How Television Shows Hide Pregnancies that Are NOT in the Storyline

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While watching the B-season of the AMC hit show The Walking Dead, my husband pointed to a scene with Alanna Masterson where lots of chairs and other objects were strategically placed in front of her belly. It made us chuckle.

We knew she was pregnant with her first child during filming and you could see a little bit of extra weight on her face and we noticed the costume designer kept her in this over sized grey sweatshirt for most of her scenes.


During a taping of The Talking Dead, the new mom talked about the strategy of hiding her bump. She was grateful for not blowing up so she could be hidden but hilariously describes waddling onto set at 9 months pregnant for filming. ha!

It reminded me of all those scenes during Scandal with the producers of that show trying to conceal Kerry Washington‘s pregnancy after it was decided to not write in a pregnancy in the script. It was the subject of many hilarious blog articles like this one by TV Guide!

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The site TV Over Mind did a round up of a few other scenes from various TV shows where the crew and directors had to be creative to conceal a main cast members’ pregnancy.

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Alos, Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother, her character Robin was covered up with large clothing and scenes with her mainly  sitting at the bar drinking with her friends. Her co-star Alyson Hannigan‘s pregnancy was hidden with things like basketballs and weight gain explained away by her entering a hot dog eating contest.

Funny Stuff!

 

Did You Know Beyonce Invented the Non-Verbal Red Carpet Pregnancy Reveal?

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Speaking of Beyonce being pregnant, did you know that she pioneered the red carpet celebrity pregnancy announcement?

From covering celebrity pregnancy for close to 10 years, I have institutional memory in this area. Bellyitch was one of the first site’s to declare that the “bump watch” origin was Demi Moore’s iconic August 1991 Vanity Fair cover.  Since then, others have accepted that assessment.


A little while ago, I noticed that after Beyonce famously announced her pregnancy by cupping her belly on the red carpet of the 2011 MTV Music Awards, other celebrities have chosen to quietly let the world know they are expecting using that non-verbal gesture.

Of course, she is not the first one to break pregnancy news while talking to entertainment reporters on the chain line, but since she did it, Marion Cotillard, Gwen Stefani, Amber Rose, Kerry Washington, and others chose to confirm rumors and let the world know they were expecting on the red carpet.

I welcome anyone who will prove to me otherwise. Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook @Bellyitch! 🙂

Kerry Washington is Not Down with the ‘Pump and Dump’ Practice

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Scandal star Kerry Washington isn’t into the whole “pump and dump” thing, the practice of pumping out contaminated breast milk after a breastfeeing mom indulges in alcoholic, spicy, gassy or other food and drink that could filter to baby.

Instead, she has just been staying away from it all.


“I haven’t been drinking a lot of wine because I’ve been with child and nursing,” Washington told attendees at the Scandal cast’s panel during the Disney-ABC portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 10 in Pasadena, California. “I’m not really into the pump and dump.”

During the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday, the Confirmation star shared that her 2-year old daughter Isabelle Amarachi has been a very good big sister to her brand new 3-month old baby brother Caleb Kelechi.

“She’s enjoying it,” the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee told ExtraTV.

“It’s good. I’m an only child, but my husband [former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha] has many siblings, so he can walk her through it,” she added.

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Kerry Washington Welcomes Son, Caleb Kelechi

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Congratulations to Kerry Washington on the birth of her second child, a son that she and husband Nnamdi Asomugha have named Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, on Oct. 5.

The Scandal star confirmed her pregnancy in May on the red carpet of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.


The couple have raised their daughter Isabelle out of the public eye as well. In fact, she never even announced the birth of Isabelle either so it is of no surprise that it’s been over two weeks since she gave birth and news reports are only coming out now.

Congrats!

Private Couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Welcome 2nd Child You Won’t Ever See

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Congrats to actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds on the birth of their second child, PEOPLE reports.

The very private couple have not announced the name or gender of this baby. Recall, noone knew their daughter James’ name or gender for a while after she was welcomed into the family. The Reynolds’ are among a select fraternity of celebrities who have managed to successfully keep their children completely out of the public eye altogether, like Eva Mendes and Ryan GoslingKelis, Kerry Washington, Evangeline LilyDido, UK stars Rochelle Humes  and Lily Allen and Neve Campbell. 

