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Hide Your Pregnancy

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"Captain, lieutenant, can you please help Natalie with her little habit of moving behind chest-concealing objects every time I turn to talk to her directly?"

When an actress gets pregnant, this not-usually-planned-for event is usually written into the show as the character getting pregnant. However, sometimes, the writers decide not to include the pregnancy, perhaps because there's just no way in hell it can be written in convincingly, it doesn't fit with the storyline, or perhaps it's just that Status Quo Is God. In this case, the camera crews commonly resort to various tricks, all of which are almost always ineffective, to avoid the actress' bump being noticed, such as:
  • The actress suddenly wears lots of loose, baggy clothing and heavy overcoats to conceal the hump. This can be very conspicuous if the character normally wears form-fitting clothing, as if she just woke up one day and decided to dress like a Jedi.
  • The use of Scenery Censors: for example, she carries lots of paper bags in front of her belly, or stands (as pictured above) behind chairs, countertops, or other objects that block the view of her below her midsection.
  • She sits down a lot; in the late stages of pregnancy, this often entails some sort of blanket over herself to hide the bump. Such "supine shots" are filmed for prolonged periods, with no direct views of her ever actively getting up or sitting down.
  • The cameramen just make sure to never get shots below their upper chest.
  • The camera shoots her from far away if they need full body shots.
  • She suddenly wears black. Lots and lots of black... without any evidence of a funeral or a Matrix in sight. Black helps hide the shadow that the actress' suddenly much larger stomach casts, as well as its shape.
  • The excessive use of body-doubles for all-revealing body shots with the face conspicuously obscured – after which the camera will flash conveniently back to the actress with her face showing and body obscured. (Naturally, this sad trick only makes the attempt at deception more obvious).
  • Worst of all is the attempt of wearing high heels etc. to make her look more height–weight proportionate; this succeeds only in making her appear even more like "the Elephant in the Room" by towering over all else around her with her increased size. Even worse, when she walks, she typically becomes a lumbering hulk, lurching and teetering around on the heels like Frankenstein's Monster due to her increased height and decreased balance.

Alternatively, the character might just be written to put on a lot of weight, due to a sudden "eating binge" or whatever (see "Frasier" below). Note that this trope does not include cases where the actress' pregnancy is written into the show – that's Written-In Infirmity. Nor should it be confused with a character hiding her pregnancy in-story, which is My Secret Pregnancy.


Examples:

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    Film 
  • In World War II film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, this is discussed In-Universe. Ellen hasn't seen her husband Tom for months, because he left for the April 1942 Doolittle Raid against Japan, after which he crash-landed in China and was stuck there for a while. But he knocked her up before he left, so Ellen's nervous about Tom seeing her fat with a baby and asks her mother if holding a coat in her arms hides the baby bump. What makes this poignant is that Ellen already knows that Tom has had a leg amputated due to injuries suffered in the crash.
  • The Big Steal took extra long to film because Robert Mitchum had a stint in jail for marijuana possession in the middle of production. His pregnant co-star, Jane Greer, is visibly thicker in the waist in the last scenes shot while Mitchum himself is thinner due to life on a prison farm.
  • In the original British version of Death at a Funeral, Keeley Hawes underwent various stages of pregnancy throughout filming. The last scene in the film with her has her sit down on a sofa where her in-film (and real-life) husband is lying down, whereupon he quickly hides her belly by putting his legs across her lap.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena Bonham-Carter filmed her earliest scene as Bellatrix Lestrange while pregnant, where her bump was very poorly hidden by a huge leather belt. It was so blatant that after watching the movie, you probably left the theater asking yourself, "Does Voldemort really have mad game with the bitches?"
  • Bonham-Carter was also pregnant during the filming of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, resulting in magical size-changing breasts over the course of the movie.
  • In the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, Susannah Harker (who played Jane Bingley) was pregnant with her first child during filming. However, the cut of the dresses and the period fashions made this much easier to obscure than in many other productions, not to mention the fact that a good portions of the scenes she's in involve her sitting down anyway.
  • Veronica Lake was pregnant at the start of the filming of Sullivan's Travels, but her character wasn't. Fortunately, as she was playing a hobo, she could convincingly wear loose, baggy clothes. The rest of the time, the greatest costume designer in Hollywood was hard at work making her look completely innocuous.
  • The Swinging Cheerleaders, a '70s exploitation comedy, averted this. Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith neglected to tell anybody involved with the production that she was five months pregnant. Never mind that her part called for several topless scenes, and that her character was a virgin.
  • Penélope Cruz became pregnant during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, so her younger sister (also an actress), who appeared similar from some distance, acted as her stand-in during some of the more action-heavy scenes.
  • Averted in Fido. Carrie-Anne Moss's real life pregnancy was written into the film, where her character mentions being pregnant, and the husband commenting that he can't afford to pay for another funeral.
  • In Legally Blonde 2, they filmed an introductory scene some time after the main shooting was completed. At that point Reese Witherspoon was obviously pregnant, so the scene consists of women sitting and talking, shot only from the chest up. It's pretty awkward and obvious.
  • About midway through the film production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, Madonna discovered that she was pregnant with her first child. The film directors went to great lengths to cover up the possibility of "Eva Peron" getting pregnant, even if it meant removing some scenes of her being carried out of the church for fear she might slip.
  • In the François Truffaut movie about a movie, Day for Night, they are filming a scene where the woman who is the secretary of one of the main characters, gets out of a pool to take a letter for him. Then they discover she's just barely pregnant, and by the time she comes back in six weeks for the main part of her scenes, she will be obviously several months pregnant. They have to figure out a way to cover the issue, but they can't simply have her seen as pregnant as it will complicate the story, the audience will think her boss knocked her up.
  • Shirley Jones (Marian) was pregnant during production of The Music Man and, it being the 1960's and she was unmarried, wanted to keep it a secret. So she worked with a very tight group of costumers to keep it hidden even from the rest of the production. By the end it had become an open secret, she even recalled after a kissing scene with Robert Preston (Harold Hill) he was very perplexed at the baby bump. In an interview, it is pointed out that if you look very closely during certain scenes, you can see the bump.
  • Halle Berry's role as Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past had to be massively trimmed following an unexpected pregnancy. Though they were able to finish shooting while Berry could still fit her costume (though only by a week or so), all of Storm's flight and hand-to-hand combat scenes had to be cut from the script. This is why her sole contribution to the final battle mostly consists of floating around and shooting lightning bolts before getting impaled by a Sentinel.
