How 24 TV Shows Cleverly Handled Their Stars’ Real-Life Pregnancies (PHOTOS)

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How 24 TV Shows Cleverly Handled Their Stars’ Real-Life Pregnancies (PHOTOS)

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How 24 TV Shows Cleverly Handled Their Stars’ Real-Life Pregnancies (PHOTOS)

Celebrity pregnancies are always exciting, but let’s be honest — they sometimes cause issues when said celebrity is the star of a hit TV show.

Luckily, TV writers and producers have creativity in their blood and have figured out some pretty clever ways to either write their leads’ pregnancies into the scripts or cover the baby bumps entirely.

Scroll down through the photos to see how some of your fave series like Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, The Walking Dead and more dealt with their actresses’s real-life bellies.

How 24 TV Shows Cleverly Handled Their Stars’ Real-Life Pregnancies (PHOTOS)
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Sarah Jessica Parker, 'Sex & The City'

Sarah Jessica Parker, 'Sex & The City'

Since Carrie Bradshaw is child free for life, SATC producers hid SJP’s bump under babydoll dresses and flowy tops instead of writing it into the script. 

 Season 5 also had fewer episodes to account for the pregnancy.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 'Sex & The City'

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Since Carrie Bradshaw is child free for life, SATC producers hid SJP’s bump under babydoll dresses and flowy tops instead of writing it into the script. 

 Season 5 also had fewer episodes to account for the pregnancy.

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Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, 'How I Met Your Mother'

Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, 'How I Met Your Mother'

Both female leads on the CBS sitcom were pregnant at the same time in Season 4. 

While Cobie’s character Robin mostly sat behind pillows and wore baggy sweaters, producers got creative with Alyson’s bump, even having her character, Lily, compete in an eating competition. Clever!

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Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, 'How I Met Your Mother'

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Both female leads on the CBS sitcom were pregnant at the same time in Season 4. 

While Cobie’s character Robin mostly sat behind pillows and wore baggy sweaters, producers got creative with Alyson’s bump, even having her character, Lily, compete in an eating competition. Clever!

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Candice King, 'The Vampire Diaries'

Candice King, 'The Vampire Diaries'

TVD fans were shocked when Candice announced she and her husband, Joe, were expecting their first child.

Even more shocking? That Season 7 twist that her character, Caroline, was pregnant with her former teacher (and future fiancé) Alaric’s TWINS!

Candice King, 'The Vampire Diaries'

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TVD fans were shocked when Candice announced she and her husband, Joe, were expecting their first child.

Even more shocking? That Season 7 twist that her character, Caroline, was pregnant with her former teacher (and future fiancé) Alaric’s TWINS!

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Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'

Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'

Here’s a fun fact — Julie, who plays Claire on the ABC show, was expecting twins when she filmed the pilot episode! That could explain why she was doing so much laundry.

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Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'

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Here’s a fun fact — Julie, who plays Claire on the ABC show, was expecting twins when she filmed the pilot episode! That could explain why she was doing so much laundry.

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Jennifer Garner, 'Alias'

Jennifer Garner, 'Alias'

Ben Affleck’s then-wife got preggers with their daughter Violet during production on the fifth and final season. 

The writers made Jen’s character, Sydney, pregnant as well, but the show went on hiatus mid-season to account for her burgeoning bump.

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Jennifer Garner, 'Alias'

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Ben Affleck’s then-wife got preggers with their daughter Violet during production on the fifth and final season. 

The writers made Jen’s character, Sydney, pregnant as well, but the show went on hiatus mid-season to account for her burgeoning bump.

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January Jones, 'Mad Men'

January Jones, 'Mad Men'

When January got pregnant in Season 5, the writers had a lightbulb moment— let’s make Betty Draper fat! 

So, Betty suffered from a thyroid condition and expectant mom January had to wear a fat suit to make it look believable.

January Jones, 'Mad Men'

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When January got pregnant in Season 5, the writers had a lightbulb moment— let’s make Betty Draper fat! 

