From saga novel Righteous Anger by Lynda Williams.
"Twelve!" Bryllit railed, and shook her fist at her disembodied ancestors. "Twelve babies I've given you! Go bless another descendant!"
She was casting about for something else to throw when she spotted Horth.
"You!" she roared, and launched herself at him.
Horth had heard that the hormones associated with early pregnancy could be murderously hard on a woman as Vrellish as Bryllit, whose blood was typically laced with as much testosterone as any man's. But he had not realized until now that the male responsible was the one most likely to get murdered.
Liege Bryllit is a military veteran and ex-lover of Horth's father, Hangst, who accepts the exiled young Horth as a substitute mekan'st, for his father, when Horth winds up on her doorstep in Killing Reach. But she wasn't counting on getting pregnant again. However, it would have been irreligious of a devotee of Okal Rel to deny the Waiting Dead a fair chance at rebirth -- which denies Bryllit the option of birth control. Fertility manners among the Vrellish are one of the ways their culture varies from ordinary humans.