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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.
12th Oct '15 1:33:44 PM Folamh3
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Some of these examples are better fits under Fake Pregnancy. Moving.
* ''Series/{{WhatWouldYouDo}}'' played with this scenario. Onlookers watch as a young woman buys a positive pregnancy test from a pregnant woman, and then uses it to pressure her boyfriend into marriage, saying how excited she is to start a family with him.

* Positive pregnancy tests are sold on eBay and Craigslist- an easy way for pregnant women to make money, and an easy way for a not-pregnant person to fool someone. For a while at least.

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12th Jul '15 12:12:02 PM CarolC
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incorrect. Francis never had biological children of her own.
* Frances [=McDormand=] wore a pregnancy suit while shooting ''{{Film/Fargo}}'' because her character Marge was heavily pregnant, and remarked that the extra weight and bulk really helped her get into character. Ironically Frances actually ''did'' become pregnant in real life during filming, but it was early enough that it didn't affect her as much as Marge's did.
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* Frances [=McDormand=] wore a pregnancy suit while shooting ''{{Film/Fargo}}'' because her character Marge was heavily pregnant, and remarked that the extra weight and bulk really helped her get into character. Ironically Frances actually ''did'' become pregnant in real life during filming, but it was early enough that it didn't affect her as much as Marge's did.
20th Jun '15 5:34:50 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* British War Correspondent Kate Adie wryly describes in her autobiography avoided a stop off in Argentina during the Falklands War by pretending that she was pregnant with the aid of one of her male colleagues and a cushion.
30th May '15 11:01:33 AM Erin582
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* On ''Series/{{Passions}}'', [[ManipulativeBitch Beth]] does a variation of this in [[TheBabyTrap an attempt to lure Luis away]] from Sheridan, who actually was pregnant (although in the latter's case, it was not known if either [[WhosYourDaddy he or his brother, Antonio, whom she was married to at the time, was the father of the unborn child.]]) What method did Beth end up using instead of a big, fluffy pillow? ''A bag of sugar,'' which at some point was even burst open ''[[OhCrap in the middle of a obstetrician's office.]]'' Oddly enough, although Luis was once concerned about why the baby wasn't kicking in her stomach when he placed his hand on her belly, [[WhatAnIdiot he never did find out that the pregnancy was fake.]]
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* On ''Series/{{Passions}}'', [[ManipulativeBitch [[{{Yandere}} Beth]] does a variation of this in [[TheBabyTrap an attempt to lure Luis away]] from Sheridan, who actually was pregnant (although in the latter's case, it was not known if either [[WhosYourDaddy he or his brother, Antonio, whom she was married to at the time, was the father of the unborn child.]]) What method did Beth end up using instead of a big, fluffy pillow? ''A bag of sugar,'' which at some point was even burst open ''[[OhCrap in the middle of a an obstetrician's office.]]'' Oddly enough, although Luis was once concerned about why the baby wasn't kicking in her stomach when he placed his hand on her belly, [[WhatAnIdiot [[TooDumbToLive he never did find figure out that the pregnancy was fake.]]
26th May '15 1:14:36 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' it turns out that Zala'ess Vel'Sharen was doing this during her negotiations with Quain'tana, with the suggestion that it served a dual purpose of making her look good (as drow culturally value motherhood immensely) and as a dig against Quain, who's infertile and very sore on the subject. It also [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10631 saves Zala's life]] when a would-be assassin attempts to stab her there and hits the pillow instead, leaving her unharmed.
21st Apr '15 9:31:19 PM Katsuhagi
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* Frances [=McDormand=] wore a pregnancy suit while shooting ''{{Film/Fargo}}'' because her character Marge was heavily pregnant, and remarked that the extra weight and bulk really helped her get into character. Ironically Frances actually ''did'' become pregnant in real life during filming, but it was early enough that it didn't affect her as much as Marge's did.
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