The former boxing champion and Dancing With The Stars, Laila Ali announced her pregnancy in a video message to PEOPLE Magazine on Wednesday. Laila is expecting her second child with husband Curtis Conway. Laila and Curtis wed in July of 2007 and already have one son, Curtis Jr. Ali says her famous father, boxing great Muhammad Ali, is overjoyed about being a grandpa again.
“I am pregnant again! I’m three months, and I’m so excited, my family is excited,” Ali exclaimed. “I’m hoping it’s a girl this time! 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.’ I have cravings all the time, even when I’m not pregnant. I made a strawberry shortcake last night. It was great.”
While Laila is experiencing only a few early pregnancy cravings, the athlete is noticing changes in her curvy-crafted physique much earlier this second time around.
“I’ve noticed I’m putting on weight faster this time, I started showing sooner,” she explains. “Staying fit is a challenge, even if you are a former world-class 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.”
Laila’s bundle of joy is due to make in a appearance in April.