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-> ''You stupid pieces of @#!%, I was in the army too, and I didn't forget four years of training the moment my egg's perimeter was breached! You think just because I can't see my feet right now that I can't put one of them up your cowardly ninja asses?''
-->-- '''Kazumi Kato''' (see right), ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

In RealLife, pregnancy is just a natural part of the cycle of life, with women commonly managing to work right up till they go into labor and resuming normal activity a few days after. However, it's also damned inconvenient, marked by tenderness of various random body parts, [[MorningSickness moderate to severe nausea and vomiting]], challenges to joints and ligaments that can be exceedingly painful, and of course, all that ballooning up a pregnant woman has a tendency to do. Particularly troublesome pregnancies can even be incapacitating.

On TV, pregnancy falls at one of two extremes. Either it's a debilitating condition that takes former {{Action Girl}}s out of commission for the duration, rendering them physically and emotionally fragile or even bedridden -- or exactly the opposite. Whether it's due to surging hormones or newfound maternal instincts, in action shows, pregnancy can cause a woman to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] -- sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently in preparation for becoming a MamaBear or ActionMom.

If they ''really'' want to emphasize what a {{Badass}} we're talking about she'll run into a major battle nine months pregnant, go into labor while fighting, retire just long enough to deliver the baby, then get up and return to the fray. Take it UpToEleven in situations where magic is involved, and the unborn child is trying to help its mother in someway, lending support in what is usually a terrible strain on her mind or soul.

A Pregnant Badass, of course, might be part of a BattleCouple. (Far closer to TruthInTelevision, as a father is ''very'' likely [[PapaWolf to protect his wife and unborn child if they are threatened.]]

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A rare [[MisterSeahorse male]] example is Yuuji from ''Manga/AnimalX'', who takes on a TyrannosaurusRex with a chainsaw, takes out four men with a fire extinguisher, and [[spoiler: breaks out of a secure medical facility, liberating at gunpoint the repressed vaccine for a deadly man-made virus,]] all the while pregnant.
* [[spoiler: Viletta Nu]] from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[spoiler: avoided capture when Lelouch takes over the world with Cornelia's rebellious group while pregnant with hers and Ohgi's kid.]] Yeah, she ''was'' on the early stages, but she ''did'' have a notorious baby bump by the time [[spoiler:Zero Requiem had its climax -- and right then she was seen with a gun in her hands alongside Cornelia and Guilford.]]
* The ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire emblem: Seisen no Keifu]]'' manga adaptation by Mitsuki Oosawa has several cases of this:
** As a part of her AdaptationalBadass makeover of sorts, [[spoiler:Deirdre]] takes the trope and makes it a part of her CrowningMomentOfAwesome. The infamous [[spoiler: "let's bring King Clement down to normal with a Silence staff so his Mackily castle can be taken without spilling any blood"]] gig happened when she was in the first stages of her pregnancy with [[spoiler: Seliph]].
** There is also [[spoiler: Ira and Adean]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fire_emblem_seisen_no_keifu/v05/c029/30.html giving birth]] during the Silessa arc. [[spoiler:Adean only has her eldest son Lester (with Jamke, in this continuity), while Ira has ''twins'' (Ulster and Larcei, with Lex).]] The same arc also has [[spoiler: Ethlyn]] pregnant with [[spoiler: her ''second'' child Leif]], but she doesn't give birth until few later.
** Similarly, another chapter reveals that few months after this [[spoiler: BadassPrincess Raquesis is pregnant with her eldest son Delmud (Finn's child, in this particular media.)]]
* The mother of [[spoiler:the Liebert twins]] from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' made an escape attempted involving crawling through some vents while heavily pregnant. Read "heavily pregnant" as "goes into labour just as she gets out of the building". So close...
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Subverted, since [[spoiler:MamaBear Kushina Uzumaki restrained the Kyuubi ''after'' giving birth to Naruto]]. This is still impressive considering that this was [[spoiler:hours after the birth.]]
** Half averted, half played straight with Kurenai Yuhi. As her specialty is genjutsu, illusions which typically requires a minimum of physical effort, she'd likely only be partially hampered by being pregnant. [[spoiler:But since it's Asuma's child, her long term on-again-off-again lover who just died in battle, she chooses to stay out of going on missions while carrying. Not to mention Shikamaru constantly looking out for her, as the last promise he made to his dying sensei.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' [[spoiler:might be using this in a very strange way with Units 01 and 02.]] The pilots' mothers' souls are inside the units, and the entry plug is filled with what might be amniotic fluid and is compared to the womb several times.
* It was revealed during ''Manga/ShamanKing'', that before Yoh and the gang left for America, he and [[SlapSlapKiss his]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther fiancée]], [[{{Tsundere}} Anna]], [[TheirFirstTime they... well... you know]]. Six years later in the epilogue we see their son Hana... which means yes, in those few months of the last chapters, Anna would have been in those early stages of pregnancy.... and she ''still'' kicked all kinds of butt as usual.
* [[EurekaSeven Eureka]] doesn't let being six months pregnant stop her from kicking ass in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAo''.
* A slightly more plausible example than many, but Shogun Yoshimune from ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'' refuses to call off a meeting with her advisors just because her labour pains have started, and continues to debate economic policy with them even during the climactic stages.
* BlueGender: [[spoiler: Marlene is pregnant with Yuji's child during the last two episodes]]. She was only in the first few weeks, so it in no way affected her status as an ActionGirl.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', there was Anna's mentor, Umimi Habara, a pro-duelist and half of a BattleCouple with her husband Tobio; in truth, she was planning to retire from the pro-circuit for this reason, but wanted to duel one last time at a public event to announce it - at which point Anna confronted her about it as her opponent, dragging Yuma into it. Unfortunately, she became the latest BrainwashedAndCrazy Barian victim in the process and then fit this Trope to a T. Fortunately, she got better.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has Freyja, a girl with powers based on her namesake, the Norse Goddess of Fertility. Despite being heavily pregnant, she can do feats like sprinting and then jumping onto a moving train, and puts up a hell of a fight against Touma. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that the girl is an innocent and her ''unborn baby'' is controlling her like a puppet.]]
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[[folder:Ballads]]
* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''Literature/FauseFoodrage'', the queen knows her baby will be killed if a boy, and so goes to escape in advanced pregnancy, just before she goes into labor.
