Melissa Rycroft Announces She’s Pregnant

Melissa Rycroft and her new husband, insurance agent Tye Strickland, happily announced to US Weekly that they’re expecting their first child together.

Rycroft, the Bachelor cast-off who turned her fame and public support into a Dancing With the Stars whirlwind, says the two “weren’t even trying” to have a baby, and that it’s “a shock” … in a good way.

“It’s the most wonderful surprise in the world … It’s such a blessing.”

The 27-year-old reality starlet, who will be hosting ABC’s new show Bachelor Pad this summer, says that her husband  “wanted the kids right away, and I was laughing at him going, ‘No, not ready!'”

While the sex of the baby hasn’t been determined just yet, Rycroft says she’s itching for a boy, while Tye hopes to have a baby girl. She also jokes that she’s been “eating everything in sight,” and that thanks to her hearty appetite, “I’m going to swell and gain 90 pounds … but it’s not about me anymore!”