Pregnancy can be such an exciting thing that even when women find out their favorite TV character is pregnant, they can’t help but get excited. Afterall, babies are incredibly adorable, sweet, loveable, and can they change the way that you view an entire show. Then, if you are like most of us, you can’t help but wonder if they are actually expecting a little one in real life or if it’s just written into the script to shake things up. The burning desire to know whether or not they are really expecting is especially true if you love TV and celeb gossip combined! If you do love those two brilliant things, you are in the right place!
It’s hard to believe that women weren’t always allowed to be pregnant and have it added into the storyline until 1952 when one single episode of I Love Lucy aired and changed it all. It can sometimes be challenging to pick out the real pregnancies from the fakes one in a show, but that’s okay because we have you covered. Today, we have 10 TV pregnancies that were real, and 10 that just weren’t.
Some of these on-screen pregnancies may seem so real when in reality it was just some really good acting. Other times, you may be surprised to learn that your beloved character gave birth in real life after pretending to be pregnant on TV. Continue reading to see which TV starlets really were expecting!
20 Real: Emily Deschanel From 'Bones'
If you are a Bones fan, you were most likely shocked by the fact that Emily Deschanel’s character, Temperance Brennan, had not one, but two children added into the storyline of Bones. If you had been wondering whether or not Emily was pregnant in real life during the filming of her hit show – she was!
Emily first got pregnant during the seventh season when her character, Temperance, and David Boreanaz's character, Seeley Booth weren’t even an item yet back in 2011.
Emily was pregnant again in real life when Bones was getting ready to air its 200th episode. This time, Brennan and Booth were already married which made it easy to write the pregnancy into the script.
19 Real: Chelsea Peretti From 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'
In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chelsea Peretti’s character Gina Linetti affirmed her pregnancy roughly halfway through season four. If you were wondering if Chelsea was actually pregnant in real life – she was. She announced her pregnancy publically after the end of the third season after the finale.
In this show, the writers left their fans hanging in suspense regarding who the father of Gina’s baby was until the end of the season four during the finale. If you haven’t watched the show but intend to, this is a spoiler alert. The father was revealed to be the gorgeous Ryan Phillipe’s character, Milton Boyle.
18 Real: Lisa Kudrow From 'Friends'
Life is better with friends, right? So, it is only natural that we have Lisa Kudrow from Friends on our list. Season four was a big season for Phoebe. The writer’s from Friends were thrown through a bunch of loops when Lisa revealed that she was going to be expecting a little one in her real life.
The writer’s of Friends put together a storyline about Phoebe agreeing to be a surrogate for her half-brother so that he and his wife could start a family of their own. Awe, how sweet of Phoebe, don’t you agree?
In real life, Lisa had a baby boy. In the series, they had to add extra padding to Lisa’s already pregnant belly to appear that she was pregnant with multiple babies. In the end, Phoebe ended up with triplets for her brother and his wife.
17 Real: Candice King From 'Vampire Diaries'
The writer’s seemed to have been stumped when Candice King revealed that she and her husband were going to be starting a family – effective immediately. Since she was already really pregnant.
The reason the writers could have been stuck with what to do about this was that Candice’s character, Caroline, in The Vampire Diaries was a vampire. And according to legends and myths vampires don’t have working reproductive systems.
Despite that little tidbit of information, Caroline’s lady parts suddenly worked so that she could be the surrogate for her old teacher, Alaric, and his girlfriend. In this series, Caroline had twins who she ended up raising as her own children.
16 Real: Molly Ringwald From "The Secret Life Of An American Teenager"
Molly Ringwald already had one gorgeous baby girl when she started as an actress for the TV series, The Secret Life of an American Teenager. By the time the show hit season two, Molly found out that she was actually pregnant with not one, but two babies.
In the series, Molly played the role of a mother named Anne who also happened to be the mom of a teenage mom named Amy, played by Shailene Woodley. Amy got pregnant unexpectedly, so in order to write Molly’s pregnant belly into the show, they had to make it look like Anne had an unplanned pregnancy of her own just a few months after her daughter gave birth to her baby. Needless to say, if you watched the show, it turned out well.
15 Real: Gillian Anderson From "The X-Files"'
Gillian Anderson almost lost her starring role in the TV series The X-Files when she revealed to them that she was pregnant. The idea of re-casting her role to someone else, someone not pregnant, was tossed around but the creator Chris Carter fought hard to keep Gillian’s place in the show, according to Screenrant.com.
