July 26, 2007 10:35 PM

With just a few weeks before her first baby is born, Trista Sutter from ABC’s The Bachelorette talks about babies, eBay, and what it’s like to hold a newborn diaper in your hands. She and husband Ryan Sutter expect their new addition on August 23rd and are keeping the sex a delivery surprise.

Click below for the entire interview, including her fertility struggles, details on Trista’s pregnancy, what she wasn’t expecting — including her gestational diabetes — how she and Ryan have decorated the nursery, and an exclusive GIVEAWAY!

You’ve been very honest about the fact that it took a while for you to become pregnant.

It goes along with my personality. I got married and shared thatpart of my life on television. I am proud of my life and have peoplearound me who love and support me and my decisions. Also, I feel thatany experience I have that can help another person, or give theminspiration, is great, especially with something as important asbecoming a mother.

How has the pregnancy been?

The first four months were awful! I didn’t just have morning sickness; I had morning, noon and night sickness! I was pretty much on the couch all day long. Once I got into my second trimester, I got my energy back and felt much better. I have really enjoyed this little person growing inside of me.

What has been the best advice you’ve gotten so far?

The #1 piece of advice that everyone gives me is to sleep while you can. Anyone who knows me knows I like my sleep! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to sleep well during the pregnancy.

What has happened during the pregnancy that you were not expecting?

EVERYTHING! For one thing, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in my 7th month, and I wasn’t expecting that. I expected to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. During the pregnancy, I’ve been craving desserts and carbs like crazy, especially Marble Slab Creamery ice cream!   

I also wasn’t expecting all these changes in my body. I’m happy to have my body change for the baby, but it’s difficult to see cellulite on your arms when you didn’t have any before!The most beautiful unexpected thing about pregnancy is feeling the baby move. Just feeling the fluttering and the kicks is an amazing thing.

How have you been preparing for the baby?

I’m an organizational freak by nature, so when the nesting phase kicked in a couple of months ago, I literally went through every cupboard and cabinet! I had a garage sale over the weekend and I’ve also been putting up a few items for sale on eBay, too, just to make way for baby stuff.

How is the nursery coming along?

The nursery is almost done. The last big piece of furniture arrived today. Ryan and I are doing the nursery in shades of chocolate brown and white, and then we’ll add pink or blue accessories, depending on what the baby is!

New Arrivals, Inc. is doing all the bedding, drapery and fun accessories like a growth chart and picture frames. We got our crib, daybed, and changing table from Bratt Décor. www.angelsong.net worked with New Arrivals, Inc. and custom-made this great rocker/glider, and then www.GreenNest.com donated all of our mattresses, pillows, and paint. Everything from them is organic, which is really important to us. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting the nursery prepared and beautiful for the baby.

I was putting some of the baby’s clothes away the other day and I held up a newborn diaper. That’s when it hits you that you’re really having a baby.

What are your plans for after the baby is born?

Honestly, I just want to be a mom. Ryan [who is a firefighter] will be on 48/4, meaning that he will work 48 hours straight and then be off for four days. During that time, it will just be me and Baby, so we’ll see how it goes. We’re also planning on taking a family trip after the baby is born. I’m looking forward to it all!

And you’re coming out with a diaper bag line, too.

Yes, I needed a diaper bag, so I designed my own diaper bag line! Trista Baby (www.tristababy.com) is going to launch in just a few weeks. The bags are made from environmentally-friendly material here in the US. We’re starting the line with two bags; the first is a tote and the second is a messenger bag, with more designs to come in the future.

*Trista Baby bags will be available at www.tristababy.com and also at www.ebags.com.

Exclusive Giveaway for Celebrity Baby Blog Readers: One lucky Celebrity Baby Blog Reader can win the gift bag that Tricia’s baby shower guests received.  Tricia’s shower was thrown by our friends at Hot Moms Club and Suave, with invitations and thank you notes provided by My Gatsby, and scrapbooking from S.E.I. (Tristaalso treated her hostesses to diamond necklaces byTacori.)

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