The couple shared the exciting news about their first child together on the premiere episode of their new daytime talk show, Ice and Coco, which was taped July 24 and aired Monday.
“I’m 21 weeks. I’m over five months,” Austin, 36, said on the episode, revealing that she’s due in December.
The pair have chosen a name for their bundle of joy: “Already got a name,” Ice-T, 57, shared. “The girl’s name is Chanel.”
The baby will be Ice-T’s third child – he’s already dad to Tracy and Letesha, his two adult children from previous relationships.
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Austin told PEOPLE that she couldn’t contain her emotions after first learning she was expecting.
“I took the test and when I found out, I ran downstairs. He was on the computer and I was bawling, screaming. He thought someone died,” she told PEOPLE. “He was just as surprised as me.”
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Austin initially was told that her pregnancy could be high-risk due to high blood pressure, but the news caused her to change her approach to health. She said her body is now in a “healthy zone.”
“You never think it could really happen to you — that you can actually make a human being — and when you do, you’re like, ‘Wow!’ ” Austin explains. “Your body takes over and does it itself. You’re not putting the hands and feet together – your body’s cooking it and it’s amazing. It’s a miracle how life can happen.”
The mom-to-be’s pregnancy cravings so far have included a variety of fruit, including honeydew, blueberries and pineapple.
Despite the healthy diet, Austin has allowed herself one indulgence: soda.
“I’m not really a soda girl but I’m craving bubbles,” she said.
– Lindsay Kimble