However, they didn’t really want Gillian’s character, Scully, to be pregnant. But they were able to write her pregnancy into the series. Only thing was, they did it in a twisted way and had it appear that Scully was impregnated by aliens. They hid Gillian’s pregnancy until late into the first season when they finally revealed that she was pregnant.
14 Real: Alyson Hannigan From "How I Met Your Mother"
One thing you may be wondering about is whether or not Alyson Hannigan was actually pregnant in real life. Specifically during the series when her character, Lily, in How I Met Your Mother was pregnant. Well, she really was expecting a little one. What you may not know is that Alyson was actually pregnant twice during the time that the show aired.
Alyson’s first pregnancy was not written into the storyline because they felt it just didn’t fit. They decided to hide her growing belly instead. However, her second pregnancy was written into the storyline. The next thing you know, Lily and Mashall were expecting a new addition to their family.
13 Real: Jenna Fischer From "The Office
Season eight for the TV series The Office got a bit more spicey during the premiere when it was revealed that Jenna Fisher’s character, Pam, and Angela were both pregnant. Originally, in the series, Pam already had one baby in season six. Who knew what was about to happen next?
Jenna and her husband, Lee Kirk, found out they were going to be expecting a special delivery. Sometimes real pregnancies can tie into storylines, but then sometimes they can’t. Jenna was lucky because they decided to write her pregnancy into the series in a brilliant way.
They decided that since Pam was going to be pregnant in the show, what better way to get more views but make sure that her rival also happens to be pregnant as well. The two together compete more than they should to see who makes the better pregnant woman.
12 Real: Jennifer Garner From Alias
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It’s hard to picture a spy like Jennifer Garners Alias character, Sydney Bristow, ending up pregnant. But season five changed it all from hard to believe to a reality when Jennifer and her then-husband Ben Affleck found out there were going to be having a little girl, Violet Affleck.
The series worked Jennifer’s pregnancy into the storyline they best way that they knew how. Sydney ended up having a baby girl just like Jennifer did in real life. And to twist everything up, they made it appear that Syndey’s daughter’s father had passed away during the first half of her pregnancy. Instead, he had faked his own demise.
11 Real: Lucille Ball From "I Love Lucy"
Lucille Ball was the one that paved the way for women to be able to actually be pregnant and have the pregnancy written into the storyline. This was major for the women on screen. Back in 1952 when they first wrote Lucy’s pregnancy into the script for I Love Lucy, according to tv.avclub.com, the ratings were at the highest they had ever been.
They welcomed Lucy and Desi Arnaz’s son, Little Ricky, on the show in December of 1953 just a mere 12 hours after Lucy had given birth via C-section. According to mentalfloss.com, Lucy was not allowed to refer to herself as being pregnant, but expecting instead. Needless to say, Lucy was really pregnant.
10 Fake: Jennifer Aniston From Friends
Since we already welcomed one cast member from Friends onto our list, we may as well add the other one. This time we are talking about Jennifer Aniston. Since it can sometimes be nearly impossible to tell if some stars were really pregnant while they were playing the role of an expectant mom or if they were faking it, we have answers for you.
However, If you were hoping that Jen was really pregnant while her character on Friends, Rachel, was pregnant throughout season eight, we are here to tell you that she wasn’t really expecting a little one.
The only reason they decided to turn Rachel into a mom was that they thought it was a good idea for the show, according to Screenrant.com.
9 Fake: Mindy Kaling From The Mindy Project
While Mindy Kaling, star of the TV series The Mindy Project, was playing the role of a pregnant OB-GYN whose pregnancy was unplanned, she was not really pregnant like most people really thought, according to Screenrant.com.
However, she did end up finding out that she was expecting but in the show, she decided to keep the pregnancy completely hidden during the entire final season of The Mindy Project. Which according to InStyle.com, “was confirmed in a series of nostalgic Tweets [from Mindy] ahead of the series finale.
In the series itself, the fictional Mindy had found out that she was going to be expecting a little one during season three. The fictional Mindy’s baby’s father happened to be her OB-GYN co-worker who also happened to be her new boyfriend, Danny Castellano.
8 Fake: Gina Rodriguez From Jane The Virgin
There were most likely quite a few people who thought that casting for the series Jane The Virgin was really going to cast a real pregnant actress for the role of Jane. So, it’s no wonder some people associated Gina Rodriguez with really being pregnant in her real life. However, she was not expecting a little one for real.
The basis of the show is surrounding this young woman named Jane, who had never done the deed before, and how she wound up getting impregnated accidentally by her gynecologist when she was only there for her yearly exam. It shows that from the very first episode of season one. Then, by the finale of season one, Jane finally gives birth.
