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24th Apr '17 10:38:37 AM Dravencour
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The last reason has plenty of scope for justification and drama. If the father is an insane, planet-killing psycho who might [[OffingTheOffspring murder his own spawn]] -- or [[TurnOutLikeHisFather raise his child in evil]] -- secrecy might be a good idea. If he's an irresponsible lout, she might decide the kid would be better off without him, since he would just be a GlorifiedSpermDonor. On the other hand, maybe he would be a good father, but he's already married... to someone else. Or our Alice is very uncertain, and she [[CannotSpitItOut can't think of any]] [[PoorCommunicationKills good way to tell him]] and is just "waiting for the right time" - only for Bob to up and move and leave no forwarding address. Perhaps Alice was drunk, or otherwise does not know in WhosYourDaddy, or believes that the father will not believe her in MamasBabyPapasMaybe.

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The last reason has plenty of scope for justification and drama. If the father is an abusive bastard, or an insane, planet-killing psycho who might [[OffingTheOffspring murder his own spawn]] -- or [[TurnOutLikeHisFather raise his child in evil]] -- secrecy might be a good idea. If he's an irresponsible lout, she might decide the kid would be better off without him, since he would just be a GlorifiedSpermDonor. On the other hand, maybe he would be a good father, but he's already married... to someone else. Or our Alice is very uncertain, and she [[CannotSpitItOut can't think of any]] [[PoorCommunicationKills good way to tell him]] and is just "waiting for the right time" - only for Bob to up and move and leave no forwarding address. Perhaps Alice was drunk, or otherwise does not know in WhosYourDaddy, or believes that the father will not believe her in MamasBabyPapasMaybe.
24th Apr '17 10:37:08 AM Dravencour
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Reasons for this may vary. If [[AliceAndBob Alice]] is not married, but lives in a society that condemns extramarital sex, [[StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism she faces extreme censure]], and may end up hiding her pregnancy from her own family. Alice may be happily married, but has suffered several miscarriages, and does not want to tell outsiders her situation in case of another failure. There may be a Prophecy or other form of Narrative Causality brewing around Alice's baby, and she [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal and unnoticed,]] for Alice Jr.'s safety. Or Alice may be unhappily estranged from Bob, her baby's father, and does not want him to get within fifty miles of her and their offspring.

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Reasons for this may vary. If [[AliceAndBob Alice]] is not married, but lives in a society that condemns extramarital sex, [[StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism she faces extreme censure]], censure]] (if not [[HonorRelatedAbuse even worse things]]), and may end up hiding her pregnancy from her own family. Alice may be happily married, but has suffered several miscarriages, and does not want to tell outsiders her situation in case of another failure. There may be a Prophecy or other form of Narrative Causality brewing around Alice's baby, and she [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal and unnoticed,]] for Alice Jr.'s safety. Or Alice may be unhappily estranged from Bob, her baby's father, and does not want him to get within fifty miles of her and their offspring.
24th Apr '17 10:28:32 AM Dravencour
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* In the movie ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', she tries her hardest to keep her pregnancy a secret from her nasty deadbeat abusive husband, and was planning to run away with her gynecologist. For several months he actually thought she was just fat. She also decides to keep this from her demanding boss for a time so it might not interfer with work. Humorously, the boss actually knows when she tells him ("You thought I thought you went out and got fat? I don't care if you work while giving birth."

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* In the movie ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', she Jenna tries her hardest to keep her pregnancy a secret from her nasty deadbeat abusive husband, and was planning to run away with her gynecologist. For several months he actually thought she was just fat. She also decides to keep this from her demanding boss for a time so it might not interfer interfere with work. Humorously, the boss actually knows when she tells him ("You thought I thought you went out and got fat? I don't care if you work while giving birth."
21st Mar '17 3:25:19 PM LongTallShorty64
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* The main plot of ''Film/ToEachHisOwn'': Jody has her baby in New York instead of the small town where she's from.
18th Mar '17 1:21:54 PM TonyG
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* On ''Series/BlackIsh'', Bow hides her pregnancy from her hospital staff because she's up for a promotion to partner.
8th Jan '17 4:46:08 PM nombretomado
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* In ''UsagiYojimbo'', Usagi returns to his home village for a time, where his former love has been married to another man for several years. The woman has a kid, and Usagi grows quite fond of the little tyke, especially since the guy starts calling him "Uncle". Before long, however, the revelations start: It's really Usagi's kid, of course, and his love didn't want to tie him down (since he's a samurai who needs to be able to travel). After a discussion, Usagi decides not to stick around, lest he drive a wedge between the boy and his adoptive father. Then, somewhat later, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the boy knows that he's Usagi's kid]]. But neither [[spoiler:Usagi nor the kid is willing to tell the other]], believing that the other doesn't know.

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* In ''UsagiYojimbo'', ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', Usagi returns to his home village for a time, where his former love has been married to another man for several years. The woman has a kid, and Usagi grows quite fond of the little tyke, especially since the guy starts calling him "Uncle". Before long, however, the revelations start: It's really Usagi's kid, of course, and his love didn't want to tie him down (since he's a samurai who needs to be able to travel). After a discussion, Usagi decides not to stick around, lest he drive a wedge between the boy and his adoptive father. Then, somewhat later, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the boy knows that he's Usagi's kid]]. But neither [[spoiler:Usagi nor the kid is willing to tell the other]], believing that the other doesn't know.
14th Dec '16 6:09:49 PM EmperorMax2019
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* In the ''Literature/RedRising'' trilogy, Mustang hides her pregnancy from the majority of the cast and from society at large for multiple reasons. In addition to being a rebel leader fighting on the front lines of a war, Darrow was [[BadassInDistress captured]] and imprisoned before she even knew she was pregnant, and when he was rescued after being presumed dead for nine months, the resistance movement he's part of is slowly slipping into HeWhoFightsMonsters territory, and she's concerned that he wouldn't be able to be a good father for their child. She spends the majority of ''Morning Star'' subjecting him to a SecretTestOfCharacter to make sure that he'll be able to be a good father when the rebellion is over, and only tells him when he passes her test.
28th Oct '16 5:52:57 PM Minni128
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* In the late 1990s, a woman made the Seattle news after she went to the hospital with terrible stomach pains and delivered a healthy 6-pound baby girl. As her periods had always been light and irregular, and she continued to spot throughout the pregnancy and had no baby bump at all, she had no idea she was pregnant until she gave birth.
23rd Oct '16 5:31:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer]] was in the dark during most of the time Marge was pregnant with Maggie, in part because she knew Homer planned to just stay with two kids and keep his dream job at the bowling alley and didn't want to upset him. Her sisters, wanting to see Homer suffer, spread the news around town. However, Homer was far too thick to see the signs, understand the congratulatory euphemisms, or notice the ''outright statements'' of his soon-to-be fatherhood, and in fact only fully understood after someone congratulated him on his new job due to RuleOfFunny.

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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer was in the dark during most of the time Marge was pregnant with Maggie, in part because she knew Homer planned to just stay with two kids and keep his dream job at the bowling alley and didn't want to upset him. Her sisters, wanting to see Homer suffer, spread the news around town. However, Homer was far too thick to see the signs, understand the congratulatory euphemisms, or notice the ''outright statements'' of his soon-to-be fatherhood, and in fact only fully understood after someone congratulated him on his new job due to RuleOfFunny.
21st Oct '16 2:32:50 PM anna0852
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Ziva neglected to tell anyone that she and Tony had a daughter until after her death, when the child was brought over from Israel to live with her unsuspecting dad.
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