When Roseanne was on back in the mid-90s, many fans were curious if Roseanne Barr‘s pregnancy in the show meant she was actually pregnant in real life. And truth is, it did!

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In 1995, Roseanne gave birth to her real-life son Buck Thomas with her ex-husband Ben Thomas after using fertility drugs (as she explained at the end of an episode she missed due to her pregnancy).

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In the show’s seventh season, however, Roseanne and Dan Conner (played by John Goodman) welcome son Jerry Garcia Conner (played by Cole and Morgan Roberts) in their forties. They named him after Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead. Before his birth, it was assumed that the baby would be a girl, but Roseanne changed it so the gender would coincide with her real-life baby.

During Season 8, Roseanne revealed that her character became pregnant three months before she did.

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And that’s not the only storyline that coincided with a real-life pregnancy in the show! During Season 6, Laurie Metcalf’s character, Jackie Harris, was sporting a huge baby bump, and as many fans picked up right away, she was also pregnant in real life!


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