The babies are coming! From Rihanna, who redefined pregnancy style by making her bump the centerpiece of her style, to Amara La Negra who carried twin girls like it’s nothin and Keke Wyatt, doing what she almost does best (nothing beats that voice!) by expanding her large brood, many little bundles of joy are coming from your favorites in 2022, or have already made their arrival.
If you need a refresher, scroll for all the celebrity moms-to-be and new mommies on the block.
Wilkerson, an influencer and lifestyle vlogger on YouTube, welcomed her second child with her fiancé, NBA star Kyrie Irving, in October. The couple already share a son named Kaire, born in 2021. Irving also has a daughter, Azurie, 6, from a previous relationship. They didn’t share that she was expecting again publicly (though Irving did share this photo of him placing his hand on her stomach while holding their son). Instead, it was Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash who shared that his star player missed a preseason game because he’d just welcomed a new baby.
The entrepreneur and wife of Gucci Mane broke the news on September 9 that the couple are welcoming another little one into the Davis family. She shared a clip of her surprising the rapper with a positive pregnancy test, as well as video of her getting an ultrasound. Ice is going to be a big brother!
Actress Teyonah Parris let the world know she is not only a married woman (she’s been pretty quiet about her private life) but she’s about to be a mother. She shared a photo of her growing bump and her positive Clearblue pregnancy test, held by hubby James.
The radio personality and TV host recently broke the news that she and longtime partner Colin Kaepernick welcomed their first child together. She shared the news because she was heading back to work (hosting the pre-show red carpet event at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28) for the first time as a mom — a title she is immensely proud to have. “Recovering after delivery has been a journey (more on that later) and honestly I wasn’t going to share anything because this is sooooo personal to us and I realized I’m a complete mama bear!” she wrote on Instagram. “Colin is the most amazing dad and I’m soooo grateful that he is by our side for every moment of this journey.” She added, “I know sharing this allows me to connect with you in different ways that I never imagined. My conversations and life experiences have already changed. And my world has gotten that much bigger thanks to our sweet little baby who has shown me how to love in ways I never knew. Thank you everyone for your support as always.
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Nick Cannon has done it again. He is welcoming his third child with Brittany Bell and this will be his 10th child overall. He shared the news in a maternity photo shoot with the beauty, captioning a clip of them posing with “Time Stopped and This Happened.”
After saying “I do” in January (which we covered!), NBC News NOW anchor Morgan Radford and husband David Williams are preparing to welcome their first child. Radford revealed the news on ‘Today’ on August 22, noting that the pregnancy is a “beautiful surprise” after she chose to freeze her eggs before she was even in a relationship.
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Christina Wilds (formerly Hammond), the wife of actor and singer Tristan (or Mack) Wilds and a children’s book author, announced on her 33rd birthday that the couple are expanding their family. They are already parents to a daughter named Tristyn.
The singer and TV personality announced in August that she and husband Israel Houghton welcomed their first child, a son named Ever James. The baby boy was born via surrogate after more than five years of the couple trying to conceive. “He is worth every tear, every disappointment, every delayed prayer, every IVF cycle, every miscarriage. Everything,” the couple wrote. “All we feel is joy and overwhelming love & gratitude.”
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Attorney, author and TV personality Faith Jenkins just announced that she and husband Kenny Lattimore are expecting their first child together. The couple have been married for two years. “Kenny as I’ve told you countless times over the last three years I simply could not ask for a better husband and life partner and – now – father to our soon-to-be little human!!” the ‘Killer Relationship’ host wrote on Instagram.
“We cannot begin to express how thrilled we are for this next chapter in our lives!”
The mother of two shared the news that she’s preparing to welcome her third child, a rainbow baby after the loss of son Jack in 2020, with husband John Legend. “I don’t think I’ll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves but so far, everything is perfect and beautiful and I’m feeling hopeful and amazing.”
The ‘Married at First Sight’ alum and her husband Vincent, who fell in love during Season 12 in Atlanta, shared with ESSENCE that they are starting a family this year. “We married as strangers and now, together we are growing our family! Can’t wait to meet our precious baby and shower him or her with love. Our greatest adventure awaits us and we couldn’t be more excited!”
Surprise! The prima ballerina is a new mom. She gave birth to a son, named Jackson, earlier this year with husband Olu Evans. How did she manage to keep it a secret? “My personal life I’ve really kept pretty private my whole career,” Copeland shared with PEOPLE.
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The “Triggered” singer and boyfriend, rapper Big Sean, recently announced that they’re expecting their first child together, but her second. She shared a glowing photo of her bump on the ‘gram, to which Sean replied, “Thank you.”
