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Resident Evil: Afterlife actress Ali Larter is now proudly showing off her baby bump, but she admits that during her first trimester, she went to great lengths to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Larter told People magazine:
"It was a very private time for me and my husband and something that I just wasn't ready to share, so we actually left the country for a while," she says, adding that "this was something that I wasn't ready to share yet. So we came back from Europe, and I said to my husband, 'I just want to go to lunch with my girlfriends. I just want to live my life.' I was four months [pregnant], and it was just time to start living my life."
No, the average expectant mom doesn't have the luxury of flying off to Europe to avoid spilling the beans about her pregnancy, but Larter's desire to keep things quiet isn't unusual. Couples often choose to keep their news to themselves or share it with just a handful of close friends and family (usually until the second trimester, when the risk of miscarriage goes way down). But the secret gets harder to keep as the weeks go on, and many women find themselves making up lies to explain their fatigue, weight gain and constant trips to the bathroom. Others have trouble keeping their excitement under wraps.
I didn't keep either of my pregnancies a secret. The first was so hard-won that I could barely keep my mouth shut until my husband got home from work -- then he, and everyone else we know, got an earful. And the second was such a sweet surprise that we couldn't not share. Sometimes, you just can't keep happiness from bubbling over -- but then again, I didn't have paparazzi following me 24/7.