In a video message to PEOPLE readers, she says, "I'm hoping it's a girl this time!"
Laila Ali is expecting: The former Dancing With the Stars contestant and American Gladiator host exclusively shares the news with PEOPLE in a video message.
“I am pregnant again! I’m three months, and I’m so excited, my family is excited,” says a beaming Ali. “I’m hoping it’s a girl this time!”
Laila says her father, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is excited about becoming a grandfather again.
“My dad is an excellent grandfather,” she says. “He loves kids. He loves to kiss them to death.”
A former world-class boxer herself, Ali admits it’s a challenge to maintain an exercise regime during pregnancy.
“I’ve noticed I’m putting on weight faster this time, I started showing sooner,” she says. “Staying fit is a challenge, even if you are a former athlete such as myself, because you just don’t have the energy that you used to have. Also, I have to hold myself back because I want to work harder than I’m able to.”
When it comes to nutrition, “Pregnancy isn’t ‘I can eat whatever I want,’ because you have to remember you’re going to be stuck with a lot of that weight afterwards that you need to try to get off. So I don’t recommend ‘grubbing,'” she says, admitting she succumbs to the occasional pregnancy craving.
“I have cravings all the time, even when I’m not pregnant,” Ali says. “I made a strawberry shortcake last night.” And? “It was great.”