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5th Mar '17 11:51:04 PM sayaleviathan
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* Creator/LenaHeadey was pregnant while during the production of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Season 5. So, in order to do Cersei's walk of shame where she had to be naked, they use a body double instead but Headey was on the set and did the facial reactions.
5th Mar '17 11:47:42 PM sayaleviathan
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* Creator/LenaHeadey was pregnant while during the production of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Season 5. So, in order to do Cersei's walk of shame where she had to be naked, they use a body double instead but Headey was on the set and did the facial reactions.
21st Feb '17 2:53:50 PM LongTallShorty64
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* Veronica Lake was pregnant at the start of the filming of ''Film/SullivansTravels'', but her character wasn't. Fortunately, as she was playing a hobo, she could convincingly wear loose, baggy clothes. The rest of the time, the greatest costume designer in Hollywood was hard at work making her look completely innocuous.

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* Veronica Lake Creator/VeronicaLake was pregnant at the start of the filming of ''Film/SullivansTravels'', but her character wasn't. Fortunately, as she was playing a hobo, she could convincingly wear loose, baggy clothes. The rest of the time, the greatest costume designer in Hollywood was hard at work making her look completely innocuous.
2nd Feb '17 7:47:44 PM ElatedReynard
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* Averted in ''Film/{{Fido}}''. Carrie-Anne Moss's real life pregnancy was written into the film, where her character mentions being pregnant, and the husband commenting that he can't afford to pay for another funeral.

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* Averted in ''Film/{{Fido}}''. Carrie-Anne Moss's Moss' real life pregnancy was written into the film, where her character mentions being pregnant, and the husband commenting that he can't afford to pay for another funeral.



* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' got very creative with this, using everything from giant gingerbread castles to Mrs. [=McClusky's=] head to hide Marcia Cross's pregnancy. But when the plot really could not get away with this, they just called in a stunt double. One episode required Bree to climb a ladder, hiding the other actress's face. And when Marcia Cross returned (Bree and her family were written off the show for a few months to accommodate her maternity leave) they wrote Bree [[spoiler:as faking a pregnancy]]!

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* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' got very creative with this, using everything from giant gingerbread castles to Mrs. [=McClusky's=] head to hide Marcia Cross's Cross' pregnancy. But when the plot really could not get away with this, they just called in a stunt double. One episode required Bree to climb a ladder, hiding the other actress's actress' face. And when Marcia Cross returned (Bree and her family were written off the show for a few months to accommodate her maternity leave) they wrote Bree [[spoiler:as faking a pregnancy]]!



* By Season 8 of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', Leah Remini, whose extremely-slim figure was shown center-screen as a ratings-device for most of the series, had ballooned up to almost twice her original weight due to her season 6 pregnancy (shortsightedly, this was written ''out'' of the script by the Hollywood sitcom-wizards who gave Carrie a ''miscarriage'' before she even started gaining weight and resorted to the standard tricks throughout the sixth season). Even more absurdly, her blimping-out is never noticed or mentioned by ''anyone'' in the series, despite that 1) the original script made an entire episode-joke about how she had a family history of women gaining a ''lot'' of weight after age 30, and 2) the entire series was more or less a non-stop "running fat-joke" about ''Kevin James's'' weight-condition.

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* By Season 8 of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', Leah Remini, whose extremely-slim figure was shown center-screen as a ratings-device for most of the series, had ballooned up to almost twice her original weight due to her season 6 pregnancy (shortsightedly, this was written ''out'' of the script by the Hollywood sitcom-wizards who gave Carrie a ''miscarriage'' before she even started gaining weight and resorted to the standard tricks throughout the sixth season). Even more absurdly, her blimping-out is never noticed or mentioned by ''anyone'' in the series, despite that 1) the original script made an entire episode-joke about how she had a family history of women gaining a ''lot'' of weight after age 30, and 2) the entire series was more or less a non-stop "running fat-joke" about ''Kevin James's'' James''' weight-condition.



** Melissa Fumero announced her pregnancy with her first child a few weeks into the airing of Season 3. Since her character, Amy, had entered into a romantic relationship with the main character just a few episodes before, the writers apparently decided that it wasn't a good time to write her pregnancy into the plot. Fortunately, the fact that it's a sitcom allows for a decent amount of LampshadeHanging (Jake trying to get suggestions for a gift for their six-month anniversary and reacting with disgust to his Charles's suggestion that it's time he "put a baby in her!", for example), and Amy's fairly neutral wardrobe has always consisted of loose blouses and suit jackets anyway, meaning that a lot of the time the actress's baby bump is covered up quite effectively. Impressively it's also yet to impact on her ActionGirl status, with her doing some pretty physical perp chases, [[ItMakesSenseInContext interpretive dance moves]], and briefly fighting Terry in a training session, all of which have been performed without recourse to a FakeShemp.

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** Melissa Fumero announced her pregnancy with her first child a few weeks into the airing of Season 3. Since her character, Amy, had entered into a romantic relationship with the main character just a few episodes before, the writers apparently decided that it wasn't a good time to write her pregnancy into the plot. Fortunately, the fact that it's a sitcom allows for a decent amount of LampshadeHanging (Jake trying to get suggestions for a gift for their six-month anniversary and reacting with disgust to his Charles's Charles' suggestion that it's time he "put a baby in her!", for example), and Amy's fairly neutral wardrobe has always consisted of loose blouses and suit jackets anyway, meaning that a lot of the time the actress's actress' baby bump is covered up quite effectively. Impressively it's also yet to impact on her ActionGirl status, with her doing some pretty physical perp chases, [[ItMakesSenseInContext interpretive dance moves]], and briefly fighting Terry in a training session, all of which have been performed without recourse to a FakeShemp.
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.
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