BrainWithAMouth on Oct 31st 2018 at 11:52:10 PM
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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.
- 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.
- 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"
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