Beyonce Covers Up Baby Bump for B-Day Celebration in Venice

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First-time mom-to-be Beyonce is still jet-setting — for now.

On Saturday, the day before her 30th birthday, the "Love on Top" singer emerged in Venice, Italy with husband Jay-Z.

Stepping out of their hotel, Beyonce covered up her growing baby bump in a maxi pattern dress as Jay-Z, 41, protectively placed his hand behind her. The duo are in town for the watery, romantic Italian city's annual film festival — where stars like their close pal Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Matt Damon, Keira Knightley, James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Salma Hayek and many others are promoting big-time films.

Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) has been the doting dad-to-be ever since the spouses of three years discovered they were expecting. "He was even concerned about her performing in heels," an insider told Us Weekly of Beyonce, who is about 4 months along, "but the doctor said it would be fine."

And even before the Grammy winning singer announced her pregnancy to her inner circle — later announcing it before millions at last week's MTV VMAs — they suspected something was up. "She's been hungrier for Southern cooking. Voracious!" a source close to her band says. "She always burns it off but hasn't been particularly worried about being in tip-top shape like she always is. When they told us, we just cried."

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