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- A pregnant (not that this was known at the time) Casca is raped by the demon Femto after his creation. This drives Casca insane and corrupts the fetus into a demonic-like grotesque.
- Emperor Ganishka's demon soldiers are created by dumping heavily pregnant women into an enormous artificial womb that radiates the woman full of demonic energy. The now-demonic fetus rips its way out of the uterus and joins the others.
- Guts' biological mother was executed/murdered (it's not clear which one) while she was heavily pregnant with him, and he was delivered more or less as a coffin birth. His adoptive parents find him at the feet of his mother's hanged corpse.
- In Vinland Saga, Arneis (a slave) is secretly pregnant with her master Ketil's child. When her former husband comes to take her back - slaying several guards of the farm in the process - and she tries to escape with him, Ketil does not take it well. Just before her punishment, she reveals to him she is pregnant with his child; his response is to suspect that the child isn't his, and beat her half to death. And not only half, as she dies shortly after.
- The pilot of Cowboy Bebop had a heavily pregnant woman named Catalina on the run with a man wanted for drug smuggling, with the police in hot pursuit. When the two are gunned down, the belly turns out to be a huge bundle of Red Eye spray canisters.
- In the EC Comics story "Squeeze Play" (Shock Suspenstories #13), the word "pregnant" is never used (it was the 1950s, after all), but the story revolves around a man who kills his girlfriend after she informs him that he HAS to marry her.
- In Sky Doll, the main character, a love doll named Noa has a very graphic hallucination when she is pregnant and her womb rips out. But it's all in a dream... or is it?
- In Watchmen The Comedian shoots a pregnant woman during the Vietnam War. Doubles as Offing the Offspring, as the child was his.
- A recurring theme in the 1989 Peter Milligan mini-series Skreemer:
- In a flashback to the robbery that started Veto Skreemer's criminal career, a woman pleads for mercy by stating that she's pregnant. Skreemer shoots her anyway.
- In a subsequent flashback, after Skreemer has established himself as a powerful figure, Skreemer's seven-months-pregnant mistress Claudia is raped and murdered by his enemies. Although the murder is thankfully off-panel, the cover of issue #3 prominently displays her pregnant corpse as Skreemer carries her away.
- In the "present" time of the series, Skreemer's current mistress Gloreen is nine months pregnant and is frequently endangered by Skreemer's enemies. Unlike the previous examples, she safely escapes the attempts on her life, survives the delivery, and makes it through the end of the story alive.
- A 1991 issue of Wolverine featured an Eldritch Abomination that was targeting three pregnant women on a cruise ship, because one of them was carrying The Chosen One but the demon couldn't tell which one. The demon killed two of the women before Wolverine could save them, but Logan did manage to save the right one in the end.
- In the 1991 mini-series The Punisher: P.O.V., an eight-months-pregnant woman is attacked and bitten by a mutated villain. She survives the attack, but later dies during the delivery because the bite had mutated her unborn child.
- In The Punisher MAX X-Mas Special, a gangster's pregnant wife is the target of hitmen sent by a rival gangster out to wipe out her husband's entire family. The Punisher saves the pregnant target from the killers and helps her deliver the baby...at which point he executes her himself for her own crimes, now that the innocent child is out of danger.
- In The Metabarons, the Metabaron Aghora has the brain of a male and female body of his twin sister since he was born dead and had his brain implanted into the body of his twin sister who was brain-dead at birth to become a S/he. S/he goes into a Despair Event Horizon after of the death of her pet spider-wolf and gets over this funk by getting her/himself pregnant. This is when enemies of the Aghora strike. Normally able of killing an entire universe, s/he's so badly weakened that she knows she can't win by fighting an army of clones. So she has take a desperation plan that has her sacrificing her quasi-magical sword to fly up into orbit and nuke the planet from safe distance. No other Metabaron except the first who was dying from an incurable disease, has ever shown that level of 'weakness'.
- In the Historical Fiction graphic novel The Borgias, one nobleman's unfaithful, heavily pregnant wife is shown enjoying a passionate encounter with her lover before they're both Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by an assassin.
- Blacksad: In the Arctic Nation album, it is eventually revealed that Chief Karup's greatest crime after he became a white supremacist was to drag his heavily pregnant black wife out of her bed in the middle of the night and leave her behind in the cold winter woods to die. She survived, and his children would grow up yearning for revenge.
- A Love Like Blood: The female werewolf is murdered by Sangrael and Luperci foot soldiers shortly before she was about to give birth to a vampire-werewolf hybrid.
