The celeb, of course, seldom needs to encourage the media. As far as the paparazzi are concerned, either a baby bump or a dress that attempts to conceal a pregnancy, even when there is none, is "proof" of impending motherhood, said Farrell. No matter what tactic the celeb uses to conceal or reveal, the media will interpret clothing choices to their liking, and look for the best camera angle to highlight an excessive belly curve. The celebrity benefits from media attention, no matter what. "She can't lose," said Farrell.
"Drama and attention sell movies, music and magazines," said Judith Sills, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia and the author of "The Comfort Trap." "Keeping the 'is she or isn't she' momentum going is a lot more thrilling than saying, 'Yes, as a matter of fact, I am pregnant.'"
Some female celebrities, however, genuinely want to keep their pregnancies off the media radar for the first trimester, said Sills, given the emotional risk that comes with announcing the pregnancy early on. If there's a miscarriage, you're forced to share a loss publicly that you would have preferred to keep private, she said.
And, added Drew, from a public relations standpoint, questions about the miscarriage seem to pop up "like a very bad footnote" with great regularity at every interview following the tragedy.
"Privacy enhances your emotional well being," said Sills.
It's a chunk of wisdom that Mariah Carey seems to be putting to very good use.