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In June, the singer, who is our July/August digital cover star, announced that she is expecting her second child. “People asking me if I’m pregnant…I am and you know I’m very, very, very, very, happy about it,” she said in a Live. “Very excited about it. And this is gonna be — I’m very very excited because it’s going to be different from how it was before. It’s really peaceful, really happy, lots of help, lots of love.”
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The former NFL player and wife Asha, who share a 3-year-old daughter named Ari, and both love on Devon’s daughter Leah, announced exclusively to ESSENCE that they’re having their second child after experiencing loss on the road to parenthood again.
“Being in this season where it’s just, we’re harvesting all the hard work and the seeds that we put down in previous years is just a blessing,” he told us.
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The “Bleeding Love” singer showed off her bump for the first time in March, sharing an in Instagram post with the caption “Can’t wait to meet you in the Summer.” This will be the first child for the Brit beauty.
Rih Rih and ASAP Rocky revealed that they are expecting their first child together in January. The star is currently in her third trimester and joked that she would be “psycho” as a mom when it comes to protecting her kids.
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Back in October, the author, journalist and TV personality revealed that she and husband Jonathan Singletary were expecting their first child. Despite the fact that she has dealt with COVID and a condition called symphysis pubis dysfunction, Welteroth is pushing through and in her ninth month, and she’s gained a lot of support and a sense of community from moms in her life and online. “Extra grateful for the mamas I can text at 3am and commiserate with,” she recently shared on Instagram. “We are in this thing together!!”
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Amara La Negra
The star is expecting twin girls and shared the news last fall. She recently had a baby shower and opened up to ESSENCE in January about how her girls have motivated her. “I always said, one day when my children come, I want to be able to create generational wealth that my parents weren’t able to create for me. All the investments I have are my way of creating generational wealth for them. It’s important, especially coming from an immigrant mother,” she said. “I want to be able to show them all the great things I was able to do on my own. I want to make sure I raise two empowered and empowering women because my mom did that for me. This is going to be a very interesting journey and I can’t wait to share it with everyone — this new stage in my life.”
Wyatt had everyone talking after revealing in February that she’s expecting her 11th child (in reality, this is her ninth biological child but she calls husband Zackariah Darring’s daughter and ex-husband Michael Ford’s daughter her own). She recently shared that the baby was diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a rare genetic disorder, but she says her family “will continue to believe the report of the Lord!”
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Amani and Woody
Our faves from the New Orleans season of Married at First Sight exclusively shared through ESSENCE that they’re expecting their first child. She was six months along at that time and first found out after mistaking morning sickness for food poisoning. “We found out I was pregnant after I was about 8 weeks,” she tells us. “I had been feeling pretty sick after a visit to L.A. filming for the MAFS Boston special. I assumed it was food poisoning from ahi tuna but Woody hoped I was expecting.”
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In January, Dupart, the Kaleidoscope Hair founder and then-fiancée Da Brat announced they were “extending” their family. They wed on February 22, 2022 and right after that celebration, Brat talked about her excitement over entering motherhood.
“It makes me nervous, but it makes me excited, too. It’s all this excited nervousness,” she told PEOPLE. “We talk a lot about it. We pray about it. We want to raise the most beautiful, respectful, loving child and we want our child to carry out our legacy. This child is going to be loved unlike ever before and spoiled unlike ever before, but in a good way.”
The former Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star announced in February that she and husband Shawne Williams are expecting their second child after welcoming daughter Blessing in 2018. She broke the news on a flotation device in a pool with the caption, “The Greatest Love.” On March 11, the couple had a baby shower for their newest addition, meaning he or she will soon be arriving!
The social media influencer (and daughter of former Love and Hip Hop star Emily B) is expecting her second child with boyfriend, rapper G Herbo. She shared the news, including that they’re expecting a girl, on December 24, months after they welcomed their first child, son Essex in May 2021.
The former Love and Hip Hop Miami (and Atlanta, too!) star revealed in February that she’s expecting her first child. “I’ve wanted a baby for so long and it is finally happening,” she said while sharing the cover of Kontrol Mag, where she showed off her bump. “Thank you to all of my friends and family who kept my secret and made sure this moment was everything I wanted it to be. I’m excited to be a new mom and start my new journey with my new blessing.”
The multi-hyphenate actress started her Saturday Night Live debut by announcing her pregnancy and revealing her beautiful baby bump on the SNL stage. Palmer hosted the December 3rd episode, her first time doing so, but took a moment to share her exciting baby news during her monologue.