How will ABC's ''Mistresses'' conceal star Alyssa Milano's pregnancy when the series returns on June 2? We categorize the clever (and often ludicrous) ways TV shows have bypassed a baby bump


The Closet Case Dressing to impress? These ladies cover up in couture.
Examples Poufy, flyaway frocks (Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City), oversize scrubs (Ellen Pompeo on Grey’s Anatomy), giant overcoats (Kerry Washington on Scandal), furry dog suits (Jane Krakowski on 30 Rock)

The Prop Master There’s nothing a conveniently placed baby grand piano can’t hide!
Examples Laundry baskets (Julie Bowen on Modern Family), gift boxes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Seinfeld), blankets (Phylicia Rashad on The Cosby Show), a poster for the musical Baby (Lauren Lane on The Nanny)

The ”Let’s Just Make Her Fat” Who are we kidding? Acknowledge the weight gain and make it a plotline!
Examples Daphne’s stress snacking (Jane Leeves on Frasier), Lily’s competitive eating (Alyson Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother), Betty’s thyroid tumor (January Jones on Mad Men)