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Tori Spelling
is pregnant ... and proud!

The former "Beverly Hills 90210" star took to her official blog this morning to speak out against online critics who say she shouldn't wear a bikini with her growing baby bump.

Spelling says she caught a lot of flack for the skin-showing swimsuits she's been wearing this summer ... but she doesn't care!

"I have to say, I’m super proud of my bump," the 39-year-old writes. "Why should I be embarrassed and cover up something that’s the greatest gift a woman can experience? A pregnant woman in any shape or size is beautiful!"

She also takes aim at those who say it sets a bad example as a mother.

"I’m making a conscious choice to show my daughters that they can express themselves and be proud as a woman of their bodies," she says. "I don't ever want them to think that they should be ashamed of or self-conscious of their bodies, no matter what shape it's in."

In a new photo, posted today, Tori sports a crocheted top and another bikini -- with the words "Bump Proud" on her belly.

Check out Tori's other pregnant bikini and monokini shots in the gallery above -- plus more shots of her growing bump!

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