Doe anyone blame them given that every other month, some celeb has to defend against mean trolls who have negative and hurtful things to say about their child’s looks?


Lively gave birth in New York.  The new addition joins big sister 22-month old James for in 2015.

Kerry Washington Wows at 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards

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Wasn’t Scandal star Kerry Washington just simply fierce on the red carpet to tonight’s 2016 PrimeTime Emmy Awards presentation?

Expecting her second child with husband, ex-NFLer Nnamdi Asomugha, Washington wowed in a gorge Brandon Maxwell dress with side cutouts. Who says you can’t do avante garde, sexy and chic while pregnant?


She accented the look she sported at the event that took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California tonight with jewels by Fred Leighton and a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels .

She was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for her role as Anita Hill in HBO‘s movie Confirmation. In addition, the film is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

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We were also loving the big full curls which looked like crochet braids with loose ringlets on top. Her make up was flawless and natural. Perfect! Bravo!

Kerry Washington Bumps it Up with Fans while Promoting New OPI Polish Collection 

Second-time mom-to-be Kerry Washington has been having fun promoting the new line of fall/winter colors she helped create for OPI.

Decked out in bump revealing dresses, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress attended various #Kerry4OPI events in Los Angeles this week. 


She posed in white before a fan meet and greet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and was adorable in a color block dress on Wednesday, August 24, taking a selfie with fans.

The Scandal star was recently named OPI’s first-ever Creative Ambassador and together with OPI co-founder and brand ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, created the OPI Washington DC collection with 12 shades, which are all available in both Nail Lacquer and GelColor formulas.

Washington is expecting with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha. Oneof the shades is named after their first child, Isabelle, who celebrated her second birthday this past April.

She’s been enjoying her new gig and has high praise for it.

“This is going to be a lot of fun,” the actress said of the role. “The fun, for me, is that nail lives in the crossover space between fashion and beauty. I love to play with nail color on the red carpet and explore new shades.”

Washington said of the polish colors that they are a great mix of the historical and the cosmopolitan – Washington, D.C.

The Washington DC palette delivers a dramatic, sophisticated spin on classic fall hues. From the authoritative red of ‘Madam President’ to the treasury-worthy deep olive of ‘Suzi – The First Lady of Nails’, OPI boldly casts its ballot for color pure and powerful. Fashion-forward lush green ‘Stay Off the Lawn!!’ adds a jolt of power to fall looks.

The 12 shades of OPI Washington, D.C. collection includes:

CIA – Color is Awesome

Stay Off the Lawn!!

Suzi – The First Lady of Nails

Pale to the Chief

Yank My Doodle

Freedom of Peach

Kerry Blossom

Shh…It‘s Top Secret

Madam President

“Liv“ in the Gray

We the Female

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Bump Watch: Kerry Washington has Been Sticking with a Mainly Black Style Pallete

 

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Since announcing her pregnancy at the 2016 Met Gala, Scandal star Kerry Washington has been laying low, but not as out of the spotlight as with her first pregnancy. She has made a few public appearances and in most of them, she looks to have selected to stick with a mainly black color pallete.


For example, at producer Jennifer Klein‘s 19th annual Day of Indulgence party held in the LA home of the Pearl Harbor associate producer,  Washington donned a black HATCH Chloe jumpsuit to the Los Angeles, California event held on August 14, 2016. According to the YBF, or other bump watch alums, Kristen Bell was at the even as well. So were alums Jennifer Lopez and Anna Farris, InStyle magazine reports. 

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Washington and her husband, former NFL player Jimmy Kimmel LiveNnamdi Asomugha are expecting their second child. She decided to not film her hit ABC show while pregnant and succumb to all of the crazy ways show producers attempted to hide her bump. The show will return for its 6th season in the middle of the fall season, and on election night to be precise.

“We are basically going to start out the season on election night,” how creator Shonda Rhimes has said. “Yes, it is going to play into our season, but we’re not going to spend our time playing an election.”

