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A new mother loses her baby bump almost immediately after giving birth.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
BrainWithAMouth on Oct 31st 2018 at 11:52:10 PM
Last Edited By:
BrainWithAMouth on Dec 6th 2018 at 10:36:57 AM
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In Real Life, a woman who has gone through a full-term pregnancy has had her skin stretched to accommodate the baby growing inside her. Once the baby is born, it typically takes some time, exercise, or pure luck to lose the baby weight. Some women lose it sooner than others, and some don't lose it at all, and whether or not they retain stretch marks depends on the woman.

Not in fiction, as it is all but guaranteed that the baby bump instantly goes away right after the baby is born.

Not to be confused with Hide Your Pregnancy, as this trope seems to Hand Wave evidence that a woman was pregnant as opposed to hiding the actress' pregnancy and child altogether. This trope does not apply to women who are too early in their pregnancy to start showing, such as the first trimester.


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    Film 
  • Averted in Revenge of the Sith. Padme's corpse still looks visibly pregnant at her funeral. However, the Expanded Universe indicates this was actually an Invoked Trope, and that the other heroes deliberately made her body look pregnant because they wanted Vader and the Emperor to believe she had died before giving birth.

    Live Action TV 
  • Criminal Minds might be a straightforward example, as JJ seemed to lose the baby bump after her son Henry was born.
  • Firefly has an aversion where the recently pregnant prostitute in "Heart of Gold" has a visible belly bump after the birth of her child.
  • The Walking Dead subverts this trope:
    • Lori had an amateur c-section and died with her belly cut open.
    • Maggie went from "not far enough along to show" to "the baby is nearly a year old"
    • Michonne also went from "too early to show" to "the child is around 4 years old"

Feedback: 11 replies

Oct 31st 2018 at 11:58:47 PM

Criminal Minds might be a straightforward example, as JJ seemed to lose the baby bump after her son Henry was born.

Firefly has an aversion where the recently pregnant prostitute in "Heart of Gold" has a visible belly bump after the birth of her child.

Nov 1st 2018 at 5:40:20 AM

In Friends, Rachel loses her baby bump immediately after she has Emma.

Nov 11th 2018 at 11:57:42 AM

I'm trying to add the examples but it won't let me

Nov 11th 2018 at 11:58:56 AM

^ You need to add a laconic, that'll fix it.

Nov 11th 2018 at 8:30:50 PM

The Walking Dead subverts this trope:

Possible spoilers:

  • Lori had an amateur c-section and died with her belly cut open.
  • Maggie went from "not far enough along to show" to "the baby is nearly a year old"
  • Michonne also went from "too early to show" to "the child is around 4 years old"

Nov 11th 2018 at 10:04:06 PM

  • Averted in Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith. Padme's corpse still looks visibly pregnant at her funeral. However, the Expanded Universe indicates this was actually an Invoked Trope, and that the other heroes deliberately made her body look pregnant because they wanted Vader and the Emperor to believe she had died before giving birth.

Nov 12th 2018 at 12:17:01 PM

Definitely think this could be a trope, but throwing in a bomb because it's got no examples, a weak description, a bad name, and no laconic. This shouldn't have a hat.

Nov 20th 2018 at 1:39:44 AM

Anyone have more examples? Ideas for the trope name? I'm trying to get the folders to work but for some reason they're like that

Nov 20th 2018 at 2:43:55 AM

  • Examples section
    • Added [[/folder]] at the end of media section folders so they will display properly.
    • Blue Linked work names.

Nov 22nd 2018 at 7:54:52 PM

Anyone have more straightforward examples in other medias?

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