Beyonce: It Was “Harder to Breathe” Performing While Pregnant

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With her baby due this February, Beyonce's bump is completely bonafide and undeniable these days — but, back in mid-August, when the superstar's pregnancy was still under wraps, she worried the evidence was already obvious.

Beyonce performed four sold-out, intimate shows at NYC's Roseland Ballroom, and strutted her stuff in a skimpy, sequined mini-dress with a strategically placed bib over her still-tiny belly. (She announced the baby news Aug. 28 at the MTV Video Music Awards.)

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"The whole time I definitely was thinking, 'Everyone knows, everyone can see,"' Beyonce, 30, said Sunday night during an onstage interview at NYC's Paris Theater, where she hosted a special screening for Live at Roseland, a concert film DVD documenting those shows. See more pics of Beyonce at the Roseland Ballroom.

The "Love on Top" singer also explained why she booked the quartet of shows at the tiny venue: With her baby on the way, the concerts would be her only opportunity in 2011 to perform songs from her 4 album for fans. And the mom-to-be certainly suffered for her art, too, she said.

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"When you're pregnant, it's a little bit harder to breathe, so it was hard doing all the choreography and singing at the same time," said Beyonce, who dressed up her increasingly huge bump in a brown and gold Roberto Cavalli gown.

The DVD will also be a great memento for the child, Beyonce's first with husband Jay-Z; Beyonce hopes the movie (featuring tons of home footage from rehearsals, Beyonce's childhood, even a glimpse of her top-secret wedding gown) will impress her little one.

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"[I hope he or she will say] I can't believe I was in that belly!" joked the star.

The new Live at Roseland DVD goes on sale exclusively at Walmart this week.

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