- Fatale: Hank's pregnant wife Sylvia is brutally murdered by Bishop, who then frames Hank for the deed.
- Crucible (Mass Effect):
- A bunch of women who were pregnant with Hybrid babies were kidnapped by the Quarians for testing. Luckily for them, Garrus and Avitus managed to find them thanks to the help of one of the boyfriends.
- In Alt. Future, poor Amata suffered from this twice. The first time she lost her baby son. The second time, she was killed and her daughter didn't survive for long either. And with what Gaius found in the Quarians' labs, it was obvious that she wasn't the first mother to suffer this fate.
- The pregnant Assassins in A.A. Pessimal's Discworld fic Hyperemesis Gravidarum have got more to contend with than sore feet and morning sickness. At least one of them is on the hit-list of a murder gang bent on vengeance against her and her wider family. The battle goes to the wire.
Film — Live-Action
- Played with at the end of Taking Lives, the character played by Angelina Jolie is pregnant and gets stabbed in the belly, only to reveal the pregnancy was fake and the corner stone of an elaborate scheme to catch the killer.
- In Thursday, Casey has a flashback as to what it was that finally helped him decide to turn his life around from being a drug dealer: during a busted deal, his partner Nick repeatedly shoots an eight-month pregnant woman in the stomach, killing both the woman and the unborn baby.
- One of the Headless Horseman's victims in Sleepy Hollow. Her unborn child gets decapitated as well.
- In Gangs of New York, Jenny's baby was cut out of her after she got pregnant from Bill the Butcher, leaving a big nasty scar on her body and her traumatized
- A sixteen year old girl in The Rite was raped and impregnated by her father, causing a demon to posses her. During her exorcisms, the demon causes her body to do very disturbing and unnatural things. She is later sent to the hospital where both she and the fetus are killed by the demon.
- Jigsaw's wife in Saw IV lost their unborn son due to a door violently smashed against her belly. This was the Start of Darkness for him.
- In What to Expect When You're Expecting, Rebel Wilson's character tells her pregnant boss that her sister got herpes because of her pregnancy.
- In Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, the Predalien is completely indiscriminate in its victims, invading a maternity ward in the town's hospital and implanting pregnant women with its own xenomorph embryos.
- In the French horror movie Inside, a pregnant woman is attacked by a stranger who wants to steal her baby. With scissors. During Christmas Eve.
- In Curse of Chucky, a pre- doll transformation Charles Lee Ray is seen stabbing a pregnant woman to cripple her unborn daughter after she rejected his advances.
- In the first Warlock movie, the Warlock threatens to kill a priest's pregnant wife along with the child she's carrying to get the information he wants. Presumably subverted because the priest ultimately caves in to the Warlock's demands, although we don't get to see if he did leave them unharmed.
- Blade's origin story from the Blade Trilogy involved his mother being attacked by a vampire when she was heavily pregnant, causing her to die on an operating table and the boy turning into a human-vampire hybrid. Blade swore to find the vampire who killed her to avenge her death. Near the end, Blade discovers that his mother is still alive after the vampire in question turned her, and it was actually Deacon Frost, the bad guy he had been pursuing the entire film.
- In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith a heavily pregnant Padmé goes gallivanting off to Mustafar after Anakin after Obi-Wan tells her Anakin has fallen to the dark side. When Obi-Wan turns up, having stowed away on Padmé's ship, Anakin Force chokes her. Padmé starts dying afterwards, forcing medical droids to induce labor and deliver Luke and Leia.
- In Match Point, the protagonist kills his pregnant mistress because he can't choose to leave his wife and sacrifice his cushy lifestyle.
- Occurs in Mad Max: Fury Road with Angharad, who is very visibly pregnant and spends all of her screentime in horrible danger. She ends up slipping off the War Rig and run over by Immortan Joe's car. Both she and her baby end up dying as a result.
- In Who Can Kill a Child? and the remake, Come Out and Play, the female lead is 7 months pregnant at the start of the film. Her pregnancy hampers quick movement and ups the drama particularly when she starts believing that the fetus has gone murderous as well. And she might be right.
- The 2002 thriller Angel Blade features a Serial Killer who deliberately targets prostitutes who have gotten pregnant. His Freudian Excuse: After the accidental death of his own pregnant wife, he feels compelled to kill women he deems "unworthy" of pregnancy.
- In Deewaar, Anita—though not visibly pregnant yet—is tortured to death by Samant and his men.
