June 05, 2014 03:00 PM

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Hayden Panettiere is going to be a mommy.

The Nashville star is expecting her first child with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, PEOPLE confirms.

After announcing their engagement in October, the couple put their wedding plans on hold because of unrest in Klitschko’s native country, Ukraine.

“But we have time,” to plan for the big day, Panettiere, 24, told Parade in April.

Now, however, the actress and heavyweight boxing champion Klitschko, 38, may have less of it than they imagined as they make plans for a little one.

Although Panettiere has not addressed the pregnancy, she did hint at a future family in an interview with Glamour.

“I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age. I feel like I was born to be a mother,” Panettiere said. “Sometimes people speak about [having kids] like, ‘Your life ends — you’re never going to be able to do anything again!’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?'”

She added of having children: “Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life.”

Panettiere does have one hope though — that her children will be of a more average height.

“[We’re] too far on either end of the spectrum,” the 5’2″ star joked to Ellen DeGeneres of her 6’6″ fiancé last fall. “He’s got bowlegs. I’ve got knocked knees. They’re going to have straight legs. They’ll be normal height.”

— Andrea Billups with reporting by Jennifer Garcia

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