10/08/2014 03:42 pm ET

The Surprising Reason Why Women Are Hiding Their Pregnancies

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At five months pregnant, single mom Melinda Duncan applied to work at a makeup counter at a Macy’s store in a Georgia mall. The job entailed painting brides' faces, selling fragrances, and advising women on skincare. Even though the 31-year-old was in her second term, thanks to a tall and broad physique, she was not yet showing. She decided to keep the bump under wraps.

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