Anne Hathaway has surprised her Instagram followers by posting a picture of herself in an bikini on the beach. The actress shared the pic to show off her growing baby bump, explaining that since a pregnancy picture was going to get out anyway, she at least wanted it to be one she was happy with.

‘Happy 2016 to my beautiful Instafriends! So, posting a bikini pic is a little out of character for me,’ Hathaway captioned the pic. ‘But just now while I was at the beach I noticed I was being photographed.’

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‘I figure if this kind of photo is going to be out in the world it should at least be an image that makes me happy (and be one that was taken with my consent. And with a filter. 
Wishing you love, light and blessings for the year ahead!’

Hathaway’s pregnancy was announced in November, with a source telling E! News that the actress was in her ‘second trimester and feeling great!’ It’s the first child for Hathaway and her producer husband Adam Shulman, who married in 2012, after dating since 2008.

Last month a source told E! News: "Anne is feeling really healthy. She is working out and trying to stay in shape during this pregnancy Her energy levels are high. She loves knowing that a baby is inside her and this pregnancy is so exciting.”

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"She has some new cravings. She is at a healthy pregnancy weight and not stressing out about the weight gain,” the source added. Hathaway will next be seen on the big screen as The White Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass, which hits theatres in May.