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6th Dec '16 1:29:51 AM aaronupright
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Of course, since a baby bump is not the only obvious physical change that occurs to a pregnant woman, efforts might not be totally successful. A skinny actresses, whose face fills out and a relatively flat chested one who suddenly becomes more buxom are going to be just as obvious as a baby bump, if not more so.


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This is more of a problem with TV Shows as opposed to films, where there might be an option to either shoot some or all scenes earlier when she is not showing as obviously or reshoot in post-production when the pregnancy is finished. This can still leave the disconcerting effect of an actress having a changing body shape throughout the movie.
26th Nov '16 12:55:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' did it with Emilia Fox, but not extremely well in the opinion of some fans. To elaborate, the giant grey silk cloak wasn't so bad, and neither was her newfound habit of standing behind various bits of furniture, but one scene has her standing before a kneeling King Uther - and it's his ''head'' that's being used to conceal her baby bump. It doesn't work at all.
* Subverted in the famous Brady episode of ''Day by Day'' where Maureen [=McCormick=] played her Marcia Brady character while very obviously in late pregnancy and no one mentioned that anything was different.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' did it with Emilia Fox, but not extremely well in the opinion of some fans. To elaborate, the giant grey silk cloak wasn't so bad, and neither was her newfound habit of standing behind various bits of furniture, but one scene has her standing before a kneeling King Uther - and it's his ''head'' that's being used to conceal her baby bump. It doesn't work at all.
* Subverted in the famous Brady episode of ''Day by Day'' ''Series/DayByDay'' where Maureen [=McCormick=] played her Marcia Brady character while very obviously in late pregnancy and no one mentioned that anything was different.



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Alanna Masterson (Tara) was pregnant for the filming of the first half of Season 6. The tactic of putting her in baggy sweatshirts that closely match Tara's usual style has the weird effect of hiding her bump really well from the front and [[SpecialEffectsFailure not at all]] from the side. The really weird part is that Tara spends the first few episodes of the season laid up in a hospital bed, which sounds like a perfect excuse to put this trope into effect quite well if it had been done a few episodes later; but following her recovery (and when the actress was ''more'' visibly pregnant) Tara is back to doing badass things in baggy clothing and behind any convenient SceneryCensor.

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Alanna Masterson (Tara) was pregnant for the filming of the first half of Season 6. The tactic of putting her in baggy sweatshirts that closely match Tara's usual style has the weird effect of hiding her bump really well from the front and [[SpecialEffectsFailure not at all]] from the side. The really weird part is that Tara spends the first few episodes of the season laid up in a hospital bed, which sounds like a perfect excuse to put this trope into effect quite well if it had been done a few episodes later; but following her recovery (and when the actress was ''more'' visibly pregnant) Tara is back to doing badass things in baggy clothing and behind any convenient SceneryCensor.
26th Nov '16 12:54:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Rommie's body being destroyed and the SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Doyle as {{Badass}} RobotGirl during season 5 of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' was due to Doig's pregnancy. During her pregnancy, she only appeared in chest up shots or as a disembodied head. Her being rebuilt after the destruction also served to explain the changes to Doig's body which were caused by the pregnancy.

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* Rommie's body being destroyed and the SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Doyle as {{Badass}} badass RobotGirl during season 5 of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' was due to Doig's pregnancy. During her pregnancy, she only appeared in chest up shots or as a disembodied head. Her being rebuilt after the destruction also served to explain the changes to Doig's body which were caused by the pregnancy.
11th Nov '16 2:59:16 AM AgProv
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** Her real-life pregnancy was actually exploited in a flashback episode explaining how they came to move in opposite Ray's parents in the first place: set at least six years before the "present", her real pregnancy, in-show, becomes a memory of her being heavily pregnant with Allie and the family needing a bigger place to live. Which Frank and Marie broker for them to suit Marie's convenience - right across the street.
27th Oct '16 6:22:28 AM fearlessnikki
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* Emily Blunt was pregnant yet again playing an infertile woman in ''Literature/TheGirlOnTheTrain'', though she was only five months gone by the end of filming. As she plays an alcoholic, it wasn't too noticeable. She does however spend a lot of the film wearing baggy clothes and big coats.


