Shakira shows off her baby bump with a brand-new photo. (Photo/Courtesy Shakira Instagram)

Shakira asks fans for support “on this very important day”

It looks like congratulations are possibly in order as Shakira prepares for motherhood!

“I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life,” tweeted the bilingual pop star, hinting at the news of an important arrival.

The tweet was posted amid a flurry of internet reports announcing that Shakira intended to give birth on Tuesday. Spanish daily La Razón created a splash with news that the 35-year-old Colombiana made plans for an induction after being admitted to a hospital in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, while numerous other American outlets added to the media hype surrounding birth of the singer’s first baby.

The story went nearly viral after an Instagram account under boyfriend Gerard Piqué’s name posted an announcement that seemed the verify the news.

“This Tuesday we are going to have our first child!” read the Instagram page, which has not been officially verified by the soccer player.

The speculation regarding Shakira’s delivery follows the release of several semi-nude photos of the photogenic couple – who met in 2010 on the set of her music video for the South Africa World cup theme song “Waka Waka” – in conjunction with a new charity initiative encouraging fans to send donations to poverty-stricken children.

Soccer star and excited father Gerard Piqué shared this ultrasound of his son in December.

Soccer star and excited father Gerard Piqué shared this ultrasound of his son in December. (Photo/Courtesy Gerard Piqué Facebook)

The philanthropic project, coined “Shakira & Gerard Piqué’s World Baby Shower to Help UNICEF Save Children’s Lives,” allows donors to choose from a number of ““Inspired Gifts,” which include a baby scale ($37), polio vaccine ($10) or even a $5 malaria net, all which will be donated to children in need.

To announce the charity, Shakira tweeted one of the images picture of she and FC Barcelona soccer star Piqué with the caption “We’d like to celebrate the imminent birth of our first child with all of you.”

The philanthropically-minded star – who has been a UNICEF global ambassador since 2003, founded her own charity, and has worked with the Clinton Global Initiative – has gone on record about bringing up her first-born to put others first.

“When the baby is born, I’ll take him with me on charity trips,” she Germany’s RTL  in October of her approach to motherhood. “He shall learn that he is able to change the world.”

And while no official news regarding the birth of Shakira’s baby has yet been released, it looks like her professional engagements — including her appearance on NBC singing competition  “The Voice” in March — may make her anxious for a timely delivery.

Shakira’s publicist has not returned NBC Latino’s request to confirm news of the birth.

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