Danielle Brooks is currently floating on Cloud nine.
The Orange Is the New Black star announced earlier this month that she’s expecting her first child with her partner by posting a photo of herself to Instagram holding a positive pregnancy test, revealing that she was 20 weeks. “So elated to finally share this news with you all. I’m happily pregnant!” she wrote.
Now that the good news is out, she can’t stop being awestruck over her pregnancy and we don’t blame her. The 29-year-old, who is already glowing, posted a new image to her page of herself lying down, wearing lingerie, boldly showing off her growing baby bump. She captioned the photo, “Still in awe.”
Brooks is preparing to welcome her first child as OITNB comes to an end (the finale premieres July 26). The show gave her the breakout role of Taystee. That’s likely why when she informed the public that she was expecting, she wrote, “When one chapter ends, another begins,. Super excited to share with you my new beginning, I’M PREGNANT.”
The assumption is that Brooks is expecting a child with her boyfriend, whom she calls “D,” and who she revealed to her followers in 2018 with the caption, “What I’ve always imagined love to feel like…”
She most recently reminded us that they are together with a photo on Valentine’s Day:
We look forward to seeing the ways Danielle embraces this pregnancy, and soon enough, motherhood overall. We have a feeling she will give her child some pretty amazing advice and encouragement because she’s made it her mission for so long to be an inspiration to young girls.
“I hope that my platform really does show young girls that they can do it being their selves,” she said in 2016, “whether you do have very Christian values or not, whether you are plus-size or not, dark skin, whatever that is, I just want people to know that you can be yourself and make it into this business.”