- At the beginning of The Sharing Knife, protagonist Fawn has left her home to avoid being shamed for her unwed pregnancy. Then an Eldritch Abomination ground-rips (tears the life-force out of) her unborn child. Things do get better for her, but she has one hell of a woobie-fied start.
- Discworld has multiple examples throughout the series, though it's often combined with Pregnant Badass.
- It turns out that Sybil Vimes, fairly early in her pregnancy, escapes a locked room, climbs out a window on knotted bedsheets and wallops a werewolf with an iron bar in The Fifth Elephant. She also stands up rather bravely under an assault by murderous bandits while on the road to Uberwald, holding it together while being held hostage.
- In Raising Steam, the Low King of the Dwarves, Rhys Rhysson, who later styles herself Queen Blodwen, is targeted for political assassination.
- And I Shall Wear Midnight has a decidedly dark example as Amber Petty is beaten by her father, causing a miscarriage/stillbirth.
- In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, while Katniss wasn't actually pregnant, Peeta manages to enrage the capitol citizens by claiming that she was right before the 75th Games started, trying to invoke this trope.
- Possibly Annie when she was held captive and tortured by the Capitol in Mockingjay, since we don't know when her and Finnick's child was concieved.
- Alys Vorpatril, while pregnant with the baby Ivan Vorpatril, is stranded in a besieged city held by a pretender desperately looking for distinguished hostages like Alys.
- Cordelia is attacked with a poisonous gas while pregnant. The aftereffects of the treatment that saved her life drive most of her son's life: Miles, the protagonist of most of the books, was dwarfed and crippled by the effects.
- Carla Cassidy's Pregnesia: Amnesiac widowed heroine, Good Samaritan hero, bad guys after the baby.
- This is teased with Elayne in The Wheel of Time, who gets impregnated in the ninth book. Thanks to a prophetic viewing, she is convinced her children can't be harmed and gets into trouble several times, finally coming to her senses after a particular wound runs dangerously close to her womb. Then things get brutal: during the climax of the last book, she runs afoul of a minor villain from previous books who intends to cut out her unborn twins and use magic to keep them alive until they can be offered to the Big Bad. He promises to rape her afterward. A timely plot device saves the day, however.
- Celine Herondale from The Mortal Instruments, committed suicide while pregnant.
- Gone Girl: It's eventually revealed that Amy was pregnant when she disappeared…not. She was deliberately invoking this trope to create media hysteria.
I knew the key to big-time coverage, round-the-clock, frantic, bloodlust never-ending Ellen Abbott coverage, would be the pregnancy. Amazing Amy is tempting as it is; Amazing Amy knocked up is irresistible. Americans like what is easy, and it's easy to like pregnant women; they're like ducklings or bunnies or dogs.
- A Rizzoli & Isles novel has an escaped convict taking a maternity ward hostage. Among the patients is Jane Rizzoli. She's never harmed.
- Another book has a pregnant woman being abducted by someone who wants to steal her baby. She manages to kill the guy—while in labor— and deliver safely. By the time the cops arrive, she's sitting on the side of the road, nursing her newborn daughter.
- The Crocodile God has one of the rare times that the peril actually happens. When the Tagalog sea-god Haik meets his mortal wife Mirasol's Spanish employer in the colonial Philippines, Haik reveals himself as a god and tells the Spaniard that their children will be gods, too. The Spaniard immediately shoots Mirasol in the stomach, which enrages Haik enough to turn into a crocodile and eat him. Haik heals Mirasol quickly, but they lose their baby. It's noted that even though the Spaniard didn't believe Haik when he said he was a god, he still shot Mirasol to make him shut up because he couldn't have some Filipino guy making claims like that and stirring up trouble for the Spanish. Mirasol eventually reincarnates into a modern-day young woman, but Haik remains traumatized for centuries because in addition to the personal loss of a child, the Spaniard committed Deicide as well.
- In the bodice-ripper romance novel And Gold Was Ours, the heroine is abducted by her husband's enemies while 7 months pregnant. The stress of the ordeal sends her into premature labor, but she manages to deliver safely just as he rescues her.
- In the Sidney Sheldon novel Nothing Lasts Forever, Dr. Ken Mallory decides to kill his fiancée Dr. Kat Hunter when she refuses to have an abortion, because this will interfere with his plans to marry an heiress.
- In the second episode of the short-lived 2000 ABC series Wonderland, a pregnant doctor gets stabbed in the stomach with a syringe by a mental patient.
