updated 07/14/2014 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/15/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET
They’re undercover mothers.
When Eva Mendes stepped out on July 9 after news broke that she and Ryan Gosling are expecting their first child together, the actress employed a tried-and-true tradition among expectant celeb moms: bump blocking.
Mendes went for the full-on block, using a large Longchamp Le Pliage Héritage handbag and the equivalent of a load of laundry. Effective, but not the most comfortable-looking.
Other famous moms-to-be have also gotten creative when it comes to keeping their growing bellies from view: Princess Kate employed a strategically placed floral bouquet (dainty), Nicole Richie used a pillow (comfy), Kim Kardashian went for a water bottle (sporty) and Jessica Simpson opted for one of her favorite oversized purses (handy).
That’s what we call a Bump’s Best Friend.