  • Scarlett Johansson's baby bump was edited out in post-production for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Like the X-Men example above, the crew tried to shoot most of Natasha Romanoff's scenes early on to avoid having to use a Fake Shemp. Ironically, Natasha mentions in one scene that she's sterile, i.e. incapable of having children, while wearing a voluminous bathrobe and holding a towel over her stomach to conceal Johansson's baby bump. You can still see some obvious signs of it, however: in the party scene she talks to Banner from behind the bar to allow it to conceal her torso, she's sitting at laptops in scenes where other characters are standing, and she gets kidnapped by Ultron halfway through, allowing her to spend a good amount of the film sitting down in her cell. Some of the above examples can be found here, an amusing list of suggestions for the crew on how to handle it.
  • Emily Blunt was around 4-6 months pregnant throughout the shoot for Into the Woods, so there were many scenes of her lower section being hidden. Amazingly, Blunt's face doesn't look as full as most pregnant women's faces are, so it was hard to tell if she was at all.
  • Emily Blunt was also pregnant for re-shoots on Edge of Tomorrow. She wasn't far along so they didn't have to do much to hide it, but she couldn't do as many stunts or wear the heavy armour for too long.
  • Aversion for the sequel to Now You See Me: due to Isla Fisher's pregnancy, Henley Reeves will not show up in Now You See Me: The Second Act and her part as the Fourth Horseman will be replaced with a new character played by Lizzy Caplan.
  • When Code Unknown was shot in August 1999, Juliette Binoche was pregnant. To disguise her condition she wore loose "unkept" clothes.
  • Kristen Bell gave birth to her first child about six weeks before filming started on the concluding movie for Veronica Mars, and she's still visibly not back to her usual extremely slender body type. Since the movie is set nine years after the end of the show, the unspoken consensus seems (pleasingly) to be that, hey, some people aren't as skinny in their late twenties as they were in their late teens, and since she still looks gorgeous that's all her various admirers care about. It does get a brief moment of Lampshade Hanging, though, when Dick's reaction to seeing Veronica for the first time in nearly a decade is to question whether she's had a boob job.
    • This trope was also sort-of in effect when Bell and most of the other cast members made a five-minute video promoting the movie and asking for funding via Kickstarter, which took place seven or eight months into her pregnancy. Since it's kind of a meta comedy where the actors are half-in character and half playing fictionalised versions of themselves, the fact that Bell's pregnancy was hidden very well by a thick bathrobe may have been deliberate (because she was sort-of in character as Veronica, who wasn't meant to be pregnant) or may even have been unintentional.
  • Kate Winslet was five months pregnant while shooting Divergent, so she was mostly only shot from the waist up. In wider shots, she's usually carrying a folder or iPad in front of her bump.
  • Linda Darnell was pregnant while playing The Immaculate Conception in The Song of Bernadette. This resulted in the apparition in the movie being dressed far differently than described by the real Bernadette.

    Literature 
  • In But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, Lorelei abandons her movie career at expectant motherhood, alluding to the example of a movie actress who was discovered to be pregnant halfway through filming, which got to the point where her scenes had to be filmed "showing nothing but her head sticking up over the top of a bush or looking out of a window."
  • A rare in-universe example is featured in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. One of the "rules" that Oskar's grandparents made was to never have children, but his grandmother felt she was losing him, so she made a pregnancy happen anyway and hid it with baggy clothing and pillows. Still didn't stop him from leaving.
  • Rebekah in the book Angel Seekers of the Samaria series until she was forced to try on her wedding dress.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The writers of All My Children decided not to write in Sydney Penny's pregnancy, instead using only tight shots of Penny's face. This resulted in a very funny moment for her and Justin Bruening, when their two characters were arguing over whether to have a baby, while Penny was 8-1/2 months pregnant.
  • Played with in Angel. Charisma Carpenter's pregnancy was (poorly) hidden, but her character's secret pregnancy became a plot twist. One she eventually revealed to the other characters by wearing an Obviously Evil black evening gown. Likewise after her character gave birth (but the actress herself had not) she was unconscious and only shown from the chest up.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor) in Beverly Hills 90210.
  • Tamsin Greig in Black Books, who is hidden not just by the normal techniques, including lots of long scarves, but also because it looks like she's constantly smoking and drinking though the entire series.
  • Holly Marie Combs in Charmed. The most blatant effort to hide her belly was the "headless horseman" episode. They wrote her first one in, requiring a sudden mid-season Time Skip to explain why she was already showing the episode after the baby's conception. There are also rumors that Chris wasn't originally going to be her and Leo's Kid from the Future at all (and might have been intended to be Phoebe's) before real life decided to rewrite the plot. For her second pregnancy in Season 8, she just wore a lot of black and loose clothes.
  • During the third season of Cheers, both Rhea Perlman (Carla) and Shelley Long (Diane) became pregnant; Perlman's pregnancy was written into the script (as the result of a fling with Frasier's mentor, Dr. Bennett Ludlow), whereas Long was mostly shot from the neck up or behind the bar.
  • An actress on Coronation Street playing a post-op transgender woman become pregnant; it started with the character sitting down a lot, and later she went on holiday to keep things from getting too obvious.
  • When Phylicia Rashad of The Cosby Show got pregnant, she had to stand/sit with various household objects in front of her belly. One scene had her sitting down behind a gigantic teddy bear, strange as that may sound. Some episodes excluded Clair entirely, but she was mentioned to be working late or out of town. They also cut a hole out in Cliff/Clair's bed so that when they were in it, Rashad's stomach wasn't elevated.
    • This led to a hilarious behind the scenes extra in which Bill Cosby himself said that if Phylicia Rashad's belly got any bigger, they would have to park the Huxtable's car in the living room just so they could hide her stomach behind it.
  • When AJ Cook got pregnant toward the end of the third season of Criminal Minds, a very token effort was made to do this - interestingly, though, it wasn't to pretend that Cook/JJ wasn't pregnant at all, but just to vaguely cover the fact that due to Real Life Writes the Plot factors in other areas, JJ's pregnancy was supposed to start a bit later than AJ's ended up happening.
  • When CSI: NY actress Anna Belknap, who plays Lindsay Monroe, became pregnant, they used the close-up method with varying success. The second time they just wrote it into the storyline, thankfully, which was more easily done that time as her character had become romantically involved with one of the other characters, justifying a pregnancy.
  • Dallas Victoria Principal was only shown either conspicuously absent, or sitting down with a table conveniently in front of her for much of the season, while she was filmed from the chest up.
