But the former star of The Hills has had a lot on her plate aside from getting ready to bring a baby girl into the world. On top of recently hosting the travel show 1st Look and keeping a lifestyle blog, she’s planning a wedding to tie the knot with BMX-pro fiancé Corey Bohan.
And in the July issue of Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Patridge — who says the best part of pregnancy so far is “feeling her kick!” — dishes on how that latter life-milestone event has been affected by her daughter on the way.
“It’s a little overwhelming,” says the mom-to-be, 31, of wedding planning. “After I have the baby, I have no idea what size my breasts will be or if my hips will go down or get bigger. So for now dress shopping, at least, is on hold.”
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Holding off on getting married until after her first child is born is the ideal situation for Patridge and Bohan, though, who wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I didn’t want to rush getting married because stress is bad for the baby,” Patridge admits, adding that Bohan was extremely supportive of her decision.
“Corey said, ‘Stop caring what people think. Their opinions don’t matter,’ ” she continues, noting that since she’s having an intimate wedding, none of her former The Hills cast mates are invited. “Anyway, we’ve already been together for so long, it’s like we’re already married. It’s just a title at this point — and a ring.”
Luckily for Patridge, she hasn’t really experienced any morning sickness, only some fatigue early on — and as a bonus, she actually feels amazing being pregnant, both physically and mentally.
“There were three or four days during my first trimester when I could not get out of bed and all I wanted to do was sleep,” she confesses. “But overall, I’m feeling good!”
She adds, “Watching my body transform has been amazing. I feel like a woman now.”
The soon-to-be mama is already very protective of her daughter, as well. When asked whether she would ever let her star in a reality show, Patridge answers simply, “Not until she’s 18.”
“I’m already super-protective of [the baby],” she adds. “This guy at the airport asked if he could take a picture with me and put his hand right on my stomach. I was like, ‘Please, don’t touch!’ ”
Although final wedding details are on hold and the nursery is still in progress — Patridge is creating a vintage mermaid-themed sleep space for her daughter — there is one thing the mom-to-be can officially cross off her to-do list.
“I’m definitely delivering in a hospital,” she says. “I’ve had friends who’ve gone without drugs and they’ve said it’s super painful but they’d never do it any other way. Meanwhile, my sister Casey, who has two kids, had an epidural both times and she made childbirth look easy. I’m not sure which route I want to take yet. Either way, I’m a little scared.”
Adds Patridge, “All I know is, the moment I feel my first contraction, I’m going to the doctor. I want to be in the hospital bed, relaxing, with my lavender-oil diffuser set up.”
— Jen Juneau