-->''"O narrow, narrow is this window,\\
And big, big am I grown!"\\
Yet thro the might of Our Ladie\\
Out at it she has won.\\
\\
She wanderd up, she wanderd down,\\
She wanderd out and in,\\
And at last, into the very swines' stye,\\
The Queen brought forth a son.''
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/LutherArkwright The Adventures of Luther Arkwright]]'', the heavily pregnant Princess Anne leads her armies into battle against the Cromwellian regime dominating an [[AlternateHistory alternative Britain]] while just about ready to drop, goes into labour during the battle, gives birth (to twins!), and then gets right back up again and, bare-naked, leads the final climactic charge. The Boudicea-like imagery is not lost or wasted on her or her followers.
* ''ComicBook/MsTree'': Michael is impregnated by an old flame who is manipulating her to kill his wife. She decides to keep the baby, creating a unique series of adventures of this homicidal PI fighting off criminals even while dealing with a full term pregnancy while the mob family she hates moves to protect her in their own way.
--> '''Ms. Tree''' ''(On the phone)'': I just shot two idiots and my water just broke.
* ''Comicbook/ForgottenRealms'': An assassin caught the very pregnant lady Shaerl Amcathra and proclaimed she was his hostage. That is, he found a mid-level Cormyrean [[ClassyCatBurglar thief]] in the mood of a hungover cobra, then gave her a target less than an arm's length away and a surprise round to vent it. Before his next articulate word he was lying on the ground separated from his sword, and hurt in at least three places.
* In ''ComicBook/XForce'', [[spoiler:Wolfsbane]]. She was already a [[spoiler: pregnant mutant werewolf]], which would be badass enough in its own right, but the strain of the pregnancy was killing her until Elixir altered her DNA to be more like her unborn baby's, resulting in super strength, bulletproof (at least) skin, and a significant enough upgrade to her already heightened senses that they're now more acute than Wolverine or X-23's. And ''why'' did Elixir have to do this? The father of her child is an [[spoiler: Asgardian wolf-god]].
* ''Creator/MarvelComics''' JessicaJones. Highlights include beating up the Green Goblin with his own glider when she thought something had happened to her baby, and disarming Kang the Conqueror and pointing his own {{BFG}} at him when he tried to threaten her in ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''.
* The ''ComicBook/GreenLantern Amnee'' almost defeats the baby-stealing villain Kryb in single combat while heavily pregnant. At one point, she uses her GreenLanternRing to create a huge construct in the form of a newborn baby, complete with umbilical cord, and makes it beat Kryb up for her.
** The only reason Amnee didn't win? She was ''in labor'' whilst fighting Kryb, which distracted her sufficiently that Kryb held out until she could summon backup: four {{Mind Control}}led Green Lanterns, one of them Amnee's husband, who overpowered Amnee.
* Mother of Champions from ''ComicBook/TheGreatTen''. Perpetually pregnant, and perpetually a badass too.
* Parodied in ''PowerGirl''. While at the movies, PG and Terra are watching a trailer for a comedy/action movie about a fat geek who has a drunken one-night stand with a gorgeous supermodel/international super-spy and winds up getting her pregnant. The model's firing uzis in battle when she complains that her water just broke, as the guy is trying to not throw up at the information in a book about birth. The movie is called ''Fat Guy and the Hot Chick''.
* ScarletWitch effortlessly took out The Toad, her StalkerWithACrush, when he stormed the house in a battle-suit to profess his love. (It didn't help that his first reaction on seeing her hugely-pregnant self was "Yuck!")
* Taz from ''ComicBook/AtariForce'', with the surprising bit being that [[SamusIsAGirl nobody knew that Taz was female until Morphea found that out from a telepathic scan]].
* {{Galactus}}'s daughter Galacta currently qualifies, technically, although she isn't pregnant in the same way humans are. (It's similar, however.) When her hunger for life energy was increasing to the point that the temptation to consume the Earth became harder than ever to resist, she thought some evil parasite had infected her, and tried to steal the Ultimate Nullifier from her father's ship in an effort to purge it from her (even though the risk of destroying herself in the process was great). When he stopped her from doing so, she found out that the "parasite" was actually a child she had conceived in [[TrulySingleParent the same method that he had conceived her.]] (She was, in effect, pregnant; the reason for her incredible hunger was simply, she had to eat for two.)
* In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' series, [[spoiler: Superwoman, the EvilCounterpart to ComicBook/WonderWoman in the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, has been revealed to be pregnant. This hasn't stopped her superhuman rampages in the slightest.]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [=ComicsNix=] fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5674909/1/Bella_Swan_Pregnant_and_Furious Bella Swan Pregnant and Furious]]'': Bella is pregnant -- obviously -- yet she is still able to kick the shit out of ninjas, pirates, zombies, and even Satan himself. And the funny thing is, it's all because the baby clothes she found were all very ugly.
* Madeline Pairis-Frost on ''Roleplay/HonorableHogwarts''.
* [[spoiler:As in post-series canon, Zoe]] in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}''.
* In the ''FanFic/ElementalChessTrilogy'', the pregnant Riza initially subverts the trope by submitting meekly to being placed under "protective custody" (read: house arrest) while [[spoiler:her husband is on trial]]. When she finds out that [[spoiler:he's being rescued from his wrongful execution and she herself has a chance to escape, she takes it and reaches the allied forces in time to help stop TheDragon from having her TrueCompanions killed.]]
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky'': The Iso scout Kanna is carrying a new "spark" [[spoiler: and gives birth on a Recognizer as the crew's making a run for it]]. This does not slow her down at all. She still holds her own with the rest of the cast in fighting off the Resource Hog Gang, including a chase on light-cycles and wielding a BFG. [[spoiler:The last line of the story indicates her daughter turned out pretty badass herself]].
* In ''Fanfic/GameTheory'', Megane is eight months pregnant and capable of calling forth her most powerful [[SummonMagic summons]] [[spoiler:but the strain of using that much magic induces labor, which makes it a deconstruction.]]
* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'': A fanfic from the "Anything and Everything" series portrays Rose as such.
* Lind in the AhMyGoddess series was about as strong as they come, able to hold her own against Hild while she has an angel missing. However, in the story Fanfic/AhArchfall, pregnancy actually TRIPPLES her strength, making her the only one who can match Papa Jupiter in a one-on-one showdown.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanfic ''Lovely Dream'', Reimu is forced to carry a child due to the importance of her bloodline. When Remilia finds out she doesn't take it lightly cause she knows what it will entale as well as causing her more inmature side to surface. In her fury she decides to attack Reimu along with the entire Scarlet Devil crew. What follows is perhaps the most [[CurbStompBattle one sided buttkicking]] Reimu has ever delivered.
