Rihanna Shares Never-Before-Seen Maternity Photos

The music mogul's confident display of her baby bump in a stunning golden cut-out string bikini reignited conversations about the captivating and empowering nature of pregnancy.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Assistant Editor
Published May 19, 2023
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Rihanna and her gorgeous baby bump have once again set the internet ablaze.

The music mogul and soon-to-be mother of two delighted fans on May 18 by sharing a collection of throwback pregnancy photos on Instagram. The series of seven never-before-seen pictures provided a glimpse into her glamorous outdoor maternity shoot, capturing the essence of her first pregnancy with her son RZA, whom she shares with her partner ASAP Rocky.

In the captivating photos, Rihanna can be seen posing against a stunning ocean-front backdrop, wearing a golden two-piece string bikini. “Here’s a little series I call ‘Rub on ya titties,’” the pop singer joked. “In honor of my first pregnancy, embracing motherhood like a g, and the magic that this body made! Baby RZA… he in there not having a clue how nuts his mama is, or how obsessed he bout to make me. #maternityshoot2022 #tobecontinued,” she added.

Unsurprisingly, Rihanna’s 150 million followers showered her with compliments for these stunning maternity shoot photos.“Do I want a baby now?,” joked British radio host Clara Amfo. “RZA has the mama of the year,” Spotify added.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky recently celebrated their son RZA’s first birthday, sharing the adorable family photos on Instagram. The images captured moments of silliness in front of the mirror and relaxed bonding time on a cozy blanket at the beach.

In a March interview with British Vogue, Rihanna reflected on her new journey into motherhood, describing the initial months as “legendary.” “It’s everything. You really don’t remember life before, that’s the craziest thing ever,” she said. “You literally try to remember it—and there are photos of my life before—but the feeling, the desires, the things that you enjoy, everything, you just don’t identify with it because you don’t even allow yourself mentally to get that far, because…” she continued, “Because it doesn’t matter.”

Since announcing her second pregnancy during her Super Bowl performance, Rihanna told Entertainment Tonight that things have been quite different with baby No. 2 than they were with RZA. She revealed that she has no specific cravings but has been dealing with considerable nausea. “Everything’s different, but I’m enjoying it, I’m enjoying it. I feel good. I feel energetic,” she added. Rihanna began to gush over RZA, saying, “I’m in love. I’m obsessed and I don’t even feel guilty about it.”

As Rihanna continues her journey into motherhood, fans eagerly await the arrival of her second child and the potential for more beautiful maternity shoots to come!

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