  • Desperate Housewives got very creative with this, using everything from giant gingerbread castles to Mrs. McClusky's head to hide Marcia Cross's pregnancy. But when the plot really could not get away with this, they just called in a stunt double. One episode required Bree to climb a ladder, hiding the other actress's face. And when Marcia Cross returned (Bree and her family were written off the show for a few months to accommodate her maternity leave) they wrote Bree as faking a pregnancy!
  • This is why Zoe, in the Doctor Who 20th anniversary special "The Five Doctors", specifically a vision of her that's tricking the Doctor, is wearing a layer of bubblewrap over her clothes.
  • Near the middle of Season 5 of The Drew Carey Show, Christa Miller suddenly started sitting/lying down a lot while covered up, or wearing baggy and/or black clothing that she never wore previously. Her pregnancy couldn't be written into the script because her character was just starting her romance with Drew. However, she did show up pregnant as a "gag" in Episode 19, "What's Wrong with this Episode III" since the character wasn't supposed to be pregnant. (Ryan Stiles also showed up pregnant as "Lewis—" except that Christa Miller's wasn't simply a basketball under her shirt, as her widened overall girth showed even from behind).
  • Patricia Heaton spent some seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond very visibly pregnant when Debra certainly wouldn't be; they mostly went the baggy clothes route, which was...somewhat weird when the focus of the episode was Raymond moping about how he's not attractive enough for Debra, considering she looks like she's smuggling a basketball under a very loose shirt.
  • Jane Leeves got pregnant late in Frasier's run, and it was written as Daphne becoming fat due to compulsive eating, complete with a Fat Suit; and she left the series for Jane Leeves to have the baby, by having Daphne going away to a spa in order to lose the weight. (With the in-joke that Niles went to see her there, and she had "just lost 9 pounds, 12 ounces".) In the final season, Leeves' second pregnancy was merely incorporated into the storyline.
  • Friends: Courteney Cox's pregnancy in the last few episodes, Monica's sterility being an important plot thread at that point.
    • Helen Baxendale's pregnancy, along with her country of residence being England, meant that Emily was written out earlier than the writers had originally intended and mostly appeared in voiceover and under bedsheets.
  • General Hospital used this where actress Jacklyn Zeman got pregnant. It couldn't be written in because her character Bobbie had had a hysterectomy.
  • Kelly Rutherford was pregnant during the second season of Gossip Girl. At first they succeeded pretty well in hiding it, but towards the end they got really sloppy.
  • Chyler Leigh's pregnancy in season five of Grey's Anatomy was hidden in the classic manner. There was also one episode having her constantly eating because Mark and Derek were fighting. Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy during season six was hidden by having her character donate part of her liver to her father. Jessica Capshaw's pregnancy during season seven will also be hidden, while Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw's third pregnancy aren't being written in during season eight.
  • This was elevated into an art form in How I Met Your Mother, as both Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders became pregnant at various points throughout the show. This resulted in many scenes of sitting down, baggy clothing, strategic covering of the stomach area (including Lily suddenly incorporating guitar-playing into her teaching methods), sudden speed-eating talents (with the gag being the reveal of a Balloon Belly after stuffing her face) and- in the most blatant but amusing example- Lily inexplicably disappearing for four weeks after Barney told her an incredibly dirty joke. There were some epic fails in hiding Smulders' belly in several episodes of the fourth season, notably Mosbius Designs and The 3 Day Rule. Baggy shirts only hid so much. However, when Alyson got pregnant again in season seven, her character was already pregnant, so there was no need to hide it. Lily actually gave birth in the second-to-last episode of the season, while Alyson still hadn't. The season finale she went back to carrying a (rather large) diaper bag in front of her. It could be explained in-show as post-baby weight.
  • Barbara Eden wore copious veils in the earliest episodes of I Dream of Jeannie to conceal her baby bump, and the results were very effective.
  • Lucille Ball was six months pregnant with Lucie Arnaz when she shot the pilot for I Love Lucy , resulting in vastly oversized costumes. As the pilot was not created for television broadcast, the issue hardly mattered.
    • Averted with her second pregnancy: the Moral Guardians wanted her to do this, as pregnancy was a taboo subject in media at the time, but she refused, and the episode where Lucy gives birth wound up setting a new Nielson record. Since the word 'pregnant' could not be used on TV, the show coined (or at least popularized) the term 'expecting'.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia averted this when Kaitlin Olsen became pregnant. It was written into the series with an entire episode devoted to the Gang trying to find out the identity of the father, they never find out but Dee knows and she's not telling. Turns out she was carrying the baby for a post-op transgender woman.
    • However; zig-zagged because a couple of episodes had used the classic tricks of shooting her at an angle, putting something in front of her, or only having her visible from the chest up in certain shots. You can especially see this in the swimming pool episode.
  • When JAG actress Catherine Bell became pregnant in season 8, her character Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie was in-universe temporarily assigned to the Navy-Marine Corps Judiciary, which to allow her to sit behind a big bench. (Navy-Marine Corps judges don't wear robes.)
  • Kate and Allie put Kate in a hospital bed with a foot injury. A later episode was told largely in flashback, during the time when Kate was pregnant with her daughter Emma.
  • By Season 8 of The King of Queens, Leah Remini, whose extremely-slim figure was shown center-screen as a ratings-device for most of the series, had ballooned up to almost twice her original weight due to her season 6 pregnancy (shortsightedly, this was written out of the script by the Hollywood sitcom-wizards who gave Carrie a miscarriage before she even started gaining weight and resorted to the standard tricks throughout the sixth season). Even more absurdly, her blimping-out is never noticed or mentioned by anyone in the series, despite that 1) the original script made an entire episode-joke about how she had a family history of women gaining a lot of weight after age 30, and 2) the entire series was more or less a non-stop "running fat-joke" about Kevin James's weight-condition.
  • Kathryn Erbe got a variation of this in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Much like the example below with Nana Visitor in Star Trek (which predated the Criminal Intent example by several years), Erbe's character served as a surrogate mother for her sister, since the character was not involved with anyone on the show.
  • When Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit got pregnant, Olivia Benson held large folders in front of her, wore thick, heavy winter coats, and eventually temporarily left town on an undercover assignment for the FBI. At one point she held a coat in front of her while wearing a thick jacket. The overcoat in question wouldn't have been able to fit over the jacket she was wearing.
  • The Lawrence Welk Show did this whenever a member of the cast became pregnant, which was quite often.
  • When Gina Bellman of Leverage was pregnant, Sophie's stomach was hidden (in the same episode!) by being in a coffin, oh, and HOLDING A BOMB TO HER STOMACH. At the end of the episode, she goes on a journey to "find herself"; the next episode, she's only present in phone calls from the main team, usually shot from the chest up behind a bar or in the back seat of a cab.