* In the ''Film/StarTrek'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9795158/1/Written-in-the-Stars Written in the Stars]]'', Fem!Kirk's Prime counterpart remained on duty as Captain throughout her pregnancy, and then ''gave birth in the middle of a '''battle against the Klingons'''.'' '''''Damn'''''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Pacha's wife Chicha in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' is pregnant throughout the movie (and shown realistically), but with the help of her young children is more than a match for the villain Yzma.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Rene Russo's character in ''Film/LethalWeapon4''.
* Marge Gunderson in ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' does a nicely realistic interpretation.
* Marie, the hotel owner from ''Film/InBruges''.
* Most Fruitful Yuki, a [[ShowWithinAShow fake manga character]] in the movie ''Film/{{Juno}}''.
* Anita Mui's character in Stephen Chow's ''Justice My Foot.'' Keeps fighting right until she goes into labor, and even for a brief while afterwards.
* Averted with Padmé from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels in a case of BadassDecay. In the second film, she is running around [[BareYourMidriff with bared midriff]] and [[BattleCouple firing a blaster at enemy droids]]. In the third film however, once she becomes pregnant, she is very much a DistressedDamsel, more emotionally than in the literal sense, but justified in that she's pregnant with twins and could easily injure herself or the children at that point in the pregnancy, and in fact suffers what's essentially DeathByChildbirth and DeathByDespair after she delivers them.
* JackieChan's pregnant stepmother in ''Legend of Drunken Master'' ''wants'' to fight, but nobody will let her, though it's shown she has the ability to kick just about anybody's ass. Subverted in that [[spoiler:she's not really pregnant and was just faking it so her husband wouldn't punish Jackie too harshly for being out of bounds and getting smashed to fully exploit the power of the Drunken Fist style while in the middle of a street brawl. Then it turns out she ''is'' pregnant]].
* ''Film/KillBill'': The Bride, although she'd literally ''just'' found out she was pregnant (test still in hand). Also, she and her attacker decided to just walk away instead of fight. Otherwise an aversion, which led to the plot occurring.
-->''Before that strip turned blue, I was a woman. I was your woman. I was a killer who killed for you. Before that strip turned blue, I would have jumped a motorcycle onto a speeding train... for you. But once that strip turned blue, I could no longer do any of those things. Not anymore. Because I was going to be a mother. Can you understand that?''
* Contestant Dawn in ''Film/Series7TheContenders'', who also has a streak of SociopathicHero.
* [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]'s mother in the 2011 movie. A LadyOfWar, she is mortally wounded and wants to see her son before her death. Her husband then helped her, carving a caesarean section with his sword, giving birth to Conan ''on the battlefield''.
* Isabella Hudson in ''Film/FinalDestination 2''.
* Although her knowledge of it is never confirmed, it is highly likely that Selene is pregnant in the opening sequence of ''Film/{{Underworld}}: Awakening'', jumping off buildings and dodging flamethrowers, before she is taken hostage and put into frozen stasis for more than a decade, waking up to find a pubescent daughter. Sonja is consistently a badass in ''Underworld: Rise of the Lycans'', and is revealed to have been pregnant for the entire movie towards the end.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Woman Warrior'' by Maxine Hong Kingston retells the Chinese legend of Fa Mu Lan in Chapter 2, including the heroine becoming pregnant during war and giving birth during battle. She even wore specially-made armor during her pregnancy that would fit around her enlarged stomach.
* In ''[[TheOtherworld Broken]]'', Elena's mate's and father-in-law's overprotectiveness drives her directly into adventure. And despite her newfound caution and her center of gravity being thrown off balance, she still manages to kick large amounts of ass. [[spoiler: And then she learns she's the equivalent of nine months pregnant [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent for her race]] and she's having twins.]]
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'': Susannah Dean was [[HandicappedBadass scary enough already]] ''without'' [[spoiler:a demonspawn FetusTerrible]] bringing out her terrifying MamaBear side.
* Mara Jade in the ''NewJediOrder'' books, compounded by her also having a debilitating ''disease'' for part of the series yet still managing to kick massive amounts of ass.
* ''TheThrawnTrilogy'': Leia Organa Solo, pregnant with twins, being accepted as the Mal'ary'ush by the Nohgri and showing them how the Empire has only contributed to their problems. When she's pregnant with her third child in ''DarkEmpire'', she shows herself capable of matching Luke in a lightsaber duel.
* Lisanne Norman's ''SholanAlliance'' Series features Carrie Hamilton-Aldatan, a lady who fights a DuelToTheDeath while pregnant. During a subsequent pregnancy, she goes off [[TimeTravel time travelling]].
* Khiri from ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}''.
* Charity from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' was first introduced in the third book as [[ChurchMilitant Michael]]'s very pregnant wife. [[spoiler: She is later kidnapped by the baddie wanting to get back at Michael, while she isn't able to escape herself she is able to put a very impressive fight. Needless to say, her status as an ActionMom in later books didn't come as a surprise.]]
* [[spoiler:Peeta]] from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' claimed that [[spoiler:Katniss was pregnant, likely making some people think she was this. It was just a lie to get sympathy so likely averted. Finnick used this a lot in the Quarter Quell when Katniss freaked out.]]
* Literature/ThursdayNext in JasperFforde's ''The Well of Lost Plots''. Initially averted in that she's hiding out in the [=BookWorld=] because her assorted enemies mean it wouldn't be safe for her to stay in the Outworld during her pregnancy. Still, she ends up saving the day in the [=BookWorld=].
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the nine-months-pregnant Shaiel, a Maiden of the Spear (woman warrior), walked with a massive army hundreds of miles to a foreign land to hunt down a king, climbed a mountain to fight the decisive battle, and then gave birth in the middle of that battle to TheHero. Also [[spoiler:Elayne]], in later books.
* In RogerZelazny's ''Lord Demon'' several female demons go into the most recent grand battle pregnant, and at least one of the young demons has been born during this battle.
* In Eric Nylund's ''Pawn's Dream'', the antagonist is given a huge power boost in the final battle because of her pregnancy, as magic is powered by dualities. Having two beings (well, three, she's pregnant with twins) in one body is a major one.
* [[spoiler:Kitai]] is pregnant during the entire last book of the ''Literature/CodexAlera''. This doesn't stop her from being very, very badass.
