Sources told E News, US Weekly and People that they thought Washington was pregnant at the Emmys in September, when she wore an empire-waisted gown that "hid her tiny figure."
"She's about four months along," a source told US Weekly.
This will be the first child for Washington and her husband, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who were wed in June after dating for one year.
But "Scandal" fans are wondering how Washington's real-life pregnancy will affect her onscreen character, Olivia Pope?
Washington could not be reached for comment and her reps have declined to comment on the star's personal matters. In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, Washington said she preferred to stay silent about her personal life.
"I learned through experience that it doesn't work for me," she said. "I've had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. 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, 'Okay, no more.'"