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23rd Mar '16 8:46:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{NYPD BLUE}}'': Diane miscarries her child with Bobby. (He later meets him in the afterlife.) Another time, Danny has a crisis when he gets his girlfriend pregnant, but she has a miscarriage at the end of the episode. (''Entertainment Weekly'' complained at the time that it was a cop-out way to end that storyline.)

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* ''{{NYPD ''Series/{{NYPD BLUE}}'': Diane miscarries her child with Bobby. (He later meets him in the afterlife.) Another time, Danny has a crisis when he gets his girlfriend pregnant, but she has a miscarriage at the end of the episode. (''Entertainment Weekly'' complained at the time that it was a cop-out way to end that storyline.)



* Kirsty did this on ''HomeAndAway'': first she lied she was pregnant, then to weasel out of it she lied she miscarried, and then she found she was having a baby for real, and then she miscarried for real. (Doubly convenient since she needed a kidney transplant but couldn't bring herself to have an abortion.) Several years later (having had a full term pregnancy in the meantime), it happened to her ''again'': She pretended to try for a baby but kept taking the pill, admitted she didn't want a baby, got pregnant anyway, considered an abortion but realised she wanted the baby, then had a miscarriage.

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* Kirsty did this on ''HomeAndAway'': ''Series/HomeAndAway'': first she lied she was pregnant, then to weasel out of it she lied she miscarried, and then she found she was having a baby for real, and then she miscarried for real. (Doubly convenient since she needed a kidney transplant but couldn't bring herself to have an abortion.) Several years later (having had a full term pregnancy in the meantime), it happened to her ''again'': She pretended to try for a baby but kept taking the pill, admitted she didn't want a baby, got pregnant anyway, considered an abortion but realised she wanted the baby, then had a miscarriage.



* ''CoronationStreet'' actually inverted the subversion. In the 1980s, the soap received a certain amount of controversy by featuring UK soap's first abortion storyline, when Susan Barlow chose to get rid of her baby rather than be trapped in her marriage to Mike Baldwin. Nearly ''fourteen years later'', this was {{retcon}}ned to reveal she had actually lied about having an abortion and had been bringing up a son that neither Mike nor Susan's father Ken knew about.

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* ''CoronationStreet'' ''Series/CoronationStreet'' actually inverted the subversion. In the 1980s, the soap received a certain amount of controversy by featuring UK soap's first abortion storyline, when Susan Barlow chose to get rid of her baby rather than be trapped in her marriage to Mike Baldwin. Nearly ''fourteen years later'', this was {{retcon}}ned to reveal she had actually lied about having an abortion and had been bringing up a son that neither Mike nor Susan's father Ken knew about.



* Somewhat subverted on ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', since [[spoiler: Adrian and Ben]] wanted their daughter and were devastated when she was a stillborn. But it was still pretty convenient for the writers.

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* Somewhat subverted on ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', since [[spoiler: Adrian and Ben]] wanted their daughter and were devastated when she was a stillborn. But it was still pretty convenient for the writers.



* Used in ''SavingHope''. Maggie gets pregnant by Gavin, the two of them fight a lot and don't seem particularly well suited to having a baby. When they eventually come to accept the pregnancy, Maggie miscarries.
* ''TheLAComplex'': Raquel gets pregnant by either Connor or Gary (it's left ambiguous.) She decides to pursue a relationship with Connor and is just about to tell him about the pregnancy when she miscarries while he is on a date with another woman (Connor's other relationship is a publicity stunt, but still.)

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* Used in ''SavingHope''.''Series/SavingHope''. Maggie gets pregnant by Gavin, the two of them fight a lot and don't seem particularly well suited to having a baby. When they eventually come to accept the pregnancy, Maggie miscarries.
* ''TheLAComplex'': ''Series/TheLAComplex'': Raquel gets pregnant by either Connor or Gary (it's left ambiguous.) She decides to pursue a relationship with Connor and is just about to tell him about the pregnancy when she miscarries while he is on a date with another woman (Connor's other relationship is a publicity stunt, but still.)
15th Mar '16 7:05:21 PM WhatTheSpoot
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*[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}, who underwent one of these during their marriage; the reader didn't find out about the pregnancy at all until years after it was over, and the miscarriage didn't manage to maintain the status-quo - the couple divorced afterward.
9th Feb '16 11:02:33 AM socialist-cokehead
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* OrphanBlack: Gracie losing Helena and Henrik's baby is inconvenient for Gracie (even though she didn't want the pregnancy, it's the only reason her family still has use for her), but an excellent plot point as it will force her away from the Proletheans and to Art (and maybe the rest of clone club.)

