October 04, 2011 09:00 AM

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Gorgeous gams!

Beyoncé Knowles covers up her baby bump — and not much else! — in a patterned babydoll dress Friday while stepping out in New York.

Currently expecting her first child with husband Jay-Z, the singer, 30, is glad her surprise announcement elicited such a positive reaction.

“I’m happy that people were happy and I actually didn’t announce it in a statement,” she tells PEOPLE.

“I said it’s better to just show everyone.”

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