*Nia Long is nude and very pregnant on the cover of Ebony magazine’s November issue.

Inside, the expectant mom “shares her very personal pregnancy diary, the shocking news that made her knees buckle, and how she and her partner, Ime Udoka, are handling the changes and bracing for a new chapter in life,” notes Ebony in a press release.

“Long also opens up to Ebony for the first time ever about her humble roots, reconnecting with family in the West Indies, raising her son, finding her life mate–and about the pregnancy that wasn’t supposed to happen.

Long says: “The medical profession tries to tell every woman, ‘Have your babies before 40…’ Society tells us ‘Get married before 30…’ I think if we just take our time as women, and do what comes natural to us and for us, we would make fewer mistakes.”