13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
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Cute celebrity baby bumps are highly celebrated in real life, but on-screen, a growing belly can throw a wrench into any show's carefully scripted storyline. Here are 13 interesting ways TV shows have adapted to their stars' rapidly changing bodies.

1. Elaine on Seinfeld

Even though 90s clothes were baggy af, even that wasn't enough to camouflage Julia Louis-Dreyfus' baby bump. They went with the classic "just casually hold some oversized pillows over your stomach like that's not totally weird and obvious" method.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
What's the deal with Elaine's sudden pillow fetish?
NBC

2. Betty on Mad Men

To conceal January Jones' pregnancy, writers introduced a storyline where Betty Draper packs on the pounds. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she also donned a fat suit to cover the "little weight gain during her...pregnancy."​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
Because pregnant women love being called fat.
AMC

3. Dee on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Instead of hiding it, the writers embraced Kaitlin Olson's pregnancy (with co-star/creator Rob McElhenney's child). They included a storyline where Dee acted as a surrogate.​

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13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
Every bar needs a baby bump.
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4. Olivia on Scandal

When Kerry Washington became pregnant, Scandal pulled out every prop in the book to hide her growing belly. At one point, even a random eagle's wing was used to block her body from view.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
So subtle.
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5. Jess on New Girl

To conceal Zooey Deschanel's pregnancy, the show's writers had her stuck in bed after falling down the stairs (in a cute way) and sitting in a jury box (in a cute way). They explained Jess' absence on the show by saying she was sequestered on a jury, but you know, in a cute way.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
Raise your hand if you're both pregnant and adorable.
Fox

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6. Monica on Friends

Courtney Cox only got pregnant after the storyline that Monica and Chandler couldn't have kids was revealed. It was too late to change things up, so they just had Monica sit down a lot.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
No one noticed till Chandler walked in like, "Could you
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7. Carrie on Sex and the City

When Sarah Jessica Parker was with child, SATC creators simply had her character become obsessed with increasingly flowy dresses.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
You could get away with wearing this in 2002.
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8. Lily on How I Met Your Mother

Alyson Hannigan hid behind many ridiculous things to conceal her pregnancy, but in one episode, the baby bump came out of hiding after her character Lily won a hot dog eating contest. Everyone was amazed by how "full" she was.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
Congratulations! It's a hot dog!
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9. Grace from Will and Grace.

At some point, you feel like TV shows run out of ideas to conceal their leading ladies' changing bodies. You can just imagine someone saying, "I don't know, just have Debra Messing randomly hold a towel or something." Good enough.

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13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
At least if her water breaks, she'll be ready to mop it up.
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10. Jenna from 30 Rock

As far as hiding pregnancies on a TV show goes, 30 Rock nailed it by putting Jane Krakowski in a giant dog costume.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
That third trimester is ruff.
NBC

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11. Claire from Modern Family

Did you know Julie Bowen was pregnant during the pilot of Modern Family, or did you just think she always conveniently hides her lower body behind all sorts of strategically placed household items?

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for hiding your pregnancy.
ABC

12. Carrie from Homeland

Claire Danes claims she was able to forgo the props and hide her pregnancy with CGI, because it's the future.​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
"Get me pickles and ice cream, and no one gets hurt."
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13. Lucy from I Love Lucy

Lucille Ball didn't have to conceal her baby bump while filming I Love Lucy. The writers worked her bun in the oven into the storyline, although censors forbid anyone from saying the word "pregnant" on the show. ​

13 ways your favorite TV shows dealt with a star's real life pregnancy.
They also weren't allowed to explain how it's possible to get pregnant when you and your husband sleep in two separate twin beds.
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