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* Scarlett Johansson parodies this in ''Film/HailCaesar'', where she plays an actress who's trying to conceal her illegitimate pregnancy. It's mentioned that her costumes keep getting altered and she can't perform her stunts for too long.
21st Oct '16 2:55:18 PM anna0852
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* This was elevated into an art form in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', as both Creator/AlysonHannigan and Creator/CobieSmulders became pregnant at various points throughout the show. This resulted in many scenes of sitting down, baggy clothing, strategic covering of the stomach area (including Lily suddenly incorporating guitar-playing into her teaching methods), sudden speed-eating talents (with the gag being the reveal of a BalloonBelly after stuffing her face) and- in the most blatant but amusing example- Lily inexplicably disappearing for four weeks after Barney told her an incredibly dirty joke. There were some epic fails in hiding Smulders' belly in several episodes of the fourth season, notably Mosbius Designs and The 3 Day Rule. Baggy shirts only hid so much. However, when Alyson got pregnant again in season seven, her character was already pregnant, so there was no need to hide it. Lily actually gave birth in the second-to-last episode of the season, while Alyson still hadn't. The season finale she went back to carrying a (rather large) diaper bag in front of her. It could be explained in-show as post-baby weight.

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* This was elevated into an art form in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', as both Creator/AlysonHannigan and Creator/CobieSmulders became pregnant at various points throughout the show. This resulted in many scenes of sitting down, baggy clothing, strategic covering of the stomach area (including Lily suddenly incorporating guitar-playing into her teaching methods), sudden speed-eating talents (with the gag being the reveal of a BalloonBelly after stuffing her face) and- in the most blatant but amusing example- Lily inexplicably disappearing for four weeks after Barney told her an incredibly dirty joke. There were
**There were, however,
some epic fails in hiding Smulders' belly in several episodes of the fourth season, notably Mosbius Designs and The 3 Day Rule. Baggy shirts only hid so much. However,
***However,
when Alyson got pregnant again in season seven, her character was already pregnant, so there was no need to hide it. Lily actually gave birth in the second-to-last episode of the season, while Alyson still hadn't. The season finale she went back to carrying a (rather large) diaper bag in front of her. It could be explained in-show as post-baby weight.


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** Her second pregnancy is also being hidden during the first half of season eight, this time with Kensi in a coma due to serious injuries incurred on assignment. But not before they had fun with one shot of Kensi undercover and presumably wearing a "fake" belly.
4th Oct '16 11:49:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''The Big Steal'' took extra long to film because Robert Mitchum had a stint in jail for marijuana possession in the middle of production. His pregnant co-star, Jane Greer, is visibly thicker in the waist in the last scenes shot while Mitchum himself is thinner due to life on a prison farm.
* In the original British version of ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'', Keeley Hawes underwent various stages of pregnancy throughout filming. The last scene in the film with her has her sit down on a sofa where her in-film (and real-life) husband is lying down, whereupon he quickly hides her belly by putting his legs across her lap.

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* ''The Big Steal'' took extra long to film because Robert Mitchum Creator/RobertMitchum had a stint in jail for marijuana possession in the middle of production. His pregnant co-star, Jane Greer, is visibly thicker in the waist in the last scenes shot while Mitchum himself is thinner due to life on a prison farm.
* In the original British version of ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'', Keeley Hawes Creator/KeeleyHawes underwent various stages of pregnancy throughout filming. The last scene in the film with her has her sit down on a sofa where her in-film (and real-life) husband is lying down, whereupon he quickly hides her belly by putting his legs across her lap.



* Emily Blunt was also pregnant for re-shoots on ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''. She wasn't far along so they didn't have to do much to hide it, but she couldn't do as many stunts or wear the heavy armour for too long.

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* Emily Blunt was also pregnant for re-shoots on ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''. She wasn't far along so they didn't have to do much to hide it, but she couldn't do as many stunts or wear the heavy armour for too long.



* When ''Film/CodeUnknown'' was shot in August 1999, Juliette Binoche was pregnant. To disguise her condition she wore loose "unkept" clothes.

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* When ''Film/CodeUnknown'' was shot in August 1999, Juliette Binoche Creator/JulietteBinoche was pregnant. To disguise her condition she wore loose "unkept" clothes.



* Lucille Ball was in the early stages of pregnancy when filming 1951's ''Film/TheMagicCarpet''. Though not obviously showing onscreen, her costumes had to be continuously let out during production. Ball also concealed her condition from Columbia executives to avoid risking contract termination.

