Nancy Grace: Back on the air and tough as nails

The Georgia pit bull, attorney Nancy Grace may be a mom now, but that won’t stop her from being a tough, outspoken legal pundit on the air.</P> <P>Grace returns to the airwaves tonight after maternity leave turned into a life-threatening pregnancy.</P> <P>ABC reports that her viewers have tracked her during the ups and downs of her pregnancy since she announced she was expecting twins in the summer.</P> <P>"I had been in a wheelchair actually for a couple months, but the viewers didn’t know," Grace said on "Good Morning America" today. "I’ve been through it. It’s grueling. It’s very, very difficult. It’s hard to do."</P> <P>Grace suffered complications throughout her pregnancy – trips to the emergency room were frequent.</P> <P>She kept to a strict protocol on her television show, with signals to let producers know what she was feeling.</P> <P>"Between my two producers, Dean and Elizabeth, we had a series of hand signals [to let them know how I felt]. I would touch my necklace during break if I couldn’t breathe or to throw up. All types of hands signals – to roll sound – to go to a guest – to keep the guest talking – to try to keep going until the twins came," Grace said.</P> <P>A complication forced her to deliver almost two months prematurely on Nov. 4, instead of the expected January 2008.</P> <P>"I had no idea what was going to happen that day. I was getting ready to go to church. It was Nov. 4 and I couldn’t breathe," she said. "I started coughing horribly. I coughed so violently I started getting sick. Then I bent over and I knew I had to go to the hospital…David took me to the hospital and doctor knew immediately that I was just full of fluid edema. My lungs were swimming. I had no idea."</P> <P>Then after giving birth to fraternal twins, Lucy Elizabeth and John David, a week later, Grace was back in danger as a blood clot in her lungs that almost killed her.</P> <P>Grace is no advocate for older women over 40 having kids.</P> <P>"Forget about it. Don’t do that, everybody. Please listen to me. The health risks are incredible and I had no idea going into it. On the other hand, if I had to do it all again to get Lucy and John David, I would do it in a heartbeat," Grace said. "I’m glad I did it, but I wouldn’t want to wish that on anyone else."</P> <P>Grace cited the murder of her fiance years ago as the reason for the delay starting her family life.</P> <P>"It’s no secret, after my fiance was murdered many, many years ago, I didn’t want to put myself out there for my world blowing up again. I didn’t want to marry, didn’t want to have children. But I desperately wanted a family," she said.</P> <P>When she married David Linch in April 2007, Grace had the opportunity to have the family she had always wanted.</P> <P>Now that she is a mom, will Grace let up on the bad guys?</P> <P>"I prosecuted so many child molestation and child murder cases during my career. Now that I’ve held John David and Lucy in my arms, I can’t imagine – on a whole different level –  how anybody could hurt such an innocent little creature. And I want to lock them up and throw away the key even more than before," Grace said.</P>Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.