So, Betty suffered from a thyroid condition and expectant mom January had to wear a fat suit to make it look believable.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Seinfeld'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Seinfeld'

The only female lead on this ‘90s sitcom was expecting during Season 3, at which point she stood behind purses and pillows while filming. Good thing baggy fashion was in style back then!


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Seinfeld'

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The only female lead on this ‘90s sitcom was expecting during Season 3, at which point she stood behind purses and pillows while filming. Good thing baggy fashion was in style back then!


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Claire Danes, 'Homeland'

Claire Danes, 'Homeland'

The lead of this Showtime series got pregnant while filming Season 2, so they used CGI in post-production to rid Claire of her baby bump entirely. Talk about high-tech.

Her on-screen counterpart, Carrie Mathison, got pregnant one season later.

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Claire Danes, 'Homeland'

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The lead of this Showtime series got pregnant while filming Season 2, so they used CGI in post-production to rid Claire of her baby bump entirely. Talk about high-tech.

Her on-screen counterpart, Carrie Mathison, got pregnant one season later.

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Courteney Cox, 'Friends'

Courteney Cox, 'Friends'

Courteney was a few months along in her pregnancy with her first child during the NBC hit’s final season. Only issue? On-screen, her character Monica was unable to have a baby.

Mon wore out-of-character long scarves and baggy tops to disguise the bump, and also had the twin babies she and Chandler adopted to block her belly.

Courteney Cox, 'Friends'

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Courteney was a few months along in her pregnancy with her first child during the NBC hit’s final season. Only issue? On-screen, her character Monica was unable to have a baby.

Mon wore out-of-character long scarves and baggy tops to disguise the bump, and also had the twin babies she and Chandler adopted to block her belly.

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Lisa Kudrow, 'Friends'

Lisa Kudrow, 'Friends'

Luckily, things worked out better for Lisa. When she was expecting her son during Season 4, the writers wrote it into Phoebe’s storyline that she’d be a surrogate for her brother Frank’s triplets. Genius!

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Lisa Kudrow, 'Friends'

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Luckily, things worked out better for Lisa. When she was expecting her son during Season 4, the writers wrote it into Phoebe’s storyline that she’d be a surrogate for her brother Frank’s triplets. Genius!

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Hayden Panettiere, 'Nashville'

Hayden Panettiere, 'Nashville'

Hayden’s real-life pregnancy translated on-screen in Season 3 when her character, Juliette Barnes, got pregnant herself.

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Hayden Panettiere, 'Nashville'

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Hayden’s real-life pregnancy translated on-screen in Season 3 when her character, Juliette Barnes, got pregnant herself.

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Kelly Rutherford, 'Gossip Girl'

Kelly Rutherford, 'Gossip Girl'

Since the Upper East Siders couldn’t possibly imagine Serena and Eric Van der Woodsen with a baby sibling, writers disguised Kelly’s real-life pregnancy in Season 2.


Thankfully, there were designer purses and scarves galore to cover Lily’s belly.

Kelly Rutherford, 'Gossip Girl'

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Since the Upper East Siders couldn’t possibly imagine Serena and Eric Van der Woodsen with a baby sibling, writers disguised Kelly’s real-life pregnancy in Season 2.


Thankfully, there were designer purses and scarves galore to cover Lily’s belly.

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Kerry Washington, 'Scandal'

Kerry Washington, 'Scandal'

Of course, ABC handled Kerry’s two pregnancies like pros. In both Season 3 and Season 6, Kerry’s character Olivia Pope stood behind strategically-placed desks, wore more oversized trench coats than usual, and did more paperwork than we’ve ever seen.

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Kerry Washington, 'Scandal'

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Of course, ABC handled Kerry’s two pregnancies like pros. In both Season 3 and Season 6, Kerry’s character Olivia Pope stood behind strategically-placed desks, wore more oversized trench coats than usual, and did more paperwork than we’ve ever seen.