- Played with in Desperate Housewives. A pregnant Bree gets stabbed in the belly. However, no blood appears because it's a fake belly. But it does threaten to uncover the truth.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Friday's Child", a usurper named Ma'ab kills Aka'ar, the Teer (tribal king), in an attempted coup. He then demands Aka'ar's pregnant wife Eleen and her unborn son killed, as the unborn son is the true heir of succession, and Kirk, Spock and McCoy have to go on the run with Eleen to keep her safe.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- In "Body Parts" Keiko O'Brien is badly injured in a shuttle accident, and Dr. Bashir is forced to transplant the unborn Kirayoshi O'Brien into Kira Nerys, the only other female present. In this case it was an Enforced Trope: In Reallife, Nana Visitor (Kira) was married to Alexander Siddig (Bashir) and had gotten pregnant with his baby, and rather than find some way to Hide Your Pregnancy they wrote it into the script.
- In "The Darkness and the Light" a Serial Killer targets the surviving members of Kira's old Bajoran resistance cell, eventually luring the very pregnant Kira to his hideout, stunning her, and then attempting to cut Kirayoshi out of her (the intent was to save the innocent baby and take revenge on Kira). She manages to turn the tables and shoot him.
- The NCIS Christmas Episode "Newborn King" had the team defending a very pregnant Marine from mercenaries trying to get the baby, due to it being, if male, the only surviving heir to an Afghan tribe. (She'd fallen in love with the previous heir, who was later killed by the Taliban.) A Maternity Crisis ensues and Gibbs ends up delivering the baby in a gas station while Ziva fights off the mercs in the next room.
- Game of Thrones:
- A pregnant character is stabbed multiple times in the belly at one point, leading to the death of both her and her child. For bonus points, the character is a Canon Foreignernote so the producers only added the pregnancy storyline for drama and gore points.
- Daenerys is imperiled multiple times during her pregnancy, first by her brother, which completely breaks their tenuous familial bond and later by a wine merchant who seeks to poison her.
- Stargate Atlantis:
- As Teyla neared the end of her pregnancy, Michael kidnapped her to use her son as a testbed for his human-wraith hybrids. One Alternate Universe shows that had he finished his experiments, he would have created an army that would have effectively taken over the Pegasus Galaxy, but Teyla never saw it. In the proper time, the team manages to save Teyla and her baby.
- In another episode, Teyla is using her limited psychic skills gained from her Wraith DNA to temporarily mind control a particularly strong Wraith Queen, who are the psychic heavyweights of the vampiric race. Trapped in her own mind, the Queen wonders how Teyla is suddenly so strong that she could pose a challenge for her until she realizes that Teyla's unborn son is helping her, and the Queen nearly kills the child in return.
- Stargate SG-1: Vala is chained outside for three days without food or water while heavily pregnant as punishment for supposedly conspiring against the Ori. It turns out to have been a Secret Test of Character by the anti-Ori resistance to ensure they could trust her.
- Doctor Who:
- Amy is once kidnapped while pregnant because the Silence's boss thinks that her unborn child could be a Time Lord. Not to mention all of the situations she ends up getting into with the Doctor, including her husband dying. Something like ten times.
- In the episode "Amy's Choice", one fake version of Amy is pregnant and trapped in a small town with aliens disguised as the elderly (again) ready to disintegrate everyone, but mostly her family. To get away, she drives a van into a cottage. And her husband dies. Three times. In one episode.
- In Grimm, one of Sgt. Wu's Filipino friends gets attacked by an aswang, which nearly kills her fetus while she was sleeping. Nick and Hank were able to resolve the situation and save her again from the monster.
- In Sons of Anarchy, Tara is kidnapped in the second season. When one of the kidnappers tries to kick her in the stomach, she begs him not to because she is pregnant. He stops and hits her in the face instead.
- Rizzoli & Isles has Jane helping a teenage witness survive while trapped in a warehouse with a hitman. She is far from delicate and survives many perilous situations while pregnant, but Jane later loses the baby after the hitman hits her in the stomach with a pipe.
- In the pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire, a pregnant Margaret is beaten so severely by her Domestic Abuser husband that she miscarries.
- Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter: Aspiring actress Greta begins an affair with a Gestapo officer to protect her Jewish boyfriend. Later in the war she confronts him by revealing that he has gotten her pregnant and should provide for his out-of-wedlock child. He responds by beating her so severely that she miscarries, then has her arrested.
