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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
12. Carrie from Homeland
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.