When Beyoncé announced that she and Jay Z were expecting twins, the result set an Instagram record. Not that it's at all shocking, since she is the queen, after all. Blue Ivy is set to be a big sister, and her mom posted every moment from her pregnancy in the form of picture-perfect social media posts. And yet, she still managed to keep the details intensely private although being continuously celebrated for her impeccable pregnancy style and at one point flaunting her bump in a piece by Dubai designer Mina Roe.
February 1, 2017
Beyoncé announces her pregnancy on Instagram. “We would like to share our love and happiness,” she wrote in a caption. “We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.” Artist Awol Erizku confirmed he was behind the artistic photoshoot.
Seven hours later
The announcement becomes the most-liked Instagram photo of all time, besting Selena Gomez.
February 12, 2017
Beyoncé performs at the Grammy Awards, singing a medley of songs from her album Lemonade and reciting poetry by Warsan Shire. The entire performance is an ode to motherhood, and she was introduced by her own mother, Tina Lawson. Jay Z and Blue Ivy cheered her on in the front row.
During her acceptance speech for Best Urban Contemporary Album, she mentioned her hopes and dreams for her family. "It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys, and see themselves," she said. "And have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent, and capable."
February 23, 2017
Beyoncé cancels her scheduled headlining performance at the Coachella music festival. In a statement, she said she was "following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule." She instead will perform in 2018, and Lady Gaga performed in her place at 2017's festival.
March 2, 2017
Jay Z and Beyoncé take Blue Ivy to the Los Angeles premiere of Beauty and the Beast. All three wore Gucci, and Blue Ivy wore a dress with a "25" patch, which may have been a nod to Adele, who had recently said Beyoncé deserved her Album of the Year Grammy.
March 7, 2017
To celebrate stepdad Richard Lawson's 70th birthday, Beyoncé attends a party wearing a figure-hugging black velvet dress and thigh-high boots.
A week later, she posts photos from the big event on her website. Some fans noted she was wearing the same earrings as she did in the music video for "If I Were a Boy," perhaps signaling she was having twin boys.
April 2, 2017
Bey posts a slew of Instagram photos of her date night with Jay Z, including one incredibly sweet shot of Blue Ivy hugging her pregnant belly.
May 4, 2017
Beyoncé's rep issues a strongly worded statement after a gossip blog claims she's had lip injections. “What do you know about the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s entire body? Please tell me," Yvette Noel-Schure wrote. "I stood silent during Beyoncé’s first pregnancy when you thought it was okay to bully her like the cowards you are, when you accused her of never being pregnant, but I simply cannot this time.”
May 4, 2017
Beyoncé posts photos of herself wearing a shirt featuring the word "Preggers." The shirt was only $23 from Asos, and it sold out almost immediately.
May 14, 2017
For Mother's Day, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Jay Z and Tina visit the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Beyoncé and Blue Ivy wear matching Dolce & Gabbana dresses. Beyoncé shares photos on Instagram a week later.
May 20, 2017
Her friends and family throw her a Carter Push Party, with guests like Serena Williams, La La Anthony and Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The next day, Bey posts artistic portraits from the celebration, featuring Jay Z.
June 16, 2017
News breaks that the twins were born earlier in the week. There were some reports Beyoncé went into labor June 13, but there was no confirmation on the exact birth date, names and sexes of the twins. However, some speculated she had a boy and a girl based on this photo of a visitor outside of the LA hospital with a card labeled "B & J."
July 2, 2017