  • In the second season of Life, Sarah Shahi's pregnancy was utilized very well to further the story arc: Dani Reese goes off to interview for a job in the FBI, only to be used as a pawn by people in the conspiracy. This allows for the occasional chest-up shot of her while the rest of the cast is solving the mystery of the week.
  • Katey Segal became pregnant twice during the run of Married... with Children, the first time in season 6, Peg actually was pregnant, it stayed for half a season, then it was retconned into a dream after she miscarried in real life, later on in season 9 or 10 during her second pregnancy her stomach was either obscured by an object or not always shown on screen.
  • Monk ran into this trope when Traylor Howard (Natalie Teeger) was pregnant with her first child Sabu prior to the filming of season 5. According to this article, Traylor confessed to her pregnancy in the spring, prior to the start of season 5 production.
    1. At first, the trope was averted. As the article reads, for the ten episodes filmed for the first part of season 5, from "Mr. Monk and the Actor" through "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," plus the Christmas special "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad," and "Mr. Monk is on the Air," Traylor's pregnancy was only just starting to show, as she was in her first trimester. It does appear in these first episodes that she is slightly thicker below the waist than normal.
    2. When Traylor and the cast returned in August 2006 to begin shooting the remaining six episodes at the end of the season, from "Mr. Monk and the Leper" to "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital" (excluding "Mr. Monk Is On the Air"), the trope was played straight. Hence, the need for the usual bag of camera tricks: she was usually filmed chest up in the usual way, lower section hidden by objects, heavy trenchcoats, bags in front of her. An example is the newspaper article's photo, which is from "Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy" and shows Monk, Natalie and Captain Stottlemeyer looking at Jean Garnett's body in the morgue. Natalie's lower half is concealed by the body and the table.
      1. "Mr. Monk is On the Air" aired as part of the second half of season 5, but it does not get played straight there because it was actually supposed to air as part of the first half of the season, produced before Traylor's pregnancy showed (This deduced from A) Natalie's outfits, B) Natalie is driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee like she drives in the first eight episodes, when the previous three episodes aired prior to "Mr. Monk is on the Air" had her driving a new Buick Lucerne, and C) when Monk and Natalie first go to Max Hudson's house, they look a calendar flipped to July 2006, which sets the episode in late August of that year, while "Mr. Monk is At Your Service", the previous episode, is set in Spring 2007).
    • Traylor's pregnancy actually may have influenced the writing in the episodes of season 5B somewhat, as shown by three different episodes:
      • In "Mr. Monk Is At Your Service," Natalie is uncomfortable being around old, obsessive boyfriend Paul Buchanan (played by Sean Astin of all people!) who stalked her in high school. To ward off his advances, she stuffs a pillow under her shirt so he'll think she's pregnant. Subsequently, all shots with Traylor were done without any editing tricks during her scenes in the second half of the episode. She still wore loose-fitting clothes, and it allowed Natalie to be taken into the woods could be shot without creative camera positioning. In other scenes, it's played straight as you see Natalie using such objects as the door to her car or Captain Stottlemeyer's desk to conceal the baby bump.
      • "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm," the episode where Randy suspects foul play in his uncle Harvey Disher's death and invites Monk up to investigate, may have been influenced in this way. Due to the number of outdoor scenes, it would be hard to find something convincing to obscure Traylor's chest during these scenes that wouldn't look painfully obvious. So instead, Natalie stays home to tend to Julie, only getting one scene (where Monk is getting the call from Randy), and Monk travels to the farm by himself. It's entirely possible that had Traylor not been pregnant, Natalie would have accompanied Monk to the farm.
      • "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital" also may have been influenced, as they have Natalie go out on a date while Monk's in the hospital first being treated for a nosebleed and then investigating Dr. Graydon Whitcomb's murder. The only scenes she has are: dropping Monk off at the hospital, feeling guilty about dumping Monk (a full 20 minutes after her previous scene), ditching her date, and returning in the nick of time to foil Dr. Davis Scott's attempt to have Monk die via an "accidental" IV administration of a drug he's toxic to. This results in Stottlemeyer and Disher doing the lifting that Natalie would have done if Traylor hadn't been pregnant.
  • Completely averted with Kari Byron of the MythBusters team, with the show being a non-fiction science series and all. Because of her pregnancy, she couldn't participate in the hangover myth. Didn't stop her from enjoying Grant and Tory's discomfiture and their Hangover Sensitivity way too much, though. She also exercised extra precautions when doing gun myths and even wore a bulletproof vest designed for pregnant women.
    Kari: Protecting for two, you see.
  • Parodied on 30 Rock. In-universe, Avery is trying to hide her pregnancy from her superiors. Cue her carrying around ridiculously oversized objects, and coaxing a friend into making "wizard robes" fashionable.
    • This may have been lampshade hanging for Tina Fey's own pregnancy which was becoming visible at that time.
  • The Nanny provided a former page image of Lauren Lane, who played C.C Babcock. (Out of character as she's portrayed as being hopeless at attracting men.) They even did some Lampshade Hanging with this one by having her carry a poster with "Baby" on it in front of her, having Niles make even more insults about her weight and by making references to the Seinfeld example.
    • They also hid both of Rachel Chagall's pregnancies. Her character Val was even more hopeless at attracting men, so they were forced to hide them as well. Hers was especially noticeable in the final season because they were trying to hide her real pregnancy while she was standing beside Fran Drescher in the middle of a fake pregnancy.
  • Newhart had Julia Duffy carry around a pillow for half a season.
  • In NUMB3RS, while Diane Farr was pregnant, FBI Agent Megan Reeves was mostly limited to desk jobs.
  • In the second half of the fourth season of The Office (US), Angela Martin was strictly confined to her workspace behind a chest height wall due to her pregnancy. It was originally intended to include this pregnancy into the show itself, with the child being Dwight's, but the 2007-2008 writer's strike axed that story arc.
    • Averted later on. Both Angela Martin and Jenna Fischer were pregnant at the same time, but their characters were both married so the writers simply incorporated the pregnancies into the plot and created, for Angela, a dramatic story arc that played out for the rest of the show's run.
  • When Amy Poehler became pregnant for the second time during Parks and Recreation, the producers decided to just write and film as many episodes as possible before she had to go on maternity leave, rather than taking a hiatus between the second and third seasons. This resulted in increasing amounts of bump-camouflaging ruffled blouses and creative clipboard and desk placement during the first six episodes of season three. Unfortunately, NBC decided to push back the season première to January of 2011, rather than the expected September of 2010 première date, rendering the creative team's efforts unnecessary.