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Angela Kinsey, 'The Office'

Angela Kinsey, 'The Office'

Good thing this show takes place at an office. This actress also hid behind lots of desks during her Season 4 pregnancy… and a bunch of Angela’s framed cat photos, probably.

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Angela Kinsey, 'The Office'

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Good thing this show takes place at an office. This actress also hid behind lots of desks during her Season 4 pregnancy… and a bunch of Angela’s framed cat photos, probably.

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Molly Ringwald, 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'

Molly Ringwald, 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'

The show about teen pregnancy shifted its focus to middle-aged pregnancy in Season 4 when Molly Ringwald, who played Amy’s mom, Anne Juergens, announced she was expecting.

ABC Family wrote her pregnancy into the show.

Molly Ringwald, 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'

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The show about teen pregnancy shifted its focus to middle-aged pregnancy in Season 4 when Molly Ringwald, who played Amy’s mom, Anne Juergens, announced she was expecting.

ABC Family wrote her pregnancy into the show.

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Emily Deschanel, 'Bones'

Emily Deschanel, 'Bones'

When the Bones lead got pregnant, she admitted it was quite the curveball for the execs at her FOX series.

However, audiences got a curveball during the Season 6 finale with news her character, Brennan, was pregnant as well!

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Emily Deschanel, 'Bones'

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When the Bones lead got pregnant, she admitted it was quite the curveball for the execs at her FOX series.

However, audiences got a curveball during the Season 6 finale with news her character, Brennan, was pregnant as well!

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Zooey Deschanel, 'New Girl'

Zooey Deschanel, 'New Girl'

Her younger sister, Zooey, however, had a different experience on her comedy.


Instead of getting knocked up, writers had Jess serve on jury duty in Season 4 so they didn’t have to figure out how to disguise Zooey’s burgeoning belly. Then, when Zooey was on maternity leave, Megan Fox subbed in as the loft’s fourth roommate.

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Zooey Deschanel, 'New Girl'

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Her younger sister, Zooey, however, had a different experience on her comedy.


Instead of getting knocked up, writers had Jess serve on jury duty in Season 4 so they didn’t have to figure out how to disguise Zooey’s burgeoning belly. Then, when Zooey was on maternity leave, Megan Fox subbed in as the loft’s fourth roommate.

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Phylicia Rashad, 'The Cosby Show'

 Phylicia Rashad, 'The Cosby Show'

If you go back and rewatch Season 3 of this classic sitcom, you’ll soon realize those poorly-placed props weren’t by coincidence — Phylicia was pregnant at the time, and everything from pillows to stuffed teddy bears were used to hide her bump.

Phylicia Rashad, 'The Cosby Show'

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If you go back and rewatch Season 3 of this classic sitcom, you’ll soon realize those poorly-placed props weren’t by coincidence — Phylicia was pregnant at the time, and everything from pillows to stuffed teddy bears were used to hide her bump.

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Alanna Masterson, 'The Walking Dead'

Alanna Masterson, 'The Walking Dead'

Alanna filmed much of Season 6 while pregnant. Like with many other shows, AMC’s writers opted to leave the baby out of her storyline, and had her hide behind baggy hoodies, chairs, and apocalypse-like props such as plates and wooden barriers.


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Alanna Masterson, 'The Walking Dead'

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Alanna filmed much of Season 6 while pregnant. Like with many other shows, AMC’s writers opted to leave the baby out of her storyline, and had her hide behind baggy hoodies, chairs, and apocalypse-like props such as plates and wooden barriers.


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Keri Russell, 'The Americans'

Keri Russell, 'The Americans'

Keri and real-life partner Matthew Rhys were expecting during production on Season 4, but a decision was made to not have that be the case for their characters.

Fortunately, Keri was barely showing throughout much of filming, and was simply seated more often than not once her pregnancy became more obvious.