* In ''Dies the Fire'', the first volume of SMStirling's {{Emberverse}} series, nine-months-pregnant Juniper Mackenzie leads the Clan Mackenzie in battle against a group of Eaters (crazed cannibals), goes into a holy berserker-trance in which she invokes the Blood-Crow aspect of the Goddess, and opens the battle by killing the first Eater with an arrow. The Mackenzies win. The moment the battle is over, Juniper goes into labor and delivers Rudi Mackenzie.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': [[spoiler:Sybil]] gets a few AwesomeMoments in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''.
* Mary Doria Russell, author of ''Literature/TheSparrow'', is exceptionally fond of this trope. Pregnancy will make tough women even tougher ([[spoiler: Sofia Mendes in ''The Sparrow'', Ha'anala in ''Children of God'', Mirella in ''Literature/AThreadOfGrace'']]). A standout example is [[spoiler: Claudette/Claudia from ''Literature/AThreadOfGrace''.]] [[spoiler:Gradual character development caused by being on the run from the Nazis turned her from a bratty teenager into a serious girl wise beyond her years. However, being married, knocked up and widowed all within a few days causes her to [[TakeALevelInBadass take several levels in badass]].]] [[spoiler: While pregnant, she's running dangerous missions for the Italian Resistance. By the last days of the war, she's mowing down ambushing Nazis with a machine gun.]]
* The story-within-a-story of Tadeusz Borowski's "The January Offensive" features a pregnant woman who joins the Russian march on Berlin in WWII, stopping for only a day to give birth to her child before carrying it along with her on the march. The story's listeners consider this implausible.
* The climax of Eric Flint's ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' has not one, not two, but ''three'' pregnant badasses shooting up an army of Croats that attack their town. Promptly {{lampshaded}} when another character comments, "Boy, did they pick the wrong time to piss off pregnant women."
* [[Literature/MegLangslowMysteries Meg Langslow]] in ''Stork Raving Mad'' just as she's about to give birth to twins.
* An honorable mention must go to the unnamed mother of [[ConantheBarbarian Conan the Cimmerian]], who it is explicitly stated gave birth to him on a battlefield.
* In the ''Literature/TimeScout'' series, Ann Vin Mulhaney (resident gun expert) is pregnant as of the last two books.
* [[spoiler:Alexia Tarabotti]] in Gail Carriger's ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'' series. Most notably she manages to [[spoiler: fight with and then rescue an entire vampire hive from a mechanical octopus machine, deal with a freed pack of moon-crazy werewolves and manage to get control of the situation and protect everyone, all of this minutes before giving birth.]]
* Reiko from the ''Literature/SanoIchiro'' mysteries. Being pregnant doesn't stop her from getting involved in dangerous detective investigations, or getting into knife fights with crazy villains and winning.
* In ''[[Literature/TheFirebringerTrilogy Dark Moon]]'', [[spoiler:[[ActionMom Tek]]]] tosses one of [[spoiler:[[TyrantTakesTheHelm Korr]]'s]] thugs off a cliff and fatally injures him while carrying [[spoiler:[[OracularUrchin the twins]]]].
* Arguably the original of this trope occurs in Irish myth. In the ''Ulster Cycle'', Macha, the daughter of Sainrith mac Imaith, is married to Crunniuc, who foolishly boasts of her running speed in front of the King of Ulster. Though she is heavily pregnant with twins, the king forces her to run a race with his chariot horses. (She appeals to those around her to stop it, but the Ulstermen fail to stand up for her.) She wins the race easily, delivers twins at the finish line, and lays a curse on all Ulstermen to endure the pangs of labor for five days and four nights in their times of greatest difficulty for not helping her. The curse endures for nine generations, thus proving it is a Bad Idea to Piss Off The Pregnant Lady.
* In ''Xanth'', Queen Irene's talent over plant growth is enhanced to Sorceress (aka Magician) level while she is pregnant with Princess Ivy, who even before birth was evidently demonstrating her Magician level talent of enhancement. Irene's power level remains that way even after Ivy is born.
* Averted a couple ways in ''[[TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Stone Prince]]''. Isolde [=DeKathrine=] is [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed]] to the eponymous Prince, and unknowingly a couple weeks pregnant with his child, when she helps fight off an attack on the royal party (due to GenderIsNoObject, she's a fully fledged knight and lord). Months later, after they're married, she is forbidden to come with her husband to war once it's discovered she's carrying the next heir to the throne. She is absolutely furious with him, even though he's her ''monarch'' by this point, and all their servants and guards are [[PassThePopcorn quite aware of it.]]
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': A flashback reveals Daniar was this at one point. [[spoiler: Deconstructed as a belly wound killed the fetus.]]
* The Lady Jessica, in ''{{Dune}}'', quickly forces Stilgar (the leader of his sietch and therefore its mightiest warrior) to submit and keep the other Fremen at bay. She does this while not heavily pregnant but pregnant nonetheless.
* Invoked and averted in ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn'' when [[spoiler:Frostflower, questioned about Starwind's real parents, says (truthfully) Thorn is his mother only for Maldron to reject the confession out of hand as a lie: Thorn was nowhere pregnant enough just weeks ago to have given birth to the newborn Starwind.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Piper from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. She was made more dangerous because her unborn son protected her with a force field. Well, when it wasn't turning her explosions into bursts of flowers, or switching her powers with [[HealingHands Leo]]'s. Unfortunately, her second pregnancy is just the opposite and leaves Piper essentially bed-ridden (because Piper's actress was actually pregnant.)
* [[spoiler:Gwen Cooper]] in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth''. [[spoiler:Although most of her badassery does occur when she's still in a fairly early stage of pregnancy; it's towards the end when we see her with a visible baby bump.]]
* Xena in ''XenaWarriorPrincess''. Pregnant, but still managed to backflip and whatnot. Xena once fought off a small army of soldiers sent by the gods to stop her from giving birth, ''while she was in labor''. As one fan noted, the woman must be made out of cast iron.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
** During ''The Peacekeeper Wars'', Aeryn Sun fires on her enemies ''while in labor''.
-->'''Aeryn:''' ''(teary, minutes from birth)'' Shooting makes me ''feel'' better!
*** Earlier, Aeryn pointed out to John that she was "pregnant, not incapacitated." Clearly.
** Commandant Grayza, who killed her lover (and commanding officer) because he considered surrendering to the Scarrans and then took over command despite the High Council's orders. When questioned:
-->'''Grayza:''' Don't let the belly fool you, Lieutenant. You were aware of my status?\\
'''Lieutenant:''' Commandant, ma'am.\\
'''Grayza:''' And who in this battle group outranks me?\\
'''Lieutenant:''' No one.