  • Olivia Colman in Series 4 of Peep Show was carefully filmed to avoid revealing that she was pregnant.
    • Averted, however, in the second series of That Mitchell and Webb Look, filmed around the same time, in which she appears heavily pregnant throughout. Kind of helps that it's a sketch show, however.
  • This happened to Prison Break's only actress at the time, Sarah Wayne Callies. Since most of the pregnancy coincided with the production hiatus between seasons 2 and 3, pregnancy hiding was only needed at the end of season 2, hence her not going to Panama and instead sitting behind a big desk in a courtroom for the last few episodes. The birth and first few weeks of motherhood coincided with the first six or so episodes of season 3, so the plot was broken with Callies' character being MIA for that time, but some Executive Meddling ended up with her character being killed off instead. But she got better in time for season 4.
  • A curious aversion in Property Ladder; In the British version Sarah Beeny practically became a walking continuity error due to her pregnancy. Since the nature of the show involves following the progress people are making in renovating homes over an extended period of time, the inserted segments involving Beeny would frequently shift between not-pregnant and heavily pregnant over several episodes (or, in certain extreme cases, the same episode) depending on when they were filmed, with little apparent attempt on the part of the producers to hide or cover this up. Then again, it's real life and as noted occurs over an extended period of time, so they probably weren't that bothered about it.
  • In Rizzoli & Isles, Sasha Alexander's second pregnancy wasn't written in. The character wore very tight clothing, so it was obvious to the viewers she was pregnant towards the end of the first season.
  • Roseanne tried so hard to do this with Laurie Metcalf's pregnancy. They started with loose clothing that got larger and larger and then resorted to putting things in front of her, the most outlandish moment being when Jackie sits in the bathtub with a heavy quilt over her as she, Dan, and Roseanne spend the episode getting high on twenty-year-old pot. However, Metcalf ended up with one of the biggest baby bumps ever and they were forced to write in a one night stand conception so they didn't have to remove her from the rest of the season. This paid off; Metcalf won an Emmy for acting out her pregnancy that season.
  • Billie Piper was pregnant during the filming of the second series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Obviously a pregnancy couldn't be written in, so a body double was used for nude scenes and Belle began wearing baggy, unflattering dresses. It becomes quite intrusive when you know about it, as sex scenes involve tight close-ups on her face, then shots of her body from the shoulders down.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus became pregnant twice during the course of the run of Seinfeld. The first time happened during the hiatus between seasons 3 and 4, so it wasn't as big a problem; the actress was absent from the first two shows of season 4 and made very brief appearances in the next two (Elaine was said to be vacationing in Europe with her shrink), then was back to work full-time by show 5. The second pregnancy, however, occurred during the middle of season 8. The producers resorted to the full bag of tricks to mask it, including baggy clothing, shooting her from behind counters, and having Elaine hold bags or pillows - and one time, Mickey (a Little Person friend of Kramer's) - in front of herself a lot. Because Elaine usually wore conservative clothing to start with, hiding it was not difficult.
  • In Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker was pregnant several times in mid-season, which the producers tried to cover up using body-doubles, and otherwise using suddenly baggy clothes and avoidance-shots of her normally lean body.
  • In the series finale of Six Feet Under, Brenda has just given birth to Willa, but Rachel Griffiths was still pregnant. She carried a very large purse and wore baggy clothes.
  • Jessica Hynes in Series 1 of Spaced. Daisy Steiner's tomboyish outfits helped to conceal her pregnancy, along with cruel comments from Daisy's "friend" Twist. Series 2 explains her suddenly slighter frame and fondness for less clothing in general with the elegant solution of having her spending a few months between series backpacking around Asia.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Sam Carter began Season 9 on R&D secondment to Area 51. She communicated with the SGC via video conferencing which hid Amanda Tapping's pregnancy.
    • Vala disappeared later in Season 9, trapped in the Ori's home galaxy to hide Claudia Black's pregnancy until Vala returned, carrying a Dark Messiah.
    • When Lexa Doig became pregnant, minor character Dr. Lam disappeared from the show without reference (and was the second Stargate actress Michael Shanks got pregnant, although the first (Vaitiare Bandera, who played Sha're) was a Written-In Infirmity.
    • Continuum had to hide Claudia Black's second pregnancy with oversized camo jackets, huge guns and artful camera angles.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Season 4 episodes were filmed out of order, making it difficult to hide Rachel Luttrell's pregnancy. It was eventually written into the show as My Secret Pregnancy.
  • In Sanctuary, they did a pretty good job of hiding Pascale Hutton's (Abby) pregnancy as she was six months pregnant during the early days of the character's relationship with Will. Subverted later in the season when they did an All Just a Dream episode that included a pregnant Abby (married to Will).
  • When Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) got pregnant in real life during Star Trek: The Next Generation, her character had to go through this, with lots of close-ups or sitting down shots. It also helps that the character's uniform had always included a voluminous lab coat, so it was only noticeable if you were really looking.
    • McFadden learned she was pregnant shortly after filming one of Crusher's best episodes, "Remember Me," and doing her own (strenuous) stunts.
    • To complicate matters further, one of the most intensively Crusher-centered episodes of the series, "The Host", was made while her pregnancy was quite advanced. While it may seem relatively simple, since this episode involves a romance with a lot of on-screen physical contact, it's actually quite challenging to do while not showing her pregnancy. The writer, interviewed later, said it made the episode even better, saying that there is a "glow" to women in love and certainly a "glow" on pregnant women.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine figured out a...let's say creative way of avoiding this trope with Nana Visitor's pregnancy by turning Major Kira into an emergency surrogate mother for the O'Briens (Amusingly, the father of Visitor's child was costar Alexander Siddig, who played Dr. Bashir).
  • Likewise, Roxanne Dawson (Lt. Torres) of Star Trek: Voyager. The writers considered writing her pregnancy into the plot, but decided against it, resulting in a long period in which her character was never shown from the chest down and wearing a smock holding engineering tools (except for a two-part episode set in the holodeck where the character was forced by aliens who had taken over the ship into portraying a pregnant woman). Amusingly enough, her character later became pregnant. Also due to her pregnancy there was only one Torres-focused episode in the whole season.
    • Once the mind control devices were deactivated, but before the holodeck effects were overridden, there's an amusing bit where both Tom Paris and Torres comment on the intense realism of the 'simulated' pregnancy (including that it kicks).
    • The large coat actually tipped off the savvy viewer that she was pregnant as the coat was modelled after the style of top worn by pregnant women in the US Army. Thus it was pretty obvious when and for how long she was pregnant.