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* OrphanBlack: ''Series/OrphanBlack'': Gracie losing Helena and Henrik's baby is inconvenient for Gracie (even though she didn't want the pregnancy, it's the only reason her family still has use for her), but an excellent plot point as it will force her away from the Proletheans and to Art (and maybe the rest of clone club.)
8th Jan '16 10:38:57 PM DrOO7
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** A classic example in a ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' fanfic that has CP Alesha Philips conceiving as a result of her rape. When she decides to keep the baby, DS Matt Devlin offers to step in as the baby's father. When she miscarries it draws them even closer, with Matt outright offering to light a candle, for ''our'' baby, thus playing this trope twice--not only does Alesha not have to carry her rapist's baby, losing makes she and Matt realize how much they love each other.



* On ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', following a fight with their respective partners, a despondent and drunken Will and Jessica had sex, resulting in pregnancy. After the requisite waffling over having an abortion, marrying her boyfriend (who graciously offered to step up and "do the right thing" even though he wasn't the father) or placing the baby for adoption, Jessica ultimately decided to keep and raise the baby herself. In what has to be one of the most ridiculous examples of this trope, she was ''hit by a car as she was going into labor.'' (She had gone for a walk to escape the chaos of her baby shower.)

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* On ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', following a fight fights with their respective partners, a despondent and drunken Will and Jessica had sex, resulting in pregnancy. After the requisite waffling over having an abortion, marrying her boyfriend (who graciously offered to step up and "do the right thing" even though he wasn't the father) or placing the baby for adoption, Jessica ultimately decided to keep and raise the baby herself. In what has to be one of the most ridiculous examples of this trope, she was ''hit by a car as she was going into labor.'' labor'' (She had gone for a walk to escape the chaos of her baby shower.)shower), thus eliminating any chance of the show handling this realistically.
8th Jan '16 10:53:25 AM catmuto
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* ''Literature/AliceSeries'' has Pamela get pregnant by her boyfriend during their junior year. She's distraught and repeatedly says how she doesn't want to be pregnant, with her mother giving her a few options on what she can do. Before Pamela can decide anything, she miscarries around her fourth week.
30th Dec '15 7:19:45 AM Toper
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* In ''Film/WhatToExpectWhenYoureExpecting'', the only woman who became pregnant from a one-night stand, rather than as part of an established couple, is also the only character to miscarry.
12th Nov '15 7:03:00 PM nombretomado
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* In RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}'', the female protagonist is [[RapeAsDrama raped]] [[spoiler:by her FATHER]] and then subsequently miscarries. In the middle of the wilderness. In a hut half-buried in the snow. This book doesn't just BreakTheCutie, it tries to tear her psyche apart.

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* In RobinMcKinley's Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}'', the female protagonist is [[RapeAsDrama raped]] [[spoiler:by her FATHER]] and then subsequently miscarries. In the middle of the wilderness. In a hut half-buried in the snow. This book doesn't just BreakTheCutie, it tries to tear her psyche apart.
7th Nov '15 8:31:21 PM nombretomado
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* In a recent arc of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', the title character's sometimes-girlfriend Agent [[ComicBook/{{Agent 13}} Sharon Carter]] of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} discovered that she was pregnant. She was then taken captive by RedSkull and, after a fight, was found stabbed in the abdomen. The next issue revealed that she had done it to herself to keep her baby away from the Skull. No one blames her. (It's hinted that Red Skull was going to use her baby as his new body.)

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* In a recent arc of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', the title character's sometimes-girlfriend Agent [[ComicBook/{{Agent 13}} Sharon Carter]] of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} discovered that she was pregnant. She was then taken captive by RedSkull ComicBook/RedSkull and, after a fight, was found stabbed in the abdomen. The next issue revealed that she had done it to herself to keep her baby away from the Skull. No one blames her. (It's hinted that Red Skull was going to use her baby as his new body.)
5th Nov '15 10:57:12 AM N.Harmonik
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* ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'': According to [[https://twitter.com/TheRealDKMykan/status/572652338453733379 this Tweet]], Mykan intends to write Cadance getting pregnant then miscarrying when a possessed Shining Armor kicks her, just to punish her some more.

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* ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'': In the fifth "season", [[spoiler:a column collapses onto Cadance, killing her baby when she was only a few weeks away from giving birth]], just so the author can [[spoiler:punish her some more for being happily married]]. According to [[https://twitter.com/TheRealDKMykan/status/572652338453733379 this Tweet]], Mykan intends originally intended to write Cadance [[spoiler:Cadance getting pregnant then miscarrying when a possessed Shining Armor kicks her, just to punish her some more.her]].
8th Oct '15 4:33:04 AM Gowan
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* Subverted in ''Literature/NewesOfTheDead'' Anne is pregnant out of wedlock and tried an abortion, which didn't work. After giving up on it she miscarries several later. That would be convenient ... except it happens while she's supposed to be working, there is blood everywhere, Anne is too upset to think of a lie to explain all of it, and even though the miscarried fetus is not nearly large enough to be alive, she is accused of infanticide.
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