12 TV Pregnancies You Didn’t Know Were Real
When an actress on a hit show gets pregnant, producers have two options – either write the pregnancy into the storyline or pretend that it doesn’t exist and just hide the bump with clothes and objects. For these 12 pregnancies, producers chose the former and wrote them into storylines; however, not everyone was aware that these ladies were actually pregnant on their shows. Here are 12 TV pregnancies that you didn’t know were real:
12. Lisa Kudrow – Friends
Lisa Kudrow was pregnant during season four and five of Friends, so her pregnancy was written into the show. Her character, Phoebe, was acting as a surrogate mother for her brother Frank and his wife, who were unable to have children, and was expecting triplets. Initially, Kudrow had mixed feelings about including her pregnancy in the show. She was concerned that if something went wrong with her pregnancy she’d still have to play a pregnant woman but, lucky for her, nothing did go wrong.
11. Hayden Panettiere – Nashville
When Hayden Panettiere was pregnant with her first child with Wladimir Klitschko, her pregnancy was written into the show she starred on, Nashville, during season three. When Panettiere was suffering from postpartum depression during the following season and left the show to seek help, her character experienced the same struggle and was briefly written off the show to give the actress time to undergo postpartum depression treatment.