Shay Mitchell set the Internet ablaze today when she announced that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend, Matte Babel. The Internet immediately rallied around the stunning 32-year-old actress to show their love and support for her and her unborn babe. Among the well-wishers were, of course, her former Pretty Little Liars family, who made sure to flood the mom-to-be with sweet messages of support.
Taking to her Instagram, Mitchell broke the news of her pregnancy through a stunning photo where she shows off her baby bump. In true Mitchell fashion, she also infused the post with some of her trademark humor.“Does this mean I’m allowed to drive in the carpool lane at all times now?” the You actress jokingly captioned the photo, announcing her pregnancy and taking a jab at the infamous Los Angeles traffic all at once.
Mitchell also gave a more intimate and detailed announcement by way of her YouTube page. In a video entitled Guess Who’s Preggers, Mitchell takes fans on a small journey through her pregnancy thus far. Mitchell talks about the wide array of emotions she’s been experiencing as an expectant mom and even takes fans inside of her doctor’s appointment to show off her ultrasound.
In the caption for YouTube, Mitchell went into more detail about the excitement and nerves she is currently grappling with. “There is something in the oven and it’s not my pizza!!! WOW… It’s kind of surreal processing the fact that another human is growing inside of you. It’s exciting, nerve-racking, difficult and emotional all at the same time” the mom-to-be wrote.
Mitchell also addressed why she chose to announce her pregnancy when she did. “Everyone waits for the right time to make the announcement and for me, it wasn’t until I couldn’t hide it anymore and was tired of wearing oversized sweatshirts. We’re beyond excited and looking forward to starting a family. I’ve learned so much about myself and parenthood over the past 6 months, and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface! It’s going to be a wild ride!!” the Pretty Little Liars alum said excitedly.
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Naturally, fans and friends alike rallied around Mitchell when she released her news. Of course, some of her former castmates from Pretty Little Liars also posted the sweetest messages showing support for their long-time friend. “Stunning! Congratulations, beautiful mama!” Sasha Pieterse, (who played Alison, Mitchell’s bestie and love interest on the show), wrote in her Instagram story where she reposted the photo. Janel Parrish (who played the original A and Mitchell’s frenemy, Mona) also sent well wishes and commented, “Congrats gorgeous!” under Mitchell’s beautiful photograph. Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale (who played Mitchell’s besties Hanna and Aria) also chimed in. “I love you my girl. I can’t wait” Benson wrote, while Hale chimed in with a short and sweet “Congrats Shay!!”
But, perhaps the sweetest message came from Troian Bellisario (who played Mitchell’s BFF, Spencer on the show) who is already a mama herself. ” YAS queen I am so excited to be a mama with you and welcome this beautiful babe to the world!” Bellisario wrote with copious amounts of heart eye emojis. The sweet message had us all swooning and planning future playdates for Bellasario and Mitchell’s children.
What an exciting time for Mitchell. It’s so wonderful to see that her dreams of becoming a mom are finally coming true. It hasn’t been an easy road for her, as she suffered a tragic miscarriage back in 2018, but we’re so happy to see that motherhood is well within her grasp. We wish her a happy and healthy pregnancy and we can’t wait to meet the new, little bundle of joy.