  • Cynthia Watros was pregnant with twins during the second season of Titus, and also happened to have broken her leg. So the writers integrated the broken leg into the narrative (chasing after a burglar and fell hard) and had her in a wheelchair (usually with her purse on her lap) for several episodes.
  • Roma Downey's pregnancy couldn't be written into Touched by an Angel for obvious reasons note , so they went the standard baggy clothes, chest and up shots and lots of hiding behind plants/chairs/Andrew.
  • In Two and a Half Men, one of Charlie's former-girlfriends is shown as supposedly non-pregnant, despite that she's obviously at 8 months, draped utterly non-convincingly in a shawl which conceals nothing— particularly since her remaining clothing is skimpy at best, looking like she's smuggling a beach-ball. Later in the next season, she's shown at a much more modest weight— and as the new mother of a newborn infant which was written into the script, no less (but not because her character was supposed to be pregnant in her last appearance).
  • Ugly Betty's Alexis Meade (played by Rebecca Romijn) was written out for the same reason as the Coronation Street example above.
  • Mary McCormack was pregnant when she was joined the cast of The West Wing. Her pregnancy was not written into that show. But her later pregnancy when she was the lead character of In Plain Sight was written in.
  • In The X-Files, Scully wore a lot of trench-coats and stood behind a lot of desks while Gillian Anderson was pregnant. Then she got abducted by aliens while Gillian Anderson was giving birth (i.e. she was absent from that episode). During this time there were a few shots of her being examined aboard the alien ship, including one where it looked like the aliens were pumping her belly full of air. Scully spent the next episode in a coma; by the next episode she was walking and talking again.
    • Word of God confirms that the Myth Arc was never intended, despite hints of alien conspiracies early in the series. It also confirms that Anderson's pregnancy was what jump-started the whole thing, since they had to explain away her absence as well as give development to then-minor characters like Director Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man, who was literally "an extra leaning on a shelf."
  • Rommie's body being destroyed and the Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Doyle as Badass Robot Girl during season 5 of Andromeda was due to Doig's pregnancy. During her pregnancy, she only appeared in chest up shots or as a disembodied head. Her being rebuilt after the destruction also served to explain the changes to Doig's body which were caused by the pregnancy.
  • Successful example on The Big Comfy Couch. Alyson Court was pregnant during her last season as Loonette, but the big clown costume hid it well.
  • Lynn Redgrave was pregnant during one season of her show House Calls (in the late 70s/early 80s) and costume designers had to come up with costumes that were busy on top and dark on the bottom and they had her hold or stand behind objects that obscure her belly due to the fact her character was single, Redgrave wrote that the writers missed out on being innovative.
  • Merlin did it with Emilia Fox, but not extremely well in the opinion of some fans. To elaborate, the giant grey silk cloak wasn't so bad, and neither was her newfound habit of standing behind various bits of furniture, but one scene has her standing before a kneeling King Uther - and it's his head that's being used to conceal her baby bump. It doesn't work at all.
  • Subverted in the famous Brady episode of Day by Day where Maureen McCormick played her Marcia Brady character while very obviously in late pregnancy and no one mentioned that anything was different.
  • Emily Procter on CSI: Miami.
  • Used on Due South in the third season, with the actress who played Frannie Vecchio.
  • Used for the latter half of season 6 of Bones, but then done away with when it was written into the script for the next season.
  • Old-fangled squeamishness over showing pregnant women on TV almost kept Marianne Faithfull from being featured on the 1965 special The Music of Lennon & McCartney. Paul McCartney insisted she be allowed to perform, so the producers compromised by filming her from the shoulders up when she sang "Yesterday." (She gave birth just nine days later!)
  • The actress who plays Kristen in Wilfred was pretty darn preggers throughout season 1.
  • The Big Bang Theory: While not a pregnancy, many of the same tricks were used when Kaley Cuoco broke her leg in a horse riding mishap. She was always shown standing or sitting in the same place, always above the knee and they used a body double for a scene where she walks past some characters in the background.
    • This was also done when Mayim Bialik injured her hand in a car accident.
  • This is also not a pregnancy, but on The Middle, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is almost never shown walking by himself a certain distance from the camera because Shaffer has Type IV Ostogenesis Imperfecta (aka brittle bone disease), which causes him to have a noticeable limp.
  • January Jones was pregnant for the filming of season 5 of Mad Men and, instead of a pregnancy storyline or the above mentioned deflection tactics, the writers wrote in a fat story line for Betty Draper, complete with fat suit and body doubles.
  • Averted by Wheel of Fortune. There was no feasible way to conceal Vanna White's two pregnancies, especially not with all the walking back and forth she does at the puzzle board. So she just wore maternity outfits throughout.
    • A more unfortunate example of hidden pregnancy came on a 1992 episode (taped on-location in San Francisco) where she announced her very first pregnancy; the first puzzle of the episode was "Vanna's Pregnant", and show creator Merv Griffin came onstage to congratulate her. However, she miscarried between taping and airing, so the round was taken out of the episode and replaced by clips of host Pat Sajak explaining what happened in the round, and announcer Charlie O'Donnell promoting San Francisco.
  • 24: When Mary Lynn Rakskub was pregnant during the second half of the seventh season (after production resumed from the events of the 2007-2008 Writers' Guild Strike), Chloe had to be Out of Focus for the rest of the season, several episodes having her just sitting behind a desk or being completely MIA.
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker's pregnancy came at an extremely bad time for Good Luck Charlie: It came almost immediately after her character gave birth to another little Duncan, meaning there was no chance to do another pregnancy arc. The early episodes after the birth justified it as her still trying to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight.
  • The Mentalist: Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) was visible pregnant from early on in Season 4, and the efforts to hide it were incredibly distracting at times. Notably, during the frequent scenes of the five leads standing around their office talking about a case, Grace was suddenly no longer visible in the group shots and would instead be shown either sitting behind her desk or, most distractingly, unaccountably standing so far away from the rest that she was in a shot by herself and shown from the waist-up instead of pulled back to show her whole frame like the rest of the characters. She was then put Put on a Bus to attend an intensive six-week cyber-crimes training course towards the end of the season while Righetti was on maternity leave. When The Bus Came Back in season 5, she spent an episode in exceptionally baggy clothes and hiding behind her desk - not that this helped conceal the pregnancy weight/water retention in her face, and of course the observant viewer caught several glimpses of her very round belly when she had to stand up and walk (or teeter, given her heels and attempts to not lean back like a pregnant woman balancing that extra weight in front). The very next season, Righetti and Owain Yeoman decided to leave the show, with Grace and Wayne getting married. Seems like a missed opportunity.
