Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov are officially parents-to-be!
“Baby Pashkov coming May ’23🤍” the caption on their joint Instagram post read. “We love you more than words could ever express.”
They also shared an adorable photo along with the announcement, featuring the couple cozying up to each other while holding up a tiny Nike sneaker to represent the little bundle of joy to come.
“We’ve wanted a family ever since we’ve gotten married and we’ve been married for eight and a half years, so we are more than ready to have a baby,” Karagach, 30, revealed to People in an interview published on Wednesday.
“We wanted to start planning this year and it just so happened that the timing was absolutely perfect,” she continued, revealing that she actually found out she was pregnant on premiere day for DWTS Season 31 back in September. (The latest season has since wrapped, with its finale airing earlier this week, on Monday, Nov. 21.)
Karagach also said that her star partner this season, Joseph Baena, didn’t know she was pregnant, but called him “a sweetheart,” noting, “he was really super gentle with me.”
As for the pregnancy, Karagach said she has been feeling “no nausea since day one,” although she was sure to be extra conscious of her body while competing in the DWTS ballroom during her first trimester.
“My body is just so used to dancing and being active that if I kind of go the other way, it’s too much of an extreme for my body,” she explained to the outlet. “My doctor was like, ‘The fact that you keep dancing is actually healthy for the baby.’ That was refreshing to hear.”
According to Karagach, she and Pashkov told the rest of their cast about the news before Monday’s finale. “I can’t wait to bring in a baby to the Dancing with the Stars family,” she said. “They’re all so loving and supportive, so to share that news with them was so, so special.”
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And Karagach definitely isn’t alone in the pregnancy journey, as fellow pro Whitney Carson also announced that she too is expecting during a recent episode of the show, while Val Chmerkovskiy‘s wife Jenna Johnson—who didn’t compete in Season 31—is also pregnant with the pair’s first child.
“I’m definitely going to be reaching out to a lot of my friends on the show,” she added. “We need all the help that we can get!”
Karagach and Pashkov have already received an outpouring of love from their DWTS family, with many of their cast mates leaving loving comments on their new Instagram post.
“I can’t wait!!!!!! I’m so excited for you both!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️” Emma Slater wrote.
“This is the best news ever!!!!!!!!” Sasha Farber added.
“Uncle jojo can’t wait!!! 🥲😍” Karagach’s partner Beana added.
Contestant Vinny Guadagnino also chimed in, “Already got the freshiesssss. Congrats !”