* ''AshesToAshes'': Jackie Queen headbutts a pornographer while vastly pregnant, and insists on tagging along on the team's investigation. And she's not even a ''copper''. Then again, [[ViolentGlaswegian she's from Glasgow]].
* Teyla in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. In one episode, the bad guy made a comment about Lorne's men letting her doing the interrogation; she responded by tapping the guy's shoulders with the log she used to knock him out earlier, then threatening to frame him to the villagers as a Wraith worshipper. And that's after Sheppard took her off active duty when she confessed that she's pregnant. A Wraith Queen tried to attack her baby in utero and she used her psychic powers to fend her off with unprecedented strength. Her powers are genetic, and she could resonate with her son, giving her access to double the psychic powers she previously had for the duration of her pregnancy.
** Similar to the above {{Farscape}} quote, Teyla has to tell Ronon "I'm pregnant, not ill" when he suggests that she shouldn't be exercising.
* Not quite as action-oriented as other examples, but in ''Series/StargateSG1'', Vala was pretty badass during her pregnancy. Even if you ignore the whole "left outside for several days while pregnant" thing, she later risked her life to warn Earth of the impending war and then insisted on traveling into said war with her husband. Granted, she was probably hoping to get back to Earth (which she did) but that's still pretty badass, especially for a heavily pregnant woman.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' While it probably counts as a MamaBear moment, Sharon cracking a bulletproof window ''with her head'' during late pregnancy was certainly a feat of badassitude. Then again, she isn't really a human...
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': When Sidney Bristow was pregnant with Vaughn's child and he was [[spoiler: not really]] dead, she used her hormones as an excuse to ''kick his murderer out a window''. Note he was tied to a chair and five stories up. And despite her pregnancy, she remained an active agent and was able to do [[LadyOfWar all that]] [[ActionGirl it required]].
* When Mary Stuart Masterson hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1992 she did a sketch called "Lisa Piongrasic, Very Pregnant Undercover Cop". She played the title role who was a hardassed ''and'' pregnant police detective with Phil Hartman playing her superior and Chris Farley as her bumbling partner. The opening credits showed her with a baby bump climbing a chain-link fence, posing undercover as a prostitute, participating in a high-speed chase, throwing a bad guy over some garbage cans, and practicing self-defense training, getting hit head-on by a car, peeking out slowly from behind a wall on stakeout. The rest of the skit showed her and Farley trying to take down a drug dealer played by Dana Carvey doing a ''Film/{{Scarface}}'' impression.
** Also, Creator/AmyPoehler doing a PissTakeRap about SarahPalin (while the latter was present) on a ''Weekend Update'' sketch.
* The possibility of dying along with her baby on the island takes ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Sun from TheStoic to this trope in season four. Reaches its apex when a very pregnant Sun informs her {{Jerkass}} father that [[TookALevelInBadass she's bought out his corporation]] and now, ''he'' works for ''her.''
* Darla, the only vampire who ever got pregnant in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. She still had all of her extra vampire strength, leading to some violence when she went into labor... and all that extra hunger can rack up a huge kill count.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Kira Nerys in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' beat the shit out of a ''serial killer'' while the equivalent of nine months pregnant.
** Her pregnancy wasn't used in series, but on ''SerieS/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Gates [=McFadden=] (Dr. Crusher) shot one of her best episodes ("Remember Me") while pregnant, including doing her own rather strenuous stunt (dangling from a wall-mounted chair and flailing as air was blasted at her, so it would look like she was being sucked into a vortex).
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Lt. B'Elanna Torres]] in "The Killing Game" is a courier and spy for the [[LaResistance French Resistance]] while (sort of) pregnant. )[[ItMakesSenseInContext Her holodeck character is pregnant, with all the physical limitations]].)
* An non-action example: Maxine Peake's character Martha Costello from the recent British courtroom drama ''Silk''. She's a barrister, she's pregnant, and she's such a darned {{determinator}} that even a [[spoiler: violent beating-induced miscarriage in the first season finale]] won't stop her from defending a client she believes to be innocent.
* [[spoiler:Amelia Pond]] from ''Series/DoctorWho''. While it was an episode that technically never happened, in "Amy's Choice," she definitely counts. She was toward the end of her pregnancy, describing herself as "a boat." Despite this, she's able to keep both the Doctor and Rory at bay, and was mowing down aliens left and right.
** The next series, the trope gets [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzagged]] to hell and gone. [[spoiler: Amy]] is pregnant, then not pregnant, then the TARDIS can't tell if she's pregnant, then she turns out to [[spoiler: be a duplicate, while the real Amy is kept in a coma while pregnant, somewhere out of the Doctor's reach]]. And the baby? [[spoiler: She turns out to be River Song]].
* Invoked by George on ''Series/AlienNation'' when, having had his machismo belittled by Sykes all episode [[MisterSeahorse for being pregnant]], he absolutely ''creams'' a thug who threatens both cops, then explains that he was [[PapaWolf protecting his baby]].
* Perhaps not as badass as other examples, but Haley from ''Series/OneTreeHill'' slapped Rachel in an awesome moment while pregnant with Jamie.
-->'''Rachel:''' You're lucky you're pregnant...\\
'''Haley:''' No, honey, ''you're'' lucky I'm pregnant.
* Temperance Brennan on ''Series/{{Bones}}''. Heavily pregnant and still ran right into a fight with a perp despite Booth warning her not to. Briefly played for laughs when she falls into a narrow space and her stomach keeps her from getting up.
* [[spoiler: Jules]] from ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' in season 5.
* DesperateHousewives has Lynette Scavo, who [[spoiler: pushes a young girl out of the way of a crashed plane barreling down the street while pregnant with twins. Unfortunately, the event causes her to miscarry one of those twins.]]
** A later example finds her [[spoiler: convincing a serial killer, a very troubled boy she befriended, to help her deliver her baby, save said baby's life, and winds up convincing him to turn himself in.]]
* Played with in the StudioC sketch, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRr1SGCfoxk Lady Shadow]]," where the titular character is trying to be her awesome spy self, but is having a bit of trouble...
* Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles'' in season 8. Mulder is missing and the FBI isn't doing anything to find him. She's got a manhunt to head, a new partner to break in, and X-Files to solve, pregnancy be damned!
