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13th Jul '16 2:39:27 AM PaulA
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* In ''Garden of Shadows,'' the prequel to VCAndrews' ''Flowers in the Attic'' series, Olivia Foxworth must stuff her clothes with a progressively larger series of pillows to make it appear that she really is pregnant, so the servants don't realize that [[spoiler:the baby who is about to join the family is really the result of her husband Malcolm raping his stepmother]].
* Also done in ''Olivia'', where Olivia Logan (no relation to Olivia Foxworth) does this so that she can pass off her sister's illegitimate child as her own.

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In ''Garden of Shadows,'' the prequel to VCAndrews' ''Flowers in the Attic'' series, ''Literature/GardenOfShadows'', Olivia Foxworth must stuff her clothes with a progressively larger series of pillows to make it appear that she really is pregnant, so the servants don't realize that [[spoiler:the baby who is about to join the family is really the result of her husband Malcolm raping his stepmother]].
* ** Also done in the Literature/LoganSeries in ''Olivia'', where Olivia Logan (no relation to Olivia Foxworth) does this so that she can pass off her sister's illegitimate child as her own.
24th Jun '16 3:39:23 PM dmcreif
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* A variant was also used in the TieInNovel ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'', when Monk and Natalie go shopping at a department store in one scene and end up busting a shoplifting ring. Natalie has a small run-in with a pregnant woman who snatches a blouse she intended to get for Julie. The pregnant woman drops her purse and immediately walks off. Once the shoplifter with the oxygen tank is secured, one of the security guards asks Monk if there's anyone else they need to be aware of, and Monk mentions a pregnant woman who is not pregnant. Knowing that said woman is faking it, Natalie tackles her, causing her tummy pack to burst open, and she gets back the blouse she wanted. Natalie then asks Monk how he figured it out and Monk gives a SherlockScan explanation: the pregnant woman walked like a normal person, instead of waddling, and she bent over at the waist to pick up her purse.

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* A variant was also used in the TieInNovel ''Series/{{Monk}}'' novel ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'', when Monk and Natalie go shopping at a department store in one scene and end up busting a shoplifting ring. Natalie has a small run-in with a pregnant woman who snatches a blouse she intended to get for Julie. The pregnant woman drops her purse and immediately walks off. Once Then Monk busts the shoplifter with first shoplifter: an elderly guy smuggling things out of the oxygen tank is secured, store in an oxygen. Then one of the store security guards asks Monk if there's anyone else they need to be aware of, and Monk mentions a pregnant woman who is not pregnant. Knowing that said woman is faking it, Natalie tackles her, causing her tummy pack to burst open, and she gets back the blouse she wanted. Natalie then asks Monk how he figured it out and Monk gives a SherlockScan explanation: the pregnant woman walked like a normal person, instead of waddling, and points out that she bent over at the her waist to pick up her purse.purse, which would be impossible if she was in her third trimester. Also, she was walking like a normal person and not waddling as a result of the weight displacement.
7th Jun '16 6:52:24 PM Bananaquit
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* In ''Secret Ceremony'', Cenci (Mia Farrow) play-acts at being pregnant by stuffing a plush toy frog under her dress.
23rd Mar '16 3:08:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in the ''TheDrewCareyShow'' "What's Wrong With This Episode?", where Kate and Lewis both (supposedly) have a PillowPregnancy, but in reality Christa Miller is actually pregnant, and is pulling a HideYourPregnancy.

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* Subverted in the ''TheDrewCareyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' "What's Wrong With This Episode?", where Kate and Lewis both (supposedly) have a PillowPregnancy, but in reality Christa Miller is actually pregnant, and is pulling a HideYourPregnancy.



* A similar stunt was pulled on ''KateAndAllie'' in TheEighties, to hide Susan St. James' pregnancy by stuffing Jane Curtin to match in one episode. (They justified it by making it a flashback episode to when the title characters were pregnant with their daughters.)

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* A similar stunt was pulled on ''KateAndAllie'' ''Series/KateAndAllie'' in TheEighties, to hide Susan St. James' pregnancy by stuffing Jane Curtin to match in one episode. (They justified it by making it a flashback episode to when the title characters were pregnant with their daughters.)



* An episode of ''KenanAndKel'' has them attempt to speak to someone in a hospital. To get in they use this trope to [[ZanyScheme disguise Kel as a pregnant woman going into labor]]. This finally leads to the line:

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* An episode of ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' has them attempt to speak to someone in a hospital. To get in they use this trope to [[ZanyScheme disguise Kel as a pregnant woman going into labor]]. This finally leads to the line:



* This occurs in an episode of ''OperationRepo'', in which a woman fakes being pregnant, even going so far as to fake going into labor, in order to keep her car from being repossessed. When her ruse was found out, the Repo team was not happy.

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* This occurs in an episode of ''OperationRepo'', ''Series/OperationRepo'', in which a woman fakes being pregnant, even going so far as to fake going into labor, in order to keep her car from being repossessed. When her ruse was found out, the Repo team was not happy.



* Done in ''GoodLuckCharlie'' when Amy and Teddy go to a restaurant to get some salad dressing that supposedly induces labor (Amy was a few weeks late on her latest pregnancy). Teddy managed to sneak into the restaurant's kitchen and steal the dressing then tried to tuck it underneath her shirt as if she too was pregnant. Unfortunately one of the employees found her out straight away.

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* Done in ''GoodLuckCharlie'' ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' when Amy and Teddy go to a restaurant to get some salad dressing that supposedly induces labor (Amy was a few weeks late on her latest pregnancy). Teddy managed to sneak into the restaurant's kitchen and steal the dressing then tried to tuck it underneath her shirt as if she too was pregnant. Unfortunately one of the employees found her out straight away.



