June 03, 2016 12:30 PM

It’s been almost two and a half years since Laura Linney gave birth to son Bennett Armistead, and now she’s opening up as to why she kept her pregnancy under wraps.

“You were on our show and pregnant, and we didn’t even know!” Kelly Ripa told the actress on Friday’s episode of Live with Kelly.

“Well, I was an older mother-to-be, and it had taken me a very long time to have a child,” replies the Love Actually star, who is now 52. “I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy.

“I just was very quiet about it — I didn’t hide it intentionally, I just didn’t advertise it,” she adds. “So it was the right thing for me and my family.”

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Bennett is the only child for Linney, who married husband Marc Schauer in 2009. And Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos — as her co-host Friday — had a few questions of his own for the John Adams star.

“But at a certain point, it’s hard not to advertise it, right?” he asks.

“No, I was going to the theater when I was eight months pregnant, no one said a thing,” the four-time Emmy-winning actress explains. “I mean, I wasn’t hiding!”

She continues, “Then when I actually had the baby, this big deal was made about, ‘She was secret, secret, secret!’ I just didn’t [hold up] a sign that said, ‘Hi, I’m pregnant now.’ ”

Bennett is doing “great” today, according to his mom. And even though no one really picked up on the fact that Linney was expecting at the time, she wasn’t immune to the infamous pregnancy symptoms.

“I vomited a lot,” she admits with a laugh. “A lot.”

Jen Juneau

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