It is possible that the series didn’t want to cast a real pregnant actress due to the fact that they tend to do a lot of frequent flashbacks from before Jane even got pregnant.
7 Fake: Sarah Wayne Callies From The Walking Dead
If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, which I am not – sorry, it was said that some people weren’t really the happiest when Sarah Wayne Callies’ character, Lori Grimes, turned out to be very pregnant during season three. According to Screenrant.com, everyone in the series had to break their backs to try to protect Lori in order to help keep her and her baby safe. But, if you think Lori’s baby bump was real, you were sadly mistaken.
Sarah was by no means pregnant in real life during this time. Lori’s pregnancy in The Walking Dead was preplanned back when the comic books came out. So it seemed only natural to add it into the series as well. However, according to Screenrant.com, Lori’s end during childbirth was not the same as the books.
6 Fake: Elizabeth Banks From Scrubs
In Scrubs, Elizabeth Banks character, Kim Briggs, is a doctor who mysteriously gets pregnant in the storyline quite unexpectedly. There had also been no indicators that Kim and the baby’s father, J.D., ever had relations before, to begin with. This was a real surprise for their viewers.
They twisted the story and left people wondering if this sudden change was happening because maybe Elizabeth revealed a pregnancy that no one else seemed to know about, and perhaps that’s why they quickly added in the pregnancy for Kim.
But that is not the case because Elizabeth was not really pregnant. According to Screenrant.com, they only threw in Kim’s pregnancy with J.D. because they wanted to make him a father.
5 Fake: Ellen Pompeo From Grey’s Anatomy
Ellen Pompeo’s character, Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy, had her fair share of child rearing throughout the entire series. In the show, Meredith has two children of her own, one that she adopted, and then we cannot forget about the pregnancy that she lost.
With all of those times that Meredith was dealing with her reproductive system, the real person behind this role, Ellen, could have had children on her own that the storyline of the show would have masked perfectly. However, she really was not really pregnant during any of her character’s pregnancies.
Although, Ellen did get pregnant in her real life around season six, but instead of giving her role more children they decided to hide her pregnancy behind large clothing and objects.
4 Fake: Angela Kinsey From The Office
Since we already have one castmember from The Office, we may as well have both of them on the list. There are some fans of this series who may have believed that while the fictional Angela Martin was pregnant and flaunting around her bump, that the real actress, Angela Kinsey, was actually really pregnant and that’s why they added the pregnancy into the storyline.
The reason people may have thought this was because of they both were actually pregnant. However, the real Angela wasn’t pregnant at the same exact time as her fictional character. The real Angela was pregnant during the fourth season. They did whatever the could to try to keep Angela Kinsey’s bump away from viewers.
3 Fake: Sofia Vergara From Modern Family
Modern Family fans were thrown for an interesting surprised when they threw something extra into the storyline. They decided to have Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria, get pregnant at the end of the third season. The even bigger twist came when they revealed the father of Gloria’s baby to be her older husband Jay’s son.
In the series, Gloria’s pregnancy seemed to be out of nowhere. So, some people started to wonder if maybe it was added into the story because Sofia was really pregnant instead. Sounds logical enough, right? However, Sofia wasn’t pregnant. She does have a son who she gave birth to at just 18-years-old names Manolo.
2 Fake: Bellamy Young From Scandal
Bellamy Young’s character, Mellie Grant, in Scandal talked her husband, Fitzgerald Grant, into having a baby with her. But not for the reasons that most people want to have a child. In the series, an audiotape from an affair Fitz was having with this mistress Olivia Pope was leaked. So, Mellie tells her husband to lie and say that it was her on the tape and in season two. To make the whole thing seem legitimate, this is where the pregnancy enters.
This Scandal leaves fans wondering if Bellamy was actually pregnant and that they worked it into the series since it was so surprising. However, Bellamy was not pregnant during this time and it was all planned out.
1 Fake: Emily Clarke From Game Of Thrones
Emily Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen, from Game of Thrones pregnancy during season one seemed incredibly believable to the point that fans thought Emily was really expecting a little one. However, that is not the case. It was worked perfectly into the show when Dany got pregnant by her husband, Kahl Drago.
In the series, Dany and Drogo have a baby boy but a sad twist of fate took all of that away from Dany by the end of season one when she lost her husband and her little boy. That is a lot of drama to put into the first season of anything.
References: ScreenRant.com, TV.avclub.com, MentalFloss.com, EW.com, Telltaletv.com, People.com, InStyle.com