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Who is the one person no one ever questions or suspects of anything? A pregnant woman! Many have picked up this handy little fact and seen its potential for whenever you need to get away with something. But real pregnancy is messy and takes too long. Not to worry! There is a simple trick to getting the full effect of being pregnant without having to go through all the trouble of actually becoming pregnant:
Step 1: Stuff a pillow up your shirt.
Congratulations! Now everyone who sees you will conclude that you are in some late stage of pregnancy and won't question or harass you about anything! Also quite useful if someone actually thinks you are pregnant when you really aren't, although they may get curious when the natural follow up never happens.
Anime and Manga
- In a Mentos ad, a man and his date skip out on a restaurant bill by pretending she just went into labor and rushing to their motorcycle. Turns out she just had a motorcycle helmet under her dress.
- In the first episode of Cowboy Bebop, a woman fakes a pregnancy by stuffing drugs up her dress. Yes, you heard right. She smuggles drugs in a fake belly.
- In the "Escape From Pain" episode of Trigun, Milly smuggles a teenage girl under her coat.
- In one FoxTrot strip, Jason and Marcus have pillows under their shirts. At first they're bugging people with "I think we ate too much Halloween candy" and then when that doesn't get a reaction, it's "I think we're pregnant."
- Julia Roberts' character in Ocean's Twelve is coerced into doing this so she can pretend to be Julia Roberts...wait...
- Angelina Jolie's character in the movie Taking Lives, though she uses a more convincing prosthetic to fool Ethan Hawke that she's 8 mos. pregnant with his child, so that he'll think she's unable to fight back when he attacks her. 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 9 whole months, simply to bait him.
- The in the film The Cooler, Mikey and Charlene make use of this trope. They extract money from Bernie, and later Charlene attempts to stop a fight by pretending to go into labor.
- Short story "Golden Girl" by Ellis Peters (Edith Mary Pargeter). While a pregnant woman is taking a sea voyage, the ship is damaged and starts to sink. After the woman puts on a life jacket, one of the ship's officers drops her into the sea so she can be rescued by nearby boats. Much to his surprise, she sinks straight to the bottom. It turns out that she had been smuggling 30 pounds of gold bars in the padding under her maternity smock.
- On Friends Monica has decided to shoplift a blue sweater as her "something blue" and "something borrowed." She shoves it up her blouse and has a quick maternal moment.
- Lindsay Lohan's execrable film Labor Pains featured 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.
- Subverted in the Drew Carey Show What's Wrong with this Episode," where Kate and Lewis both (supposedly) have a Pillow Pregnancy, but in reality Kathy Kinney is actually pregnant, and is pulling a Hide Your Pregnancy.
- An episode of Kenan & Kel has them attempt to speak to someone in a hospital. To get in they use this trope to disguise Kel as a pregnant woman going into labor. This finally leads to the line;
"Congratulations, you've given birth to a lovely fluffy cushion."
- This occurs in an episode of Operation Repo 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.
- In the "Harlem Globetrotters" episode of TV Funhouse, the team accidentally travels back to the first Christmas, where they decie to play Mary, Joseph and some others in a game of basketball for who gets the Inn, vs. who sleeps in the barn. Naturally, the Globetrotters PWN the Bethlehem players-- until Baby Jesus is born, who then begins defeating the Globtrotters with his miracle-powers. Meadowlark then gets one of his brilliant ideas, and takes a hint from Mary by pulling a Pillow Pregnancy with the ba basketball under his shirt, in order to sneak past and score the winning basket.
- In Errant Story, Meji once snuck out of a guarded city by pretending to be pregnant... her 'belly' however, actually contained her snarky, flying cat familiar, Ellis... while Ian dressed like a priest and convinced the guards to let her through by pretending to be the father, doing a cover-up.
- In an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Katara dons this guise to pretend to be "Sapphire Fire" (Sokka's "wife" and Aang's "mother").