  • Glee: After Heather Morris became pregnant, her character Brittany was noticeably absent for a couple of episodes. She came back for the season 4 finale and it is explained that she will no longer be attending McKinley (although she did return in several episodes of the last two seasons, including the Series Finale). Heather has a noticeable baby bump that was clearly trying to be hidden with some looser clothes.
  • Subverted on ER. Although most actresses Real Life pregnancies were written into the show, in at least two cases—Ming Na and Alex Kingston—the pregnancies still had to be concealed for some time, as the actresses in question were much further along than their characters were.
  • Julie Bowen (Claire) was eight months pregnant with twins during the pilot episode of Modern Family, thus she always has a laundry basket, blanket, or pillow in front of her stomach. It's actually pretty effective in a twenty-minute sitcom, since Claire's screen time was less than ten minutes over all, she was only shown outside of her home for one crowd scene, and the gap between the pilot being made and the series being picked up for filming was longer than the remainder of her pregnancy.
    • Averted when Bowen made a guest appearance in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Bully," where editing tricks were not used because the episode was filmed in fall 2008, right at the start of Bowen's pregnancy.
  • Kim Rhodes was pregnant during the last season of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, but it was hidden because it would change the dynamics of the show.
  • On NCIS: Los Angeles, Daniella Ruah (Kensi) was pregnant for the first half of the 5th season. This resulted in Kensi being sent on a long-term covert assignment in Afghanistan, for which all the scenes were shot in advance. In a recent episode, the pregnancy was hidden under a flak jacket that Kensi wore in Afghanistan. She was Put on a Bus just in time, as the baby bump was becoming extremely obvious.
  • Kat Stewart's pregnancy was worked around in Offspring by having her character get stuck in New Zealand due to a volcano-induced ash cloud. Her appearances during those episodes were on the screen of a Skype call. note 
  • Happens in a particular episode of My Name Is Earl. For the most part, they averted this trope when it came to Jamie Pressly's real-world pregnancy; they wrote it in as Joy agreeing to be a surrogate for her half-sister Liberty. But this episode is an exception, because it's a flashback that explains the origin of Earl Jr. So in the scenes that take place before she becomes pregnant with Earl Jr., Joy is wearing long coats, or sitting with Earl on the couch under a blanket, or wearing a baggy shirt.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Averted in the second half of the third season, Ginnifer Goodwin's pregnancy was introduced with her character, Snow White. However the season finale features characters going back in time to when Snow and David first met. It's incredibly obvious when they switch from archive footage to new footage - as Snow White has an obvious double chin. The character conveniently was wearing a black cloak at that point in time - which allows them to use a stunt double with the hood up for action scenes.
    • Played straight and averted in Season 5. Both Ginnifer Goodwin (again) and Emilie de Ravin were pregnant before filming started. De Ravin's was written in with Belle becoming pregnant too - though they had to use thick coats and shooting from the chest up to conceal it, before she put herself under a sleeping curse to allow herself to not feature in too many episodes. They just hid Goodwin's pregnancy with big coats and had her be chosen to go home, allowing them to write her out temporarily.
  • Debra Messing became pregnant during the sixth season of Will and Grace. All the standard tricks were (ineffectually) implemented to conceal her baby bump. Ultimately, Debra had to skip 5 episodes that year, including the season finale, on doctor's orders, resulting in exposition from other characters to explain Grace's conspicuous absence.
  • Subverted, then averted on Nashville for the first several episodes of season three - in the premiere Juliette discovers she's pregnant, as Hayden Panettiere was in real life (Word of God has it the writers always intended for Juliette to be pregnant, which explains her puking fit in the season 2 finale). But because the actress was some months further along than the character, a little creative filming came into play (most notably in a concert scene where Juliette spends a whole song hidden behind dancers). Unusually it's also played straight in-universe, as Juliette is playing Patsy Cline in a movie and the plot calls for a love scene.
    • 100% averted as of "I'm Coming Home To You," following a two-month time jump in the storyline. (Hayden still had to miss filming of several episodes, but because she pre-shot numerous scenes, "That's The Way Love Goes" is the only 100% Panettiere-less episode.)
  • Sally Field became pregnant while filming The Flying Nun, and this trope had to come into play for obvious reasons.
  • No Ordinary Family: Autumn Reeser, who plays Katie, was pregnant while the show was on. This was hidden behind desks, lab coats, etc. until the second to last episode when it was written in.
  • Hart Of Dixie has an interesting example in the final season. Rachel Bilson's pregnancy was written in, however for the first few episodes her character is still in the first trimester, while her actress was much further along. One scene has her holding a large popcorn bucket in front of her belly. It doesn't hide anything.
    • Played straight earlier in the show when Jamie King was pregnant.
  • Melina Kanakaredes became pregnant at some point during Providence. True to form, she was hidden behind coats, head and shoulder shots, and finally her character became very ill and confined to bed.
  • Hawaii Five-0 dealt with Grace Park's pregnancy at the end by filming in Vancouver after she gave birth.
  • Kristen Bell's first pregnancy was dealt with on Hou$e Of Lie$ as you'd expect, including having her bump digitally removed. In a reversal of the situation with Holly Marie Combs on Charmed, when she became pregnant again it was written in, with Jeannie telling Marty she was carrying his child early in season 4.
  • In Breaking Bad, Betsy Brandt was pregnant during production of the second season, so shots with Marie Schrader take the usual bag of tricks, like shooting from the waist up or using scenery example . Funnily enough, when Brandt reached the point in the pregnancy that Marie's sister Skyler is supposed to be at, the producers would do pick-up shots with Brandt as the fake bare belly for Anna Gunn.
  • Unlike with her sister Emily's show, Zooey Deschanel's pregnancy was not written into New Girl - instead Megan Fox (of all people) covers for her in several season five episodes during her maternity leave (Jess is sequestered due to jury duty, and Miss Fox plays as a pharmaceutical sales rep called Reagan who rents out Jess' room while she's gone).
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • Melissa Fumero announced her pregnancy with her first child a few weeks into the airing of Season 3. Since her character, Amy, had entered into a romantic relationship with the main character just a few episodes before, the writers apparently decided that it wasn't a good time to write her pregnancy into the plot. Fortunately, the fact that it's a sitcom allows for a decent amount of Lampshade Hanging (Jake trying to get suggestions for a gift for their six-month anniversary and reacting with disgust to his Charles's suggestion that it's time he "put a baby in her!", for example), and Amy's fairly neutral wardrobe has always consisted of loose blouses and suit jackets anyway, meaning that a lot of the time the actress's baby bump is covered up quite effectively. Impressively it's also yet to impact on her Action Girl status, with her doing some pretty physical perp chases, interpretive dance moves, and briefly fighting Terry in a training session, all of which have been performed without recourse to a Fake Shemp.
