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The notoriously private, and now pregnant, Beyonce just can’t keep mum when it comes to baby news. She’s announced that her and husband Jay-Z (and assumed godfather Kanye West’s) first child is due in February 2012.

In the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Bey speaks about the perfecting timing of her pregnancy.

“It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother.

“I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions. It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”

Making sure her marriage was in the right place was also important to the 30-year-old “Love on Top” singer: “We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want.”

There’s still no word yet on the baby’s gender although mommy B has reportedly purchased a pair of pink Christian Louboutin baby booties. A source told Us Weekly that the couple has already picked out a name and that “Jay told his sister to order a whole wardrobe of baby-girl clothes!”

We’ll just have to wait a few more weeks and see…

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