Emly Blunt was pregnant with her second daughter, Violet, during the 2016 filming of Girl on The Train. She says her pregnancy “only added to [her] fragile state” while she was portraying the emotionally tortured protagonist Rachel.
Coincidentally, she also filmed a movie while she was pregnant with her first daughter (2014’s Into the Woods). What! Crazier still is that in both of these films she played characters who desperately wanted to have a child, but couldn’t.
Julia Roberts was pregnant with her twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus Moder, during the production of her 2004 film Ocean’s Twelve.
Jennifer Garner filmed “Alias “ during her 2005 pregnancy with her first daughter. Violet Affleck. The pregnancy was written into the script, and her character, Sydney Bristow, gave birth to a daughter during Season 5.
Reese Witherspoon was pregnant with her second child, Deacon Phillippe, during the filming of her 2004 film Vanity Fair. She said that her pregnancy helped her with the role. “I love the luminosity that pregnancy brings, I love the fleshiness, I love the ample bosom—it gave me much more to play with,” she said.
Sarah Jessica Parker was pregnant with her first child during the filming of “Sex and the City” Season 5. The season was only 8 episodes, so Parker did not have to work later in her pregnancy. Her son, James Wilkie Broderick, was born in 2002.
Claire Danes was pregnant during the filming of “Homeland “ Season 2. She reportedly used a “belly double” as she began to show, and her son, Cyrus Dancy, was born in December 2012.
January Jones was pregnant during the filming of “Mad Men “ Season 5. To cover up the pregnancy, her character experienced weight gain during the season, and Jones wore creative makeup to appear that she had gained weight all over – not just in her belly. Her son, Xander, was born in September 2011.
Naomi Watts learned that she was pregnant two weeks into the shoot for her 2007 film Eastern Promises. Ironically, she plays a midwife who longs for a child in the film. Her first son, Sasha Schreiber, was born in July 2007.
Cobie Smulders was pregnant during filming of “How I Met Your Mother ” Season 4. Clever prop work and costuming was used to cover up the pregnancy. Smulders gave birth to her daughter, Shaelyn Killam, in May 2009.
Courteney Cox was pregnant while filming the final season of “Friends.” Since her character, Monica Geller Bing, wasn’t able to have children, producers covered up the pregnancy by dressing Cox in baggy clothes. Her daughter, Coco Arquette, was born in June 2004 – and Monica went home with adopted newborn twins in the “Friends” series finale.
“How I Met Your Mother “ actress Alyson Hannigan filmed during both of her pregnancies. Her first pregnancy was not included in the show, but her second pregnancy timed up perfectly with her character Lily’s pregnancy. Hannigan’s second daughter, Keeva Denisof, and Lily Aldrin’s son, Marvin Waitforit Eriksen, were both both in May 2012.
Kerry Washington was pregnant while filming Season 3 of her hit show “Scandal.” Her daughter, Isabelle Asomugha, was born in April 2014.
Amy Poehler was pregnant during the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3 of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation. ” The seasons were filmed back to back to accommodate a brief maternity leave for Poehler. Her second son, Able Arnett, was born in August 2010.
Gillian Anderson was pregnant during the filming of “X-Files “ Season 2. Her character, Dana Scully, was abducted by aliens so that Anderson could miss a few episodes to give birth to her daughter. Her daughter, Piper Maru Klotz, was born in September 1994.
Morena Baccarin was pregnant while filming “Homeland “ Season 3. Her pregnancy was hidden by clever prop work and the wonders of post-production. Baccarin gave birth to her son, Julius Chick, in October 2013.
Lucille Ball filmed “I Love Lucy ” during her second pregnancy. The storyline reflected the pregnancy, but the word “pregnant” was deemed to risque for television. They could only refer to her as “expecting” – or “enceinte” in Spanish. Ball’s son, Desi Arnaz, Jr., and her character’s son, Ricky Ricardo, Jr., were both born on January 19, 1953. The baby Arnaz was also on the cover of the first ever issue of TV Guide.
Debra Messing was pregnant during the filming of “Will & Grace “ Season 6. She missed several episodes, but her character was also given reasons to stay in bed throughout the season. Messing gave birth to her son, Roman Zelman, in April 2004.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pregnant while filming “Seinfeld “ Season 3. She used large props like pillows to cover up her pregnancy. Her first son, Henry Hall, was born in 1992.
“Bones “ writers created a pregnancy storyline for the titular character, Temperance Brennan, when actress Emily Deschanel was pregnant with her first child in 2011. She said of the experience, “I’ll experience something in an episode, and I’m shocked because it’s exactly what I’m going through.” Deschanel ‘s son, Henry Hornsby, was born in September 2011, and Bones Brennan’s daughter, Christine Booth, was born in Season 7.