    • The writers actually seem to be enjoying coming up with funny reasons for Amy to stay even more fully clothed than usual while hanging the ole' lampshade: for example, in the Season 3 Christmas episode, Amy promises to do a sponsored swim in the river with Holt and Rosa, only to remember that she hates the cold and end up wading out into the water with an ankle-length parka over her swimsuit - the best part being that her decision to do so actually impacts on the plot, and doesn't just come across as a random excuse to cover her up. A later episode drops all pretence by having her go undercover wearing a "fake" pregnancy bump. The situation is even Lampshaded when Amy questions whether her fake stomach (Fumero's real one) will look convincing enough to fool anyone.
  • As wearing a Badass Longcoat isn't unusual in Person of Interest, Sarah Shahi at least had an excuse when she became pregnant with twins. Shahi also mentioned in an interview the problem of making sure the audience weren't looking at her now much-larger breasts. The writers discussed having her character Sameen Shaw become pregnant on the show, but decided it was out of character for a sociopathic Action Girl. Instead Shaw is captured by Samaritan forces, who carry her off to an unknown fate.
  • Melissa Peterman was pregnant during season 5 of Reba. Similar to the Frasier example above, Peterman's character Barbra Jean's was said to have gained weight due to binge eating (even though Peterman was always slightly overweight before). By the next season, she had lost a lot of weight and that was also written into the show.

    Music Videos 
  • In Annie Lennox's "Love Song For A Vampire," she was sitting down and wearing an Empire-style dress throughout.
    • "Little Bird", released at the same time, has her in nothing but black. However, in this case it is subverted as Lennox is not only standing up at all times but is also often standing in profile to the camera, clearly showing the pregnancy.
  • Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" mostly has her in slimming outfits. Plus, there's so much going on in the video (a pair of block parties, one from the 60's and one from the 90's, shown side-by-side) that you don't have time to notice.
  • Averted by T-Boz from TLC in the video for "Tight to Death," her duet with then-husband Mack-10, where her pregnancy is proudly emphasized. A rather warming scene shows the hardcore rapper putting an ear to his wife's belly (it was only a year later that she divorced him amid threats of domestic violence, but it's still a nice video).
  • In Madonna's video for "Music," she had to be shot from the front and almost always sitting down. She also commissioned a short action sequence from her favorite animation studio, to replace scenes she couldn't do. However, it was no secret that she was pregnant with her second child at the time, and it added a bit of subtext to the line "I want to dance with my baby".
    • She was also pregnant while filming the video for "You Must Love Me", the bump was hidden by having her stand behind a piano.
  • In Whitney Houston's video for "I Will Always Love You," she is shown sitting in a chair on a stage as she sings. Since it was a Video Full of Film Clips from her movie The Bodyguard, this was easily done. However, Whitney averts it in her video for "I'm Every Woman" that came out a few months later. Since the song is a celebration of womanhood, she proudly displays her pregnancy.
  • Within Temptation has Sharon. The video for "Sinéad," where Sharon wears a heavy coat and is only shown from the chest up.
  • Averted in "Someday" by Britney Spears which is basically a music video to celebrate her pregnancy.
  • Averted in Dixie Chicks' video for "Landslide", a Fleetwood Mac cover. Emily Robison was clearly pregnant and not hiding it during the video shoot.
  • Atomic Kitten
    • They filmed the video for "It's OK" while Natasha Hamilton was five months pregnant. The video is a Beach Episode and Natasha is wearing a rather loose top throughout - while Jenny and Liz are in bikinis. Natasha is also lying or sitting down in a lot of her shots and is the one driving the car in the road scenes, allowing the wheel to hide her bump.
    • But averted for their next video "The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)". Natasha was eight months pregnant at that point and no attempt is made to hide it. In fact, the dance moves the girls use were choreographed to accommodate the baby bump.
  • Zig-Zagged by Beyoncé. She initially appeared at the 2011 MTV Awards wearing a loose-fitting gown. During her performance she was wearing a boxy pantsuit and cryptically told the audience to "Feel the love growing inside me". At the end of her number, she took off her jacket to officially announce her pregnancy to the world and received a standing ovation.
    • Her video for "Countdown" appeared at first to be hiding her pregnancy with an abundance of shots from her front. And then she turned to the side and started rubbing her belly proudly.
  • Faith Hill's pregnancy is barely visible in the video for her 1998 single "This Kiss", as pointed out by herself on a CMT special.

    Videogames 
  • If you decide to romance Doc as the Jedi Knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic, you'll have a chat about having kids. Since Jedi aren't supposed to have families, he reckons you wouldn't have a problem hiding a pregnancy under all those robes, and when it is born, he'll pretend it's a distant cousin.
    • In the backstory, Grandmaster Satele did this when she wound up pregnant (and gave the kid up for adoption). Meaning she's more than a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to the "no attachment, no families" doctrine.
  • If you romance Aerie throughout Baldurs Gate 2 and its expansion the end result is pregnancy while you are in still in the middle of adventuring. Rather smartly Aerie mentions that until the later stages it wont be visible under her long flowing robes. The reason why she decides to hide it from the rest of your party is that she has only recently managed to prove herself as competent in their eyes and does not want their pity or insistence that she needs to slow down.
  • Christa, in The Walking Dead fits this trope. She attempts to hide her pregnancy from the group, probably fearing they'll kick her and Omid out if Lee and Kenny found out. When Lee asks what she and Omid were arguing about, she tells him to mind his own business, when she vomits due to the rotting dog (no one else did, not even Clementine), she tries to pass it off as the extreme smell. Also, Lee and Vernon find a sonogram, and she says, with a tone of familiarity, "It's a sonogram." Eventually, Kenny finds out when he offers her whiskey. She takes the bottle, and looks down at her stomach. Kenny stares at her for a moment, and them she gulps down about half the bottle before handing it back to Kenny. It's implied by his facial expression, he was thinking, "Holy shit! She must be pregnant!"

    Web Original 
  • In Noob, Golgotha has a second avatar in the mage class exclusive to the webseries. The actress playing her was pregnant during Season 3 and the main difference between Golgotha's usual warrior avatar and her mage is less chainmail and more baggy clothes.
    • A milder case happened to Saphir in Season 5 before she got a Temporary Substitute (who was the long-term solution), when she was shown using an avatar looking just like Gaea in-game while shots of her player behind the computer showed only her face.

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