The Emmy-nominated actress is expecting her first child with her husband, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and is about four months along, Us Weekly reports.
"Kerry and Nnamdi are ecstatic," a source told People, adding that the child is due in late spring.
However, with a hosting stint on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, Washington "didn't want the focus to be on whether or not she has a bump."
The more pressing question is how will "Scandal" deal with a growing Olivia Pope: Will it play into the story line and be a love child with the president or secret agent Jake? Or should we just expect some clever belly-concealing camera work?
According to E! News, it sounds like the latter.
"She had planned to wait longer because the pregnancy is being well hidden on 'Scandal' with her trademark coats, but it will be pretty obvious on 'Saturday Night Live' this Saturday," another source told E!. "So she decided to start telling people now."
"I'm walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you," she said in a September interview with Glamour. "But I'm going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold."
But don't expect the fabulously frocked fashionista to gush about her pregnancy.
"I learned through experience that it doesn't work for me to talk about my personal life," she told Glamour.
"I've had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it," she said. "But I couldn't just turn around and say, 'I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.' So I just thought, 'OK, no more.'"
Earlier this month, Washington was named creative consultant for L.A.-based beauty brand Neutrogena, for whom she'll appear in ads for 2014 and also will advise on products and marketing, All the Rage reported.
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