She posed for photographs with her hands crossed strategically over her middle.
But there was no getting away from it – Carla Bruni was displaying a baby bump.
The French president's wife had a difficult time disguising the obvious as she attended a launch for her illiteracy foundation in Paris.
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And if the 43-year-old wanted to be discrete, it didn't help that her father-in-law confirmed her pregnancy that same day.
Pal Sarkozy, 82, told a German newspaper: "I'm glad to be having a grandchild."
The pensioner added that the couple don't "want to know the sex of the child, but I'm sure it's a girl who'll be as beautiful as Carla".
Earlier that day Carla - who chatted to French actor Gerard Depardieu at the launch - didn't deny she is expecting with Nicolas Sarkozy when a TV interviewer congratulated her on the rumoured pregnancy.
She adeptly avoided commenting on reports by smiling and saying: "I congratulate you too."
The former model is rumoured to be expecting twins, due this autumn.
And though there's still been no official confirmation of a pregnancy, the evidence is stacking up.
Carla pulled out of attending the Cannes Flm Festival this week, citing "personal reasons".
She also refused to answer the question of whether she is expecting a child when asked earlier this month, saying she would "remain tight lipped" to protect her husband's career.
The new arrival will be the couple's first child together. Carla has a nine-year-old son Aurelien from a previous relationship while Nicolas has two sons, Pierre, 26, and Jean, 25.