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* The ''Weapons of the Gods'' RPG has the "Xia Pregnancy" ability, which allows a woman to fight at (almost) full strength while pregnant. It also protects the foetus from any attack that does not kill the mother, and, during the third term, from attacks that ''do'' kill her.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Being that they are immensely powerful demigods, Exalts are capable of pulling this off. Exalted women often don't even show outward signs of pregnancy for much longer than normal, and even when they do, superhuman stamina, pain resistance, and dexterity means it fails to get in the way much. Tepet Ejava's mother Ellora pulled the "gave birth in the middle of battle" variant.
* In ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'', the [[AmazonBrigade Matsu]] ''[[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking daimyo]]'' thwarted an assassination attempt while six months pregnant. She, her husband, and their [[LittleMissBadass twelve year-old daughter]] killed a dozen of the Phoenix Clan's most skilled samurai.
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* ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal]]'': If the player is romancing Aerie, she becomes pregnant early on in the expansion. Her stats aren't affected in the slightest, and this is around the level range where Aerie grows into one of the most powerful characters in the party. Character-wise, she [[TookALevelInBadass Takes a Level in Badass]] in ''Throne of Bhaal'' anyway, so becoming pregnant is only incidental.
** It gets better: take long enough and ''she'll give birth'', right near the end of your adventure (and likely smack dab in the middle of a dungeon). After taking a few moments of rest she patches herself up with a few healing spells, then jumps right back to fighting/traveling alongside you with baby in tow.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''
** The Boss, toward the end of ''MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', explains a lot of her {{backstory}} to her prized pupil Naked Snake. The woman was pregnant when she and her compatriots participated in D-Day during World War II. More than pregnant -- she gave birth by ''self-performing a Caesarean section '''while storming the beach at Normandy'''.'' Pregnant Badass taken to extremes, perhaps.
** Olga, from the same series, also qualifies.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''
** [[spoiler: Louise]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe''. In her A support with her husband, [[spoiler:Lord Pent]], she reveals to him that she's expecting her first baby; [[spoiler:said baby is the older of her two children from ''Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals'', Klein.]]
** The women in the first half of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of Holy War]]'' may qualify, if they get paired up; we never are given estimates of when most of their kids are born anyway. At least Raquesis is intended to be pregnant during the battle of Belhalla.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' we are introduced to Ena, a young woman who is reunited with her betrothed at the end of the game, only for him to die in her arms. She then gives birth to his child at the end of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius the sequel]], three years later. So this girl, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent who changes into a dragon]], fought in two wars over four years, and was pregnant the entire time!
** While there are no explicit cases of this in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'', it's possible for a recruitable child's father to die the battle after reaching the necessary RelationshipValues with the mother, leaving some easy assumptions to be made.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', pregnancy doesn't affect creatures in any way, so you commonly have pregnant dwarves beating goblins to death with warhammers, sometimes [[UpToEleven giving birth in the process]], sometimes using the newborn infant as a shield... Foals and puppies, if born during combat, may actually join in.
* The female player character in many ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games isn't slowed down whatsoever by being pregnant, and is capable of doing everything from debilitatingly exhausting farm work to riding horses to mining with no ill effects. Some of the things the [[LoveInterest different husbands]] say during their pregnancy even {{lampshades}} this, to the effect of "If working hard on the farm like this doesn't make you sick, ''nothing'' will."
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', a heavily pregnant superspy can raid the "secret" criminal base
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** If you apply some thought to the gap between ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears its sequel]] (and remember an early scene between her & Dark Knight Cecil), [[TheChick Rosa]] is implied to be one during most of the former, being that she manages to be 19 in the original game and 36 in the sequel with a 17-year-old kid. Perhaps unfortunately, though, the latest UpdatedRerelease of ''IV'' and ''TAY'' [[{{Retcon}} retcons]] the kid's age to 15, thus removing the primary evidence for Rosa being a Pregnant Badass. Fandom disagrees over whether to accept this retcon, as some people find the idea of Rosa beating up Zeromus while pregnant just too good to give up. Even if the retcon is accepted, Rosa is playable in the interlude that takes place between the two games, where she later states that she is pregnant.
** Even if the retcon is accepted, Sheila (Yang's wife) was likely already pregnant with Ursula when she was beating up mooks with her [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]].
* In ''The Walking Dead: the Game'', Christa is predicted to be around 2 - 5 months pregnant (it's a fan theory. it hasn't been confirmed in the game, but at one point, you actually say that she's "walking for two".) and she is amazingly skilled when it comes to zombie fighting (and possibly jumping on trains, depending on who you help onto Chuck's train).
* [[LadyOfWar Jun Kazama]], Jin's MissingMom from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series. After the climax of the second game, Devil--having lost half of himself when Heihachi dropped Kazuya's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown battered body]] into ''[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat an erupting volcano]]'' -- tried to enter her womb and possess her unborn son. [[MamaBear In response]], Jun '''''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu utterly stomped the bejeezus out of him]]'''''.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Turok}} 3'', [[spoiler:if you're playing as Danielle,]] you find out she's been pregnant the entire time, thus securing the Turok lineage for another generation.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'': [[spoiler:Isoroku]] is one when she [[spoiler:shoots an arrow to distract Xavier who retaliated by having her leg cut off! She even survived her pregnancy and delivered her son with Rance.]]
* In the third season of Telltale Games' ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', Sybil Pandemik is [[LongestPregnancyEver fifteen months pregnant]] when she volunteers to go inside the giant EldritchAbomination currently rampaging through the city and fill in the team roles of psychologist, brain surgeon, veterinarian, scuba diver and dark wizard.
* The happy-go-lucky yet very effective wavemaster Mistral in the ''Franchise/DotHack'' games is revealed in the LightNovel retelling to be Mayumi Kurokawa, a housewife pregnant with her first child.
* Ayla of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is a BoisterousBruiser cavewoman who clobbers a world-ending EldritchAbomination with [[BareFistedMonk her bare hands]]. And depending on how you read some of her lines, she does all this while dealing with morning sickness. Or a hangover. Hopefully not both.
** The ending adds evidence to this; when Marle ([[spoiler: Kino and Ayla's direct descendant]]) tells him to have strong kids, Kino remarks "Don't worry, Ayla strong! Ayla have MUCH energy!", and Ayla drags him away before he can say any more, heavily implying they've done the deed many times. While this isn't confirmation in itself, no contraception existed back then...
