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Basic Trope: A pregnancy ends in miscarriage in order to avoid changing the plot too much.

  • Straight: Alice is pregnant, but in a later episode she has a miscarriage.
  • Exaggerated: Alice gets pregnant several times over the course of the series, always resulting in miscarriage.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice gives birth to a healthy baby, but immediately puts it up for adoption. The baby is never seen or mentioned again.
    • Alice gives birth to a healthy baby, but it inexplicably vanishes before the next episode.
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    • Alice gives birth to a deformed baby that dies almost immediately.
    • Alice is sad that she miscarried, but her friends are thankful.
  • Justified: Alice has a rare condition that makes it harder for her to give birth successfully.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice always miscarries early on (possibly as a Running Gag) except this time.
    • Alice is pregnant for the second half of one season. In the next season's premiere, Alice is shown with a baby.
    • The baby dies...oh, wait, no, correction, the baby Disney dies. Welcome to the show, little Faye.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice has a stillbirth at thirty-six weeks.
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    • The baby is Alice's niece or nephew.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice gives birth to a healthy baby, but suddenly the Status Quo God enters the hospital room and uses a Bolt of Divine Retribution to kill the baby against Alice's will.
    • A scene mirrors a reveal scene for this trope in a previous work, but ends with a healthy birth instead of a miscarriage.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is pregnant for the second half of one season. In the next season's premiere, Alice is shown with a baby. The baby is revealed to be Alice's niece or nephew, but it is later revealed that Alice carried the baby ... as a surrogate for her sister, Carol.
  • Averted:
    • Alice gives birth to a healthy baby.
    • There is no pregnancy storyline.
    • Alice thinks she might be pregnant but then finds out that she isn't.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "It's a good thing you miscarried, Alice. If you had a baby to look after, you couldn't hang out with us."
  • Invoked: Alice knows that she always miscarries due to her rare condition, but continues to get pregnant anyway, possibly hoping she'll get lucky and give birth to a live baby.
  • Exploited: Charles The Casanova, doesn't want to find a Doorstop Baby at his house, so he only has sex with women who always miscarry (like Alice) or who are sterile.
  • Defied:
    • Alice refuses to have sex, for fear that she will miscarry again.
    • Alice gets sterilized.
  • Discussed: "So Alice is pregnant, is she? Odds are it'll end in a Convenient Miscarriage."
  • Conversed: "Why do pregnancies on TV always end in miscarriage?" "I assume it's to avoid changing the plot. The Moral Guardians would pitch a major fit if they wrote about an abortion, you know."
  • Implied: Alice gains weight over the course of one season of the show, but then suddenly loses it, and there is no sign of a baby at her house.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob convinces everyone in town that Alice did not have an abortion.
    • Alice gets over it by whatever means or circumstance.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice has a dark sense of humor about her own miscarriage: ("I didn't terminate my pregnancy. God did.")
  • Played for Drama: Alice dies giving birth to her stillborn, and Bob is Driven to Suicide over her death.

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