Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy are going to be mother and father!

The Dancing with the Stars couple, who tied the knot in 2019, are anticipating their first child — and PEOPLE has all of the particular particulars of how and when the duo came upon, the loopy cravings Johnson has been experiencing, and what their journey to parenthood has been like up to now.

“We bought residence [from a trip to Cabo] and about two weeks later I used to be like, ‘Wait a minute, my boobs are feeling very huge and really sore. I have not began my interval but.’ So I peed on a stick and instantly it simply turned optimistic,” Johnson, 28, recalled. “The shock and simply disbelief was insane. I could not consider it as a result of it wasn’t a simple journey for us to get pregnant.”

“However all people tells you, ‘Once you simply loosen up and you do not put the stress on your self, it occurs for you.’ That is precisely what occurred,” she added. “I feel it was precisely when it was meant to be. Our little child was created with a number of love. All of it appears so magical and meant to be.”

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Thrilled to spill the beans, Johnson wished to ensure she shared the information with Chmerkovskiy, 36, in essentially the most memorable approach.

“I went and I bought these little Child Jordans, these white sneakers,” she stated. “I put them in a field that was his dimension of Nikes. So he did not count on something. Then I put two little being pregnant checks in there. I had been shaking at residence ready for him to come back residence. So he nonchalantly walked in and he, sarcastically sufficient, had a bag of Nikes. I used to be like, ‘Did you buy groceries at present?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, I bought myself some new sneakers.’ I am like, ‘No approach. I bought some too at present.’”

“He came to visit and chucked off the lid of the field and began rummaging by means of it,” she added. “He seemed on the footwear and was like, ‘How small are these sneakers?’ Then it hit him and his face … it was priceless.”

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Simply shy of her second trimester, Johnson says her first trimester has been fairly the journey — however she has been doing every thing in her energy to remain conscious and optimistic.

“The primary trimester is a scary time and there are such a lot of issues that may go unsuitable, probably,” she stated. “I simply have taken this time to essentially loosen up and attempt to keep calm and hold my physique wholesome. Which has been exhausting, as a result of I am a very energetic particular person. I like to work out. I like to bounce. However I’ve simply made it a precedence for myself to essentially make a shift and to prioritize the child and what was taking place and all of those new modifications.”

“Among the best issues for me was discovering peace and never having to really feel like I wanted to be so busy and insanely energetic,” she continued. “I feel I am simply giving my physique the mandatory relaxation. I feel that is the very best factor I can do for myself. It is also simply taught me that I might be okay with downtime. I need not overwork myself.”

So far as the bodily transformations and modifications she continues to undergo, Johnson — who’s due in January 2023 — is totally embracing each second.

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“On daily basis once I look within the mirror and I get larger and greater, it simply hits me what’s taking place,” stated Johnson — who loved her first maternity photoshoot earlier this week, shot by Claire Lejeune and glammed up by Emma Willis and Rachel Harper. “I simply assume I attempt to discover methods to be tremendous grateful and discover moments of gratitude. I began just a little gratitude journal. Simply daily I write what’s taking place in my physique. What I’ve favored. What I do not like. However simply how magical the expertise is. So I feel making an attempt to maintain my thoughts in that mindset has been actually useful for me.”

“Val is simply so humorous on this complete expertise,” she added. “He’s obsessive about my physique rising. He is simply obsessive about every thing. The boobs, the butt, the stomach. So for him to be so candy and optimistic about my physique, has simply made me really feel so lovely.”

And Johnson’s cravings? Recent fruit … and pickles, please!

“I have been consuming it in abundance,” she stated. “Watermelon. Mangoes. Papaya. Pineapple. I may in all probability pound tons of of them in a single sitting. As nicely, smoothies. Chilly smoothies all the time sounded good. Now, I might say my cravings are pickles. Significantly, I may crack open a jar of pickles at any time of the day and be so stoked.”

Whereas the duo continues to arrange for parenthood, Johnson stated she’s most wanting ahead to watching the love of her life turn out to be a dad.

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“If he’s something like he’s as a husband, he will be the very best dad on the planet,” she stated. “He’s so selfless and loving. Between the 2 of us, he’s by far the extra affected person one. So I feel, all of those little attributes are going to only make him an unbelievable dad.”

“Once I see him with little youngsters, he is the very best,” she added. “He is all the time the favourite uncle. All people desires to play with him or do one thing with him. He is simply the very best. He simply is aware of the best way to converse to them and the best way to deal with them. Learn how to make them really feel so assured and excited.”

Whereas Chmerkovskiy hopes to come back again to DWTS within the fallJohnson will proceed to give attention to the well being and well-being of their child.

Congratulations, Chmerkovskiys!

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