* On ''DaysOfOurLives'', Kristen padded her clothing after miscarrying John's baby, fearful that he would leave her otherwise.

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* On ''DaysOfOurLives'', ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', Kristen padded her clothing after miscarrying John's baby, fearful that he would leave her otherwise.
19th Mar '16 3:34:39 AM Hossmeister
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14th Mar '16 11:20:19 AM DrOO7
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* Along with cutting and dying her hair, the heroine of ''Literature/SafeHaven'' employs this to disguise her appearance when she flees her abusive husband.
2nd Dec '15 2:12:38 PM MikeW
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* On ''Series/DesperateHousewives,'' Bree uses a fake belly to convince her friends she's pregnant rather than admit that it's really her teenage daughter who's pregnant. She even passes the child off as her own for a bit but when Edie finds out and tries to blackmail her, Bree confesses the truth to her friends, who forgive her.
2nd Dec '15 2:53:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* Julia Roberts' character in ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'' is coerced into doing this so she can pretend to be Julia Roberts...[[CelebrityParadox wait]]...
* AngelinaJolie does it in the movie ''Film/TakingLives'', though she uses a more convincing prosthetic to convince Ethan Hawke that she's eight months pregnant with his child, so that he'll think she's unable to fight back when he attacks her. [[spoiler:In the end, she shoots him dead, and then finally removes the prosthetic to show the audience that she had been faking her pregnancy for nine whole months, simply to bait him.]] This also creates an opportunity for a particularly disturbing KickTheDog moment on the part of Ethan Hawke's character, who [[spoiler:stabs her "pregnant" belly with a pair of scissors, evidently willing to kill her even though he believed her pregnant with his own twins...]]
* In the film ''The Cooler'', [[spoiler:Mikey and Charlene]] make use of this trope. They extract money from [[spoiler:Bernie]], and later [[spoiler:Charlene]] attempts to stop a fight by pretending to go into labor.
* The underrated LindsayLohan film ''Labor Pains'' features the main character doing this with one of her couch cushions, in front of a room full of baby shower guests who until that moment had thought she was genuinely pregnant.

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* Julia Roberts' character in ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'' ''Film/OceansTwelve'' is coerced into doing this so she can pretend to be Julia Roberts...[[CelebrityParadox wait]]...
* AngelinaJolie Creator/AngelinaJolie does it in the movie ''Film/TakingLives'', though she uses a more convincing prosthetic to convince Ethan Hawke that she's eight months pregnant with his child, so that he'll think she's unable to fight back when he attacks her. [[spoiler:In the end, she shoots him dead, and then finally removes the prosthetic to show the audience that she had been faking her pregnancy for nine whole months, simply to bait him.]] This also creates an opportunity for a particularly disturbing KickTheDog moment on the part of Ethan Hawke's character, who [[spoiler:stabs her "pregnant" belly with a pair of scissors, evidently willing to kill her even though he believed her pregnant with his own twins...]]
* In the film ''The Cooler'', ''Film/TheCooler'', [[spoiler:Mikey and Charlene]] make use of this trope. They extract money from [[spoiler:Bernie]], and later [[spoiler:Charlene]] attempts to stop a fight by pretending to go into labor.
* The underrated LindsayLohan Creator/LindsayLohan film ''Labor Pains'' ''Film/LaborPains'' features the main character doing this with one of her couch cushions, in front of a room full of baby shower guests who until that moment had thought she was genuinely pregnant.



* Briefly done for a gag in ''BrainDonors''. Literal ambulance chaser Roland T. Flakfizer arrives at the scene of a minor car accident and sees a woman passenger. He immediately sticks an instant-inflating pillow under her dress and starts loudly yelling about the liability costs.

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* Briefly done for a gag in ''BrainDonors''.''Film/BrainDonors''. Literal ambulance chaser Roland T. Flakfizer arrives at the scene of a minor car accident and sees a woman passenger. He immediately sticks an instant-inflating pillow under her dress and starts loudly yelling about the liability costs.
1st Dec '15 2:49:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Doll Tearsheet]] is accused of this in ''HenryIVPart2.'' Productions that don't cut the scene entirely sometimes imply that she is actually pregnant (after all, she is seen to be suffering from nausea in her first appearance).

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* [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Doll Tearsheet]] is accused of this in ''HenryIVPart2.''Theatre/HenryIVPart2.'' Productions that don't cut the scene entirely sometimes imply that she is actually pregnant (after all, she is seen to be suffering from nausea in her first appearance).
25th Oct '15 5:19:56 PM nombretomado
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* An early challenge on season 6 of ''ProjectRunway'' was to make a maternity outfit. However, instead of designing for real pregnant women, the designers designed for their regular models wearing a pillow. Some of them did ''not'' look convincingly pregnant.

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* An early challenge on season 6 of ''ProjectRunway'' ''Series/ProjectRunway'' was to make a maternity outfit. However, instead of designing for real pregnant women, the designers designed for their regular models wearing a pillow. Some of them did ''not'' look convincingly pregnant.



* ''{{CSI NY}}'' did this with a shoplifter, who got the items out of the store by putting them inside her clothes and making herself look pregnant. Stella and Danny have a bit of fun with her, admiring how her ankles haven't swollen at all and how she's still able to wear heels. When Danny causes two stolen items fall out of her shirt by knocking on her stomach, Stella congratulates her on twins.

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* ''{{CSI ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' did this with a shoplifter, who got the items out of the store by putting them inside her clothes and making herself look pregnant. Stella and Danny have a bit of fun with her, admiring how her ankles haven't swollen at all and how she's still able to wear heels. When Danny causes two stolen items fall out of her shirt by knocking on her stomach, Stella congratulates her on twins.
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