Julie Bowen was 8 1/2 months pregnant with twins when she shot the pilot for “Modern Family.” Her 2nd and 3rd sons, John and Gustav Phillips, were born in May 2009.
Helena Bonham Carter was pregnant with her second child while filming the 2007 film Sweeney Todd, which was directed by her partner,Tim Burton. Their daughter, Nell Burton, was born in December 2007.
Jenna Fischer was pregnant with her first child while filming Season 8 of “The Office .” Her pregnancy was written into her storyline as Jim and Pam Beesley were expecting their second child. Fischer’s son, Weston Lee Kirk, was born in September 2011, and PB&J’s son, Phillip, was born off-screen that December.
Lisa Kudrow filmed “Friends “
during her pregnancy in 1998. Writers developed a storyline in which her character Phoebe acted as a surrogate for her brother’s triplets. Kudrow could not fly to London for the Season 4 finale because of her real-life pregnancy. Her son, Julian Murray Stern
, was born in May 1998, and Phoebe’s nieces and nephew were born in October.
Marcia Cross was pregnant throughout the majority of “Desperate Housewives “ Season 3, but it was covered up by strategically placed props for the bulk of the season. At the end of her pregnancy, writers developed a storyline in which Cross’s character, Bree, faked a pregnancy. Her real-life twins, Eden and Savannah Jordan, were born in February 2007.
Ellen Pompeo was pregnant while filming Season 6 of “Grey’s Anatomy.” She gave birth to her daughter, Stella Ivery, in September 2009.
Jane Krakowski was pregnant while filming “30 Rock ” Season 5. Krakowski explained why the pregnancy wasn’t written into the storyline of her character Jenna Maroney saying, “No one thinks Jenna would be a fit mother.” Her son, Bennett Godley, was born in April 2011.
Katey Sagal was pregnant three times throughout her run as Peggy Bundy on “Married with Children.” While the first pregnancy was written as a storyline in 1991, Sagal had to have an emergecy C-section in her seventh month which resulted in a stillbirth. On the show, the pregnancy was rewritten to have all been a dream. Sagal later gave birth to a daughter and a son (Sarah and Jackson White, born in 1994 and 1996) and had another daughter, Esmé Sutter, via a surrogate in 2007.
Leah Remini was pregnant while filming season six of ” King of Queens .”
Her character was unemployed throughout the season, so Remini often appeared in baggy sweatpants. Her daughter, Sofia Pagán, was born in June 2004.
Parminder Magra was pregnant while filming Season 15 of “ER ” in 2008. Big lab coats and conveniently placed counters were used to cover up her baby bump. Nagra gave birth to son Kai Stenson in May 2009.
Phylicia Rashad was pregnant during much of Season 3 of “The Cosby Show,” but the pregnancy was not written into the script. Her daugter, Condola, was born in December 1986.
Jill Scott was pregnant while filming the first season of “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” Her son, Jett Roberts, was born in April 2009.
Jessica Capshaw was pregnant while filming episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. Her second child, Eve Hudson, was born October 2010, and Poppy Hudson was born in June 2012.
Jane Leeves was pregnant while filming “Frasier “ in 2000. The pregnancy was written as a weight-gain plotline for her character, Daphne Moon. Leeves gave birth to her daughter, Isabella Coben, in January 2001.
Rachel Griffiths missed four episodes of “Six Feet Under” Season 3 because of her first pregnancy. Her son, Banjo Taylor, was born in November 2003. She filmed throughout her second pregnancy, and the writers wrote her pregnancy into the storyline of her character, Brenda Chenowith. Griffiths gave birth to her first daughter, Adelaide, in June 2005, but Brenda had a miscarriage in an episode that aired in August.
Griffiths also filmed “Brothers and Sisters “ during her third pregnancy, but it did not affect her character’s storyline. Her third child, Clementine, was born in June 2009.
Kelly Rutherford was pregnant with her second child during filming of “Gossip Girl.” Her daughter, Helena Giersch, was born in June 2009.
When Caterina Scorsone announced her pregnancy in 2012, “Private Practice “ creator Shonda Rhimes wrote a pregnancy into the storyline for her character, Amelia Shepherd. Scorsone gave birth to her daughter, Eliza Giles, in July 2012, and her character gave birth to an anencephalic son who died soon after.
Angela Kinsey was pregnant while filming “The Office” Season 4. She gave birth to daughter Isabel Lieberstein in May 2008.