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has [[spoiler:Morrigan.]] If [[spoiler: the Dark Ritual is done]], she is pregnant during the Battle of Denerim. If the PlayerCharacter sleeps with her but doesn't go through the ritual, she is still revealed to be with a child during the epilogue.
* Frey in ''RuneFactory4''. Being pregnant with Luna or Noel doesn't get in the way of her farm work in the slightest, and she remains every bit as capable of laying waste to the local monster population.
* The alpha female in ''VideoGame/{{Wolf}}'' is every bit as capable during her pregnancy as she was before mating season. Join an elk hunt the day before cubs are due? Sure!
* Similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the timeline of the ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series implies that Ilia Silvestri was pregnant with the hero of [[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory the second game]] during the final stages of [[VideoGame/StarOcean1 the first]]. Even more impressive in Ilia's case since she's a very talented BareFistedMonk.
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* Kazumi Kato in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0587.html #586]], as is shown in the image above. This is also a quiet parody of the fact that there are no pregnancy rules in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (there's really no need for them), so there's nothing stopping her from fighting at full capacity. Or ''more'', if your campaign happens to have MamaBear house rules.
-->'''Kazumi:''' Why should I care how many of you I kill? I can just make more IN MY TUMMY!\\
'''Ninja:''' Please, don't hurt me! [[IHaveAFamily I have children too!]]\\
'''Kazumi:''' Did you go through half a year of haemorrhoids to get them? Turn around, and I'll show you exactly what that feels like!
* In the comic strip series ''The Adventures of Fifine'', Beautiful Darkness takes down a cybernetic freak by poisoning him. Despite being in her first trimester.
* ''DominicDeegan'': Miranda Deegan saved the world from the Storm of Souls while heavily pregnant with her first child, Jacob.
* The title character of the now-defunct MagicalGirl webcomic ''Brigadier Swirl'' becomes a badass as direct result of becoming pregnant. Her unborn twins were actually the ones with all the powers. But since they are, ya know, inside her, their mother gets access to said powers by proxy. She and her four similarly powered-up friends (who were also pregnant, btw) go on to save the world from evil repeatedly... or would have, had the strip not ended after just two issues.
* All of the female leads in ''[[http://www.olympic-dames.com Olympic Dames]]'' gain abilities due to their pregnancy, but Kasumi and Catherin in particular seem to revel in their new found powers.
* In the [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary blog]] to ''KevinAndKell'', Lindesfarne notes that female bear hunting athletes actually ''try'' to become pregnant, since motherhood and impending motherhood makes them more aggressive (to the point that fertility drugs are classified as a performance-enhancing drug in their case).
* Oiloss'lin Xyrrai'zestu Sharen, a cameo character from ''{{Drowtales}}'', is three months pregnant according to [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5063 the concept art.]] When she shows up in the story she has a BigDamnHeroes moment and saves her daughter from being captured.
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* ''The Penny Dreadfuls Presents The Brothers Faversham'' takes this to parody levels with the titular brothers' mother [[LadyOfAdventure Lady Alexandra Faversham]] ("TheBritishEmpire's greatest, sexiest and most pregnant spy"). As each episode is a mini-{{biopic}} of successive members of the BadassFamily, each one begins with [[AHeroIsBorn the dramatic circumstances of their birth]], usually while Lady Alexandra is right in the middle of one of her adventures, and often mid-battle (in one case actually using her newborn son to give her the numerical advantage in a fight).
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* [[DarkActionGirl Fox Xanatos]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' -- Granted, it's before she's far enough along to be impeded, but she still announces her pregnancy to her father while dangling from the rope ladder of a helicopter, after having nearly staged a hostile takeover of his company (ForTheEvulz, of course). Given that he's [[HandicappedBadass pretty badass from his wheelchair]], [[ItRunsInTheFamily this may be genetic]]. She was also having a karate match with her husband right before she got the doctor's call. FridgeLogic leads one to assume PapaWolf David made her give those up, however. Mere hours after giving birth, she shoots a PhysicalGod with a laser gun. There is a reason she is Badass, people.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In the beginning of "Petarded", Bonnie jumps while shooting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', it is not outright stated but heavily suggested that [[spoiler:Evangelyne]] is one at the end of Season 2.
* [[spoiler:Lady Rainicorn]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', as revealed in the episode "Lady and Peebles".
* [[spoiler: Lana]] as of the season four finale of {{Archer}}. It gets more extreme the following season when [[spoiler: Isis is shut down by the government for performing unauthorized espionage and the cast forms a drug cartel.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is the primary basis behind the evolution of live birth in orders of animals not limited to mammals (some sharks, snakes, frogs, and other oviparous animals have evolved pregnancy and live birth). Eggs can only defend themselves passively and either have to be guarded (like what alligators and birds do) or hidden and left to their chances (like what sea turtles do). If an egg is an embryo guarded by a wall, then pregnancy is an embryo inside of a tank.
* Freydís Eiríksdóttir, daughter of Erik the Red, was mentioned in two Norse epics involving early exploration of the Americas. She battled several Native Americans while pregnant and bare-chested, when the male warriors were running away.
* Mary Ann Patten, portrayed in ''Literature/TheCaptainsWife''. She was the wife of the captain of the clipper ship ''Neptune's Car''. She had also studied navigation as (so she thought) a way to pass the time. When her husband was seriously ill (perhaps with meningitis), she took over the ship and sailed it round Cape Horn, while at the same time being TheCaretaker to her husband. All the time being pregnant. She was one Pregnant Badass.
* A legend knows to tell that the two infamous lady pirates, AnneBonny and Mary Read, of Captain "Calico Jack" Rackham's crew upon the capture of their ship were the only ones willing and able to defend the ship -- since everyone else apparently was drunk as skunks. Bonney and Read, on the other hand? Both claimed pregnancy at trial, which called for evaluation by midwives. They managed to escape execution because they were pregnant (and the unborn baby hadn't committed any crimes).
* According to another legend, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_o%27malley Gráinne Ní Mháille]] (more commonly known as Grace O'Malley) actually ''gave birth'' in the middle of a sea battle.
* Patti Graham, who married [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Lee_Graham Robin Graham]] along his voyage around the world and returned from the voyage pregnant.
* In his autobiographical book ''Literature/AllSouls'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Patrick_MacDonald Michael MacDonald]] tells a story of his mother (who was eight months pregnant) [[MamaBear beating up a drunk neighbor who was harassing their family.]]
