Emily Procter

Open car doors. Cardboard boxes. Maybe a cadaver or two.

Many are the ways Emily Procter plans to hide her pregnant belly this season on CSI: Miami. The actress, who plays CSI Calleigh Duquesne on the hit CBS drama, is expecting her first child with musician Paul Bryan early in December. She broke the news to TV Guide Magazine on Monday. "We played around with the idea of my character being pregnant and the general consensus was, a pregnant woman shooting people might freak our audience out." And so, Procter plans to duck and cover. "We shot a frantic scene this week where people were running to escape," she says. "I just stood behind the biggest guy I could find."

Procter says she'll only miss two episodes and has no plans to leave the show: "As long as I can get my butt back in the gym," she says with a laugh. It helps to have a supportive cast, she adds, particularly since "standing around in heels all day is much harder than I expected." What surprises her most is how sympathetic the men on the show have been. Says Procter, "You'd think a bunch of tough guys wouldn't really know what to say to a pregnant woman, but all the boys have been so sweet and cute — 'Can I get you anything?' 'Need to sit down?' — I think I might pretend to be pregnant even after the baby comes!'"

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