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She had to also get out of the house this past June 13 to collect her Actors Inspiration Award given at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation 7th annual L.A. Golf Classic Fundraiser in Burbank, California. She went with a floral light and airy Giambattista Valli bohemian dress with black and white heels from Sarah Jessica Parker‘s collection.

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The next day, she broke up the black with white and was there for her friend President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama when she spoke at the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC.  it was the White House’s first ever summit to push for gender equality.

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Out of all her looks, I love the black ribbed flare dress she wore during a taping of  Jimmy Kimmel Live‘ on May 12, 2016. And I also adored the Brandon Maxwell cape dress she wore paired with Gianvito Rossi pumps in April at an event (see first image in above collage.)

 

photos: Starcast, Getty, Insagram, YouTube screengrab

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Grey’s Anatomy: The TV Cast With Most Adopted Kids

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Of all the shows on television, we think the cast of Grey’s Anatomy has some of the most aware and generous parents who have opened up their hearts and homes to many children without parents or proper homes.  Several members of  Grey’s family are also wonderful about raising children of different background and parentage.

While we cannot say definitely if its cast and alums have adopted the most children, but we do know they’re up there in numbers.


For example, currently, we anxiously await the birth of Grey’s alum Katherine Heigl‘s first child. Meanwhile, she and her husband are parenting two beautiful adopted girls, Naleigh from South Korea (adopted in 2009) and Adalaide Marie Hope (adopted in 2012), a mixed-race child from a woman in Louisiana.

Heigl has an adopted sister, Meg, who was born in Korea.

 “Josh and I started talking about [adoption] before we were even engaged,”  US Weekly quotes the Knocked Up  star telling Scholastic Parent & Child back in February. “[M]y parents adopted [Meg] three years before I was born. I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea.”
True to form, Heigl’s soon-to-be-born son will have a similar experience of having older adopted siblings.
Not an adoptive parent, but her former Grey’s co-star Ellen Pompeo is also doing a wonderful job of raising her children of different race.

Pompeo is quoted recently stating that she surrounds her bi-racial daughters with images of empowered African American women.

Pompeo and her husband Chris Ivery are parents to daughters Stella, born September 2009, and Sienna May, born October 2014 via surrogate.

“My daughters are black so it’s very important to me that they see a lot of images of beautiful, powerful, strong black women,” Ellen shares. “Every time there is a black woman on a magazine cover, whether it is Kerry Washington or whoever it is, I make sure that magazine is in my house and on my table. For me, that’s super important.”

It’s also important for the girls to see the Obamas n the spotlight, she relayed.

“I feel really fortunate that they are growing up in a time [in which] the first president my daughter knows is Barack Obama,” Ellen said. “That’s an incredible gift.”

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Um doesn’t Chris look a little low key like President Barack Obama tho?

Show producer and writer Shonda Rhimes also has adopted several children. She is solo-parenting and raising two adopted daughters on her own, Harper, Emerson and Beckett (whom she welcomed via a gestational surrogate) ages 13, 3 and 2, respectively.

Bravo!

 

2nd Time Mom-to-Be Kerry Washington Returned to Twitter, Refreshed

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After taking a mental health break from social media at the beginning of her second pregnancy, Kerry Washington returned to Twitter yesterday and hosted an #AskKerry Twitter party with her fans. During the one hour session from 1-2 pm PT, she responded to various questions about her career, recent projects, her personal life and her feelings about recent events in pop culture and policy.

When asked how she spent her time off, the star whose career took off following the popularity of her hit ABC television network show Scandal, said, “[w]onderful. & productive actually. Spent a lot of time focusing on health, wellness, family, producing & development.”


She doesn’t give too many interviews where she discusses her personal life, so it was great that she let her fans in and shared much of it yesterday. Here are some of the Q&A.

We also know from the session that Emmy-nominated actress has been exercising this pregnancy as she tweeted about being on a machine while watching TV recently too during the tweet session.

And this…water aerobics.


She discussed her feelings playing Anita Hill in a recent biopic.



She’s coming back to Snapchat.


Check the other questions and answers by scoping Washington’s Twitter page HERE!

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