In two more posts following her initial announcement, Minaj shared more photos of her holding her growing belly. In the third post, she writes, "Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes."
News that Minaj was expecting came just a few months after the performer had announced she was retiring, then quickly backtracked.
"I’ve decided to retire & have my family," she wrote on Twitter in September. "I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, (X) in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE."
"I love music and interacting with fans, so I can’t really see taking myself completely away. But I want to be open to other possibilities in my life," she said. "I do believe it is important to become a woman outside of the magnifying glass. I have to make sure that I’m well-rounded as a human being."
Minaj and Petty tied the knot in October after nearly a year of dating. At the time, Minaj shared her martial bliss with a video of matching "Mr. and Mrs." mugs and coordinating "Bride" and "Groom" baseball caps.
"10•21•19," the rapper captioned the footage, appearing to refer to the lovebirds' official wedding date.
Minaj and Petty started dating in 2018 before becoming Instagram-official in December of that year. Their relationship made waves after Petty's criminal history came to light.