updated 12/15/2006 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/15/2006 AT 3:15 PM ET
Good Day L.A. cohost and former Skating With Celebrities ice queen Jillian Barberie is pregnant, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
This will be the first child for the Barberie, 40, and her husband, actor Grant Reynolds, 34. “We’re both thrilled,” Barberie says. “I feel like I’m at a place in my life where I just am really happy. I never thought I wanted kids – I was a career girl all these years! I never thought about it before until him.”
The baby is due on July 7, a year to the day after the parents-to-be got married in an intimate ceremony in Barberie’s backyard.
Barberie has not yet learned the sex of the baby, but plans to find out next week. “My husband thinks it’s a boy,” she says, “Yesterday I saw him on the monitor and he was boxing! It could be a girl – a little tomboy, which I kind of was.”
The pregnancy was especially good news for Barberie, who was unsure if she could conceive at 40 after a 2004 miscarriage. “I was pregnant a couple of years ago with a guy that I was dating, and I thought, well, I’m 38, and I’ll keep the baby because who knows if I’m going to have the chance,” Barberie says.
“When we got married I said, you know, I think this is something we’re going to try at. But (Grant) is very laid back and he said it’s just going to happen. He’s infectious with his positive thinking. And sure enough, it did! We got pregnant on our first try. I’m very blessed. I would have gone the route of treatment if I had to.”
Her only pregnancy complaints so far? Exhaustion – and carb cravings. “I’m a big fan of the protein diet, and since I’ve been pregnant all I’ve been eating is pasta, potatoes, rice, bread,” she says. “And I used to be the biggest steak eater. I can’t even look at a steak right now. The whole thought of it disgusts me.”
Barberie is one of FOX’s NFL pre-game hosts and also hosted the syndicated show EXTreme Dating. She and champion figure skater John Zimmerman were runners-up on 2006’s Skating with Celebrities.