Last week, Mariah Carey shared a photo of her pregnant belly on Twitter...
and this week she shows it all off on the cover of the new Life & Style magazine, which hits newsstands this Friday.
She tells Life & Style,
"I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn't want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans."
Mariah's expected to deliver twins - a boy and a girl - within the next few weeks; and she even spent her birthday, March 27th, in the hospital experiencing contractions. That turned out to be a false alarm though; however the babies were very active during mom's photoshoot!
"The babies were kicking almost the entire time; it was unbelievable...
"Especially the girl - clearly she's a diva in training! We didn't start shooting until 1:30 a.m. because I was in the hospital from the night before until the day of the shoot with contractions five minutes apart!"
says hubby Nick Cannon.
"I thought I couldn't love Mariah more, but I have a whole new appreciation and admiration for her,"
The couple are very excited about the upcoming birth, and have spared no expense on a lavish nursery, featuring 18-carat gold trim and ivory walls. The twins will each have diamond-encrusted iPods and a flatscreen TV that drops down from the ceiling.
"Now I have so much respect for mothers everywhere, especially those who've had difficult pregnancies or given birth to multiples. We need to have Mother's Day once a week!"
Check out more exclusive photos of Mariah showign off her baby bump in the new Life & Style - on newsstands nationwide Friday, April 8th.