* Empress MariaTheresa of Austria had ''sixteen'' children. She did this while administrating an empire and waging continent-wide wars. While in labour with MarieAntoinette, she was ''reading and signing documents'', pausing only to bring the archduchess into the world. After which she immediately resumed the paper signing. During another one of her labors, she called for a dentist--to remove a bad tooth, figuring that the pain of childbirth would overwhelm the pain of the extraction. At the outbreak of the WarOfTheAustrianSuccession, she rallied the initially hostile Hungarian nobility with a speech to the Diet, delivered while cradling her newborn son--prompting a famous and resounding cry, ''Moriamur pro nostro Rege, Maria Teresa!'' ("Let us die for our [[SheIsTheKing King]], Maria Theresa!"). This woman ''breathed'' {{Badass}}.
* Maria Theresa's ancestor, Isabella I of Castile, commanded the combined troops of Castile and Aragon in battle during the Reconquista ''while pregnant''. Her husband Ferdinand? Content to spend his time far away with his mistresses and then show up in the last phase of the battle to take the credit.
* According to ''Women Warriors: A History'' by David E. Jones, "Phung Thi Chinh went into battle pregnant, gave birth on the battlefield, strapped the baby to her back, and fought her way back to safety." (She was one of 36 female generals chosen and trained by female revolutionary leaders fighting against the Chinese governance of Vietnam in AD 40.)
* [[DoomedMoralVictor John Lilburne]] was a free-speech activist in England before and during the Civil War between the King and Parliament. He endured [[KangarooCourt kangaroo courts]], cruel punishments, and long prison sentences for his cause. But more relevant to this page is his wife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Lilburne Elizabeth]]. During the EnglishCivilWar, [[DistressedDude John was captured by the King's forces]] and held at Oxford Castle pending a [[HangingJudge trial for treason]]. Elizabeth went to Parliament and talked them into proclaiming that, if John and two other prisoners were convicted, [[GreyAndGrayMorality Parliament would retaliate against the judge and court officials]]. With two days left until the trial, she carried a copy of the proclamation over fifty miles, across enemy lines, [[AllUpToYou alone]], overnight, on a galloping horse, in the dead of winter, ''while pregnant'', and [[JustInTime arrived in the nick of time]]. The trial was called off, and John was [[PrisonerExchange swapped for a Royalist prisoner]] five months later.
* The praying mantis takes this trope to levels once thought impossible, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0kGlEVZH6k as demonstrated here.]]
* Caterina Sforza was an Italian Noblewoman in the Italian Renaissance who held the title of Countess of Forli and a reputation for being a badass even from her youth. The death of Pope Sixtus IV launched a firestorm of political battles and multiple sackings of Rome as the surrounding noble families made their bids to fill the void with their own puppet priest. In the face of all this Caterina Sforza took to Rome on horseback with her band of mercenaries to stake her claim in the conflict. She occupied the Castel Sant'Angelo, the Pope's massive fortress and residence, by sword and cannon fire for a three month siege by the opposing militias of various noblemen, after telling them, some of the most powerful men in Italy, to get bent, with Rome burning around her, while seven months pregnant. The only stopping point was when her husband, Girolamo Riario, agreed to surrender the fort to the Cardinal's control, only on the terms that they consolidated their power in Roman politics.
* An American history book had a whole chapter about [[SweetPollyOliver crossdressing girls in the American Revolution]], including an excerpt of a report in which "a soldier was promoted to corporal for repeated displays of courage on the battlefield... since which time the corporal has become mother of a child".
* On ''Series/MythBusters'', Kari handled guns and grenades as usual throughout her pregnancy, along with all the other usual stuff of myth-busting. She was more safety-conscious and cautious about body armor and such while pregnant, and it turns out they actually make bulletproof vests for pregnant women. Who knew?
* [[http://mylifeisaverage.com/story/2867409/ This "My Life Is Average" story]]:
-->''Today, I caught two guys trying to steal stuff out of my yard. Needless to say, by the time I was done with them they had put everything back where they got it, were promising to bring the other stuff back that they had stolen, and were apologizing every five seconds. I am one tough pregnant lady.''
* [[http://moms.today.com/_news/2011/10/10/8256458-woman-gives-birth-7-hours-after-finishing-marathon This woman]], who gave birth 7 hours after finishing a 26.2 mile marathon, which wasn't even the first marathon she ran while pregnant!
* [[http://jezebel.com/5877844/rock+climbing-pregnant-woman-is-extremely-awesome This woman]] is a physical therapist who scaled the steep rocks at Joshua Tree National Park while eight months pregnant.
** To give some perspective on what Pregnant Badasses are up against, the comment thread of the linked article is full of active, athletic women describing the physical agonies pregnancy put them through (loosening of pelvic ligaments is apparently one of the worst).
* Malaysian shooting champion Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18970859 competed at the London 2012]] OlympicGames while eight months pregnant. [[OlderThanTheyThink She is at least the fifth pregnant woman to have competed at the Olympics, but most certainly the farthest along.]] It helps that her sport is not very physically demanding, but she did have to withdraw from one competition since it required lying on her stomach.
** Kristie Moore was five months pregnant when she served as the alternate in the Canadian women's curling team in the 2010 games. The team won silver.
* A relatively recent (As of Sept. 2012) story was of a woman serving in the British military as a bombardier in Afghanistan, all the while pregnant...[[SurprisePregnancy but not knowing of it until she gave birth]]. So she qualifies, even if she didn't realize it.
* Creator/AmyJoJohnson found out she was pregnant before filming the show ''Flashpoint.'' Despite this, she filmed the entire first season while pregnant (which couldn't have been easy; ''Flashpoint'' was a series about a [=SWAT=] Team.) She then went on maternity leave and had her baby between the first and second seasons, and there are very few episodes of season 2 that omit her entirely.
* Queen bees, who are responsible for laying all the hive's eggs and thus constantly pregnant, are the only type of social bees that can sting multiple times, in stark contrast to the defenseless and sessile queens of other hive insects such as ants or termites.
** On the other hand, a queen bee's movements are often tightly controlled by her workers. The workers will defend her with their lives and do all the work for her, but otherwise her authority doesn't look like much.
* Just about any female predator that lives a solitary life (and even some that don't) still needs to hunt while carrying. For example, female lions hunt while pregnant, and have evolved measures to make sure the foetus survives the term in the form of a network of suspending muscles around their uterus.
* Professional wrestler "Sweet Saraya" Knight, known best in the United States as part of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, unknowingly wrestled for six-and-a-half months with daughter Britani (now Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s "Paige") in the womb.

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