-emerged in L.A. on Friday.

A very pregnant Reese Witherspoon was photographed in West Hollywood for one of the first times in several weeks. Grabbing lunch at Hugo's with a fellow blonde, female friend and her adorable daughter, the This Means War actress, 36, accentuated her bigger-than-ever baby bump in a short, belted empire-waist blue dress; expecting her third child (her first with second husband Jim Toth), the mom-to-be wore sexy, strappy heals and sunglasses, and wore her hair up in a loose bun.

Related: PHOTOS: Reese's bump style

"Reese fussed over the baby and looked really cute," an observer at Hugo's tells Us Weekly.

The Oscar-winning actress and CAA agent Toth — plus Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8, her kids with ex Ryan Phillippe — live primarily at an estate in L.A.'s Brentwood neighborhood. But it's Witherspoon's home-away-from-home, her rustic, $7 million ranch in Ojai, Calif., that popped up in the news this week.

Related: PHOTOS: Kristen cheats on Rob -- all the shocking photos!

Witherspoon lent the tranquil, away-from-it-all 7-acre spread to friend and Water for Elephants costar Pattinson, 26, who desperately needed refuge after learning that love Kristen Stewart had cheated on him with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.

The actress has called Pattinson a "very sensitive soul," and, according to a source, hopes her Ojai spread will have a "calming effect" on Pattinson as he struggles to make sense of Stewart's betrayal.

Related: PHOTOS: Rob and Kristen in happier times

"He's a total mess," an insider told Us. "He's questioning everything."

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