Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Credits Her Kids for Keeping Her Out of Rehab

Motherhood looks good on Snooki!

It was only a few years ago Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was spending her summers on the Jersey Shore getting wasted. These days when Polizzi isn’t in the gym, she’s managing one of her many businesses and she says it’s all because of her kids, 3-year-old Lorenzo and one-year-old Giovanna. Polizzi stopped by SiriusXM’s Wake Up! With Taylor podcast, and revealed what it took for her to get her life together.

“I always wanted to have kids but I wanted to wait till like, I don’t know, 27. But I got pregnant at 24 — so I was like: ‘Shit, I’m not ready, what am I going to do?” she admitted. “I don’t even know how to hold a baby. I hate kids! I wasn’t ready to make that transition.”

But when she found out she was pregnant, she says everything changed. “We have this switch that goes off. But it’s before the baby popped out — it was right when I got pregnant.” Polizzi immediately cleaned up her act, throwing away her cigarettes and alcohol, “to be a better person for my baby.”

Now, not only is Polizzi loving motherhood, her kids basically saved her life. “Thank God for nature!” exclaimed host Taylor Strecker. “Yes, right?! Because I’d probably be in rehab,” Polizzi admitted.

Listen to Polizzi’s entire interview below.