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* Lucille Ball Creator/LucilleBall was in the early stages of pregnancy when filming 1951's ''Film/TheMagicCarpet''. Though not obviously showing onscreen, her costumes had to be continuously let out during production. Ball also concealed her condition from Columbia executives to avoid risking contract termination.



** This led to a hilarious behind the scenes extra in which Bill Cosby himself said that if Phylicia Rashad's belly got any bigger, they would have to park the Huxtable's car in the living room just so they could hide her stomach behind it.

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** This led to a hilarious behind the scenes extra in which Bill Cosby Creator/BillCosby himself said that if Phylicia Rashad's belly got any bigger, they would have to park the Huxtable's car in the living room just so they could hide her stomach behind it.



* This is why Zoe, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 20th anniversary special "The Five Doctors", specifically a vision of her that's tricking the Doctor, is wearing a layer of bubblewrap over her clothes.

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* This is why Zoe, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 20th anniversary special "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors", Doctors]]", specifically a vision of her that's tricking the Doctor, is wearing a layer of bubblewrap over her clothes.



* Subverted on ''Series/{{ER}}''. Although most actresses RealLife pregnancies were written into the show, in at least two cases--Ming Na and Alex Kingston--the pregnancies still had to be concealed for some time, as the actresses in question were much further along than their characters were.

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* Subverted on ''Series/{{ER}}''. Although most actresses RealLife pregnancies were written into the show, in at least two cases--Ming Na and Alex Kingston--the Creator/AlexKingston--the pregnancies still had to be concealed for some time, as the actresses in question were much further along than their characters were.
25th Aug '16 3:33:47 PM ultimomant
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* Linda Harrison was pregnant and was starting to show around the end of production for ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'', so Nova was carefully posed to hide it.
15th Aug '16 5:59:37 AM GreenLady
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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Alanna Masterson (Tara) was pregnant for the filming of the first half of Season 6. The tactic of putting her in baggy sweatshirts that closely match Tara's usual style has the weird effect of hiding her bump really well from the front and [[SpecialEffectsFailure not at all]] from the side. The really weird part is that Tara spends the first few episodes of the season laid up in a hospital bed, which sounds like a perfect excuse to put this trope into effect quite well if it had been done a few episodes later; but following her recovery (and when the actress was ''more'' visibly pregnant) Tara is back to doing badass things in baggy clothing and behind any convenient ScenerySensor.

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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Alanna Masterson (Tara) was pregnant for the filming of the first half of Season 6. The tactic of putting her in baggy sweatshirts that closely match Tara's usual style has the weird effect of hiding her bump really well from the front and [[SpecialEffectsFailure not at all]] from the side. The really weird part is that Tara spends the first few episodes of the season laid up in a hospital bed, which sounds like a perfect excuse to put this trope into effect quite well if it had been done a few episodes later; but following her recovery (and when the actress was ''more'' visibly pregnant) Tara is back to doing badass things in baggy clothing and behind any convenient ScenerySensor.SceneryCensor.
15th Aug '16 5:59:20 AM GreenLady
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* A really well-done example of this trope can be seen in Season 5 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Lena Headey (Cersei) became pregnant. The costume department did an excellent job of cutting Cersei's gowns to look exactly like the dresses Cersei had been wearing for the past four years, while at the same time concealing her bump with contrasting-coloured layers configured into "slender" shapes and under long, droopy sleeves she could elegantly draw across her stomach for wider shots. Cersei's full-frontal [[spoiler:walk of shame]] in the season finale was impressively ambitious under the circumstances, and utilised a body double with her hair hanging in her face or, [[spoler:after Cersei's head is shaved]], wearing a green screen mask for the wide shots.

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* A really well-done example of this trope can be seen in Season 5 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Lena Headey (Cersei) became pregnant. The costume department did an excellent job of cutting Cersei's gowns to look exactly like the dresses Cersei had been wearing for the past four years, while at the same time concealing her bump with contrasting-coloured layers configured into "slender" shapes and under long, droopy sleeves she could elegantly draw across her stomach for wider shots. Cersei's full-frontal [[spoiler:walk of shame]] in the season finale was impressively ambitious under the circumstances, and utilised a body double with her hair hanging in her face or, [[spoler:after [[spoiler:after Cersei's head is shaved]], wearing a green screen mask for the wide shots.
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