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12/05/2007 at 07:00 PM EST
Mom-to-be Nicole Richie
has been granted a leave of absence from her court-mandated anti-drinking program, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The program suggested the Simple Life
star take a leave because they were worried for her safety, according to her rep.
"They offer that option to anyone with a medical condition of any kind," the rep says. "She is not receiving special treatment."
Richie, 26, who is eight months pregnant
, must complete the 18-month program as part of her plea deal in her second DUI conviction. She was sentenced in July to four days in jail, fined $2,048, and required to sign up for the program. (In August, Richie served just 82 minutes
at the Lynwood Jail, where pal Paris Hilton did her time.)
The alcohol-education course consists of 52 hours of group counseling, bi-weekly face-to-face interviews and 12 hours of alcohol education. Participants are also encouraged to attend 12-step meetings.