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Keri Russell, 'The Americans'

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Keri and real-life partner Matthew Rhys were expecting during production on Season 4, but a decision was made to not have that be the case for their characters.

Fortunately, Keri was barely showing throughout much of filming, and was simply seated more often than not once her pregnancy became more obvious.

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Ginnifer Goodwin, 'Once Upon a Time'

Ginnifer Goodwin, 'Once Upon a Time'

Ginnifer got pregnant twice throughout the duration of the show with her husband slash co-star, Josh Dallas. 

The second time had Ginny hiding behind “paintings” and “bushes,” since Snow White and Prince Charming weren’t ready for no. 2 just yet.

Ginnifer Goodwin, 'Once Upon a Time'

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Ginnifer got pregnant twice throughout the duration of the show with her husband slash co-star, Josh Dallas. 

The second time had Ginny hiding behind “paintings” and “bushes,” since Snow White and Prince Charming weren’t ready for no. 2 just yet.

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Tammin Sursok, 'Pretty Little Liars'

Tammin Sursok, 'Pretty Little Liars'

When Tammin got pregnant during production on Season 4, PLL fans feared Jenna would be gone from Rosewood for good.

Luckily, that wasn’t the case; most of Tammin’s maternity leave coincided with the show’s hiatus anyway.


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Tammin Sursok, 'Pretty Little Liars'

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When Tammin got pregnant during production on Season 4, PLL fans feared Jenna would be gone from Rosewood for good.

Luckily, that wasn’t the case; most of Tammin’s maternity leave coincided with the show’s hiatus anyway.


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Debra Messing, 'Will & Grace'

Debra Messing, 'Will & Grace'

Grace Adler’s portrayer got pregnant during Season 8, and TBH, the NBC series didn’t try so hard to cover her belly.

They did, however, have Debra sit out the final four episodes of the season since she was on doctor-ordered bed rest.

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Debra Messing, 'Will & Grace'

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Grace Adler’s portrayer got pregnant during Season 8, and TBH, the NBC series didn’t try so hard to cover her belly.

They did, however, have Debra sit out the final four episodes of the season since she was on doctor-ordered bed rest.

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Almost everyone, 'Grey’s Anatomy'

Almost everyone, 'Grey’s Anatomy'

With such a huge cast, it’s no surprise Grey’s has had to figure out how to disguise almost a dozen pregnancies over its span of thirteen seasons.

Shonda Rhimes and co. have gone many different directions with this, simply shooting from the chest up or hiding bumps behind baggy scrubs (Camilla Luddington), well-placed tables (Jessica Capshaw) or X-ray images (Caterina Scorsone).

More creatively, though, they had Meredith donate part of her liver so pregnant Ellen Pompeo would spend most of her time in bed, for instance, and April (Sarah Drew) get pregnant and deliver a stillborn child who suffered from a rare genetic disease.

Almost everyone, 'Grey’s Anatomy'

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With such a huge cast, it’s no surprise Grey’s has had to figure out how to disguise almost a dozen pregnancies over its span of thirteen seasons.

Shonda Rhimes and co. have gone many different directions with this, simply shooting from the chest up or hiding bumps behind baggy scrubs (Camilla Luddington), well-placed tables (Jessica Capshaw) or X-ray images (Caterina Scorsone).

More creatively, though, they had Meredith donate part of her liver so pregnant Ellen Pompeo would spend most of her time in bed, for instance, and April (Sarah Drew) get pregnant and deliver a stillborn child who suffered from a rare genetic disease.

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Celebrity pregnancies are always exciting, but let’s be honest — they sometimes cause issues when said celebrity is the star of a hit TV show.

Luckily, TV writers and producers have creativity in their blood and have figured out some pretty clever ways to either write their leads’ pregnancies into the scripts or cover the baby bumps entirely.

Scroll down through the photos to see how some of your fave series like Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, The Walking Dead and more dealt with their actresses’s real-life bellies.