Pregnant Montana Brown shows off her bump in a patterned bikini

Pregnant Montana Brown shows off her bump in a patterned bikini as she reveals fans have warned her of the dangers of Zika virus while she holidays in Barbados

She announced last week that she is pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend Mark O’Connor. 

And Montana Brown showed off her blossoming baby bump in a patterned bikini as she shared a snap to her Instagram Story on Wednesday in Barbados.

The former Love Island star, 27, displayed her changing shape in the purple and white number – as she revealed in the caption that lots of fans have warned her about Zika virus during her holiday. 

Expecting: Montana Brown showed off her baby bump in a patterned bikini on Wednesday in Barbados - as she revealed fans have warned her of the dangers of Zika virus during her trip

Expecting: Montana Brown showed off her baby bump in a patterned bikini on Wednesday in Barbados – as she revealed fans have warned her of the dangers of Zika virus during her trip

She penned in the caption: ‘A few of you have flagged about Zika virus and me being away, it seems there is always a risk in a lot of countries and tbh I wasn’t aware of it.

‘I’ve been coming to Barbados for over 10 years and didn’t know it existed there. But it’s definitely made me think before booking any more ‘olidays!’ 

She also posted a radiant selfie to her Instagram as she enjoyed a boat ride in a one-shoulder green swimsuit, sunhat and sunglasses.   

Glowing: She also posted a radiant selfie to her Instagram as she enjoyed a boat ride in a one-shoulder green swimsuit, sunhat and sunglasses

Glowing: She also posted a radiant selfie to her Instagram as she enjoyed a boat ride in a one-shoulder green swimsuit, sunhat and sunglasses

According to the NHS website: ‘Zika virus can harm a developing baby if you get it when you’re pregnant.

‘It can cause problems with the baby’s brain and the baby having an unusually small head (microcephaly).

‘You can have Zika virus without having any symptoms. This is why it’s important to avoid getting pregnant for up to 3 months after you’ve come back to the UK from a country where there’s a Zika virus risk.

Secret: She later added another Story as she revealed her and Mark have not found out the gender of their child yet

Secret: She later added another Story as she revealed her and Mark have not found out the gender of their child yet

‘Speak to your midwife or doctor for advice if you’re worried your unborn baby may be affected by Zika virus.’

She later added another Story as she revealed her and Mark have not found out the gender of their child yet.

Montana penned: ‘Also we don’t know the gender for all those asking… lots of people say they can tell due to the bump which is cool.

‘I’m not sure if you can tell with my bump being quite small at the minute but I’d love to hear your theories! I feel like it may be a girl tbh just feeling in my bones! Place your bets!’  

Updates: Montana penned: 'Also we don't know the gender for all those asking... lots of people say they can tell due to the bump which is cool!' (pictured with Mark)

Updates: Montana penned: ‘Also we don’t know the gender for all those asking… lots of people say they can tell due to the bump which is cool!’ (pictured with Mark)  

It comes after Montana admitted that she has ‘thought a lot’ about how her heritage and race will impact her unborn baby.

She said she sometimes forgets where she’s from after being raised in ‘predominantly white areas’ as she took to her Instagram Stories on New Year’s Day to share her thoughts.

Montana shared a snap of her blossoming baby bump while getting candid as she shared her musings about race and parenthood. 

She wrote: ‘So excited for this new year, so many feelings ran through my head at the strike of midnight. I’m so excited and can’t wait for this new chapter.

Candid: It comes after Montana admitted that she has 'thought a lot' about how her heritage and race will impact her unborn baby

Candid: It comes after Montana admitted that she has ‘thought a lot’ about how her heritage and race will impact her unborn baby  

‘I feel grateful for this year and everything it’s brought to our life. It’s so crazy how your body is changing and growing something so special. I feel very blessed as I know it’s not possible for a lot of people. 

‘I also feel like I’m growing a lot as a person and my values are shifting. I’m seeing a lot more importance on things going on in the world and how on an individual level we can make the world a better place.

‘I’d like to do more for racial inequality. I sometimes forget where I’m from as I’ve grown up in predominantly white areas my whole life! 

‘Especially since I’ve been pregnant; I’ve thought a lot about my race, my heritage and how that will impact my child.

‘It’s crazy how bringing life into the world makes you really look inwards and made me realise I’ve still got a lot of self development and work to do.’

It comes after the reality star revealed she was ‘so shocked’ to find out she was pregnant because she had been trying to conceive at the start of the year but it didn’t happen. 

She took to Instagram to do a Q&A when she told how her and beau Mark struggled to get pregnant due to her low oestrogen levels.

Montana took to Instagram on Christmas Eve to share the jovial news of her pregnancy with her 1.2million followers.

She shared a video montage documenting the initial stages of her pregnancy, including her and her boyfriend grinning with their positive test. 

In her caption, she wrote: ‘Baby O’Connor coming next summer [white heart, baby emoji].’

Other clips in the post saw the reality star undergo an ultrasound scan and cosy up to Mark on the beach as he cradled her bump during a recent getaway.

Montana was seen lifting a small child into her arms, whose identity is unknown, before writing ‘Baby O’Connor’ in the sand.

Loved-up: Montana took to Instagram on Christmas Eve to share the jovial news of her pregnancy with her 1.2million followers

Loved-up: Montana took to Instagram on Christmas Eve to share the jovial news of her pregnancy with her 1.2million followers

What is Zika virus?  

Zika virus is usually caught by being bitten by an infected mosquito.

The virus is found in parts of: South and Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific islands, Africa, Asia

If you’re travelling to an area where Zika virus is found, get advice from a GP, nurse, pharmacist or travel clinic before you go.

Most people have few or no symptoms if they get Zika virus. If you do have symptoms, they’re usually mild and last around 2 to 7 days. 

The most common symptoms include: 

  • a high temperature
  • a headache
  • sore, red eyes
  • swollen joints and joint and muscle pain
  • a rash and itching all over the body

Zika virus can harm a developing baby if you get it when you’re pregnant.

It can cause problems with the baby’s brain and the baby having an unusually small head (microcephaly).

You can have Zika virus without having any symptoms. This is why it’s important to avoid getting pregnant for up to 3 months after you’ve come back to the UK from a country where there’s a Zika virus risk.

Speak to your midwife or doctor for advice if you’re worried your unborn baby may be affected by Zika virus.

Source: NHS 

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