- Containment features a nine-months-pregnant teenager who is trapped in the cordoned off section of the city with the virus that kills people within 48 hours.
- The Walking Dead: Maggie, along with Carol, gets taken hostage by some of the Saviours whilst pregnant. Fortunately, both of them manage to kill their captors and escape.
- Later on, Maggie is among the cast members who end up at Negan's mercy, and this is after they've spent most of the episode trying to get her to a safe place with a doctor because she's started having complications. After coming close to death and Watching her own husband and father of the unborn child be brutally murdered right in front of her, it's a miracle the baby survived.
- The second season of Veronica Mars starts with a bus crash that kills everyone on board except for Meg Manning who's later discovered to be pregnant. She later succumbs to her injuries, but they're able to save the baby.
- In the Marple episode "The Blue Geranium", an adaptation of the short story from The Thirteen Problems, a six-months-pregnant woman is strangled...and that isn't even the primary mystery!
- In one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where Martin Short plays the villain of the week, it's revealed that one character is not her child's mother at all. She assaulted a woman very close to giving birth, and cut the unborn fetus out of her body to steal it, killing her in the process. The child is returned to his grieving father by the end of the episode.
- The average Soap Opera is bound to put at least a third of their heroines through varying versions of this. As the World Turns's Emily was even kidnapped and was off-screen for several months to make allowances for the actress's maternity leave, being found just in time for the delivery.
- When Lita was carrying Kane's baby, they ended the angle when Gene Snitsky knocked Kane into Lita which made her fall off the apron of the ring, losing the baby.
- In IWA Puerto Rico, Genesis had a habit of ducking out of matches with La Amazona. She was injured, she was sick, ect. When she came to Amazona with "I'm pregnant", well Amazona did not seem to believe her, slapping Genesis after giving her congrats, causing EMTs to swarm to Genesis's aid before Amazona could do anything else
- Later that same year (2008), Portia Perez went after mom to be and SHIMMER co founder Allison Danger. Unlike La Amazona, there was no mitigating circumstance, Perez knew exactly what she was doing, taking the opportunity to end the career of a rival (who was still nursing a collar bone broken by Cheerleader Melissa) and aiming to end something else along with it. This incident is also largely why the Eagles Club Audience loves referee Bryce Remsburg.
- Thankfully subverted the next year in WSU when Princess Jana snapped and beat the stuffing out of her Soul Sisters partner Luscious Latasha, who had revealed she had been avoiding tagging in because she discovered she was pregnant. After getting back from the hospital it was revealed Latasha was not pregnant. Latasha was still upset with Jana because she wasn't lying, just mistaken.
- Star Trek Online: In the Foundry mission "Bait and Switch" one of the slaves kidnapped by the Orion Syndicate is a six-months-pregnant Romulan. She and her husband get rescued by the Player Character.
- In the opening of Valkyria Chronicles Martha is about nine months pregnant when the Empire invades Bruhl, and she and Isara held at gunpoint by a pair of Imperial troopers. Welkin and Isara manage to kill both troopers, but naturally the baby chooses that exact moment to show up.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: The conclusion to one questline involves you tracking down the woman pregnant with the first human child to be born in the Andromeda galaxy, in the hopes of averting this trope This turns into a Maternity Crisis when you catch up to her and find that she's in labor, just in time for a kett battalion to show up followed by a Roekarr ambush. Thankfully, the child lives.
- The carnivore supremacy terrorist group N.O.P.E. end up turning their attacks on the pregnant Lindesfarne Dewclaw in Kevin & Kell after the termite she spared because she was full ratted them out. It doesn't help that she's an insectivore and was expecting a half-hedgehog, half-bat who technically has some human ancestry too. Long story.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: In the Distant Prologue, an Apocalyptic Gag Order intially causes The Plague to be officially a week-long virus from which recovery is fairly easy, but with possible complications for pregnant women. One of the female characters of the Finland segment is pregnant, which makes her situation worrying even before the Apocalyptic Gag Order gets lifted in the later part of the segment.
- Truth in Television. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury or death for pregnant women, with most experts agreeing that the third trimester is when a woman is most likely to be beaten or murdered by her partner, particularly if the relationship was already abusive and/or the pregnancy is unintended/unwanted. Notorious examples include Grace Brown note , Lori Hacking note , Laci Peterson,Jessie Davis, and Reyna Angelica Marroquin.
- There's also the psychos who have attacked pregnant women in order to steal their babies and pass them off as their own.