In August, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) will welcome her second child with her husband, Matt Katrosar. As she prepares to grow her family from three to four, making son Caden a big brother, the Emmy nominee is reflecting upon the miraculous changes she’s seen in her body over the past few months of pregnancy.
In an honest and inspirational Instagram post, Egan shared a photo from her maternity shoot with photographer Lara Everly, posing in a grove of yellow trees, holding a sunflower, and showing off her bare bump in unbuttoned jeans and a cropped white T-shirt. The Y&R leading lady noted that the photo was from “a few weeks ago” when she was at the 25-week mark in her pregnancy, more than halfway to full term. But Egan wasn’t just sharing the milestone in her pregnancy by posting the photo: She was also purposely pointing out the ups and downs and the figurative and literal bruises that have brought her to this moment in her journey.
“Posting my non-retouched belly, bruises and all!” the glowing mom-to-be shared, explaining that the black and blue marks are from the daily medication she administers. “They’re from blood thinner shots I have to give myself every day to keep the baby safe.
“Yes, all is going great with the pregnancy,” Egan clarified. “It’s just a precaution with my previous issues.”
Egan has been transparent in the past about her fertility issues, including two heartbreaking miscarriages. She and Katrosar finally became parents when they welcomed Caden Robert on Aug. 21, 2021, and now their little boy is about to become a big brother when the couple’s second son joins the family!
Embracing her baby bump and the bruises that have helped it grow, Egan explained that she didn’t see the point in covering up the discolorations that are helping her son develop and thrive inside the womb. “And then I thought, why should I airbrush these?” she continued. “I’m proud of my body and proud of myself for taking care of this sweet growing baby boy in my belly. Bruises and all!”
We think that Egan looks beautiful and we look forward to seeing the first photos of Baby Katrosar later this summer!