Alesha Dixon poses in a bikini and proudly shows off her baby bump

Pregnant Alesha Dixon shows off her baby bump in a leaf-print bikini as she poses make-up free after saying she ‘finally respects’ her body at 40

She’s expecting her second child later this year – admitting she ‘finally respects’ her body in her 40s, more so than she did in her younger years.

And Alesha Dixon made sure the proof was in the pudding on Sunday when she took to Instagram to post a couple of candid snaps in a barely-there bikini, flaunting her bump for the world to behold.

The 40-year-old stood under the shade of a tree, leaning against the trunk, looking out over the sunlit grass in the tranquil photograph.

Blossoming: Alesha Dixon took to Instagram to post a couple of candid snaps in a barely-there bikini, flaunting her baby bump for the world to behold on Sunday

Smiling to herself, she displayed the blossoming baby bump, covering up in a nude two-piece with a floral pattern.

She wore a flower in her hair and went make-up free for the snaps, captioning next to the post: ‘I have a lot to smile about lately! No makeup, no filters, just me and baby ♥ @azukaononye.’

Her husband, Azuka Ononye, also shared the image to his Instagram grid and his Stories, clearly enamoured and proud of his stunning wife.

The pair share five-year-old daughter Azura – whom Alesha credited recently with an acceptance of her body.

Expecting: The 40-year-old stood under the shade of a tree, leaning against the trunk, looking out over the sunlit grass in the tranquil photograph

‘I’m so comfortable now’: Alesha revealed that she feels more ‘womanly’ turning 40 than she did in her early thirties

Speaking to The Mirror the singer said: ‘The great thing about getting older is you just care less. I’m the most comfortable I’ve ever been.’

The Breathe Slow hitmaker, who rose to fame as a member of the girl band Mis-Teeq  alongside Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash, admitted that after turning 40 last October she began to saw her body in a new light. 

She continued: ‘After I had my daughter, I went through a phase where I was like, ”Where have the boobs gone?” Everything had changed.

‘Then I came out the other side and had so much respect for my body. I felt more womanly.’

The Strictly Come Dancing winner also discussed how she was alarmed by the amount of young girls in their 20s who chose to get Botox and lip fillers in an effort to feel more comfortable in their skin.    

Throwback: Alesha has candidly discussed her journey with how she views her body, revealing that she ‘respects’ her body so much more now than twenty years ago (pictured) 

Journey: The BGT judge, who is pregnant with her second child, admitted that age and the arrival of her daughter Azura, 5, (pictured) had gifted her with an acceptance of her body

Meanwhile, during a live show on Britain’s Got Talent, Alesha announced that she and husband Azuka Ononye, 38, who she reportedly married in a secret ceremony in 2017, were due to welcome their second child later this year. 

Speaking about the new arrival Alesha told the audience: ‘Over the moon, yes. Lovely place to celebrate it.’

Alesha and Azuka also share five-year-old Azuka who was born on October 2013.

The singer announced the birth of her first child with a message on Twitter that read:  ‘Thank you for all of your lovely birthday messages! I’ve had the best present in the world.

‘My baby girl Azura Sienna was born last week!!! I’m elated and over the moon.’  

‘I came out on the other side’: The Breathe Slow hitmaker admitted that after turning 40 last October she began to saw her body in a new light

Rising star: The Breathe Slow hitmaker rose to fame as a member of the girl band Mis-Teeq alongside Sabrina Washington (centre) and Su-Elise Nash (right) 

In her most recent episode of her podcast, Wear It’s At, in which she was joined by model Jodie Kidd, the singer also revealed that her partner was the only person to have seen her feet. 

She said: ‘My partner that I’m with now is the first person that I’ve been with that’s seen my feet.’ 

During the podcast the singer also discussed how she wished for her daughter to be comfortable with who she was and not feel the need to conform to society’s ideals.

She added: ‘I hope that I can raise my daughter to be comfortable in her skin and accept who she is, and not feel the pressure to have to try and look like everybody else.’

Happy family: Earlier this year, Alesha announced that she and husband Azuka Ononye, 38, were due to welcome their second child later this year

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