Nicole “Coco” Austin is ready for motherhood.
“I can’t say how much I loved being pregnant, and I’m still pregnant,” Austin tells PEOPLE.
“I joke that, I never thought I would feel this way because me being into fitness my whole life, I didn’t know how my body was going to react. I was feeling like, ‘Oh man, how am I going to like blowing up like a whale and not liking my body?’ ”
But Austin — who is set to welcome her first child, daughter Chanel Nicole, with husband Ice-T in the next few weeks — says, “it’s just so opposite.”
“When you become pregnant you totally honor the fact that you’re pregnant and you love the bump, and you love the feeling of something growing inside of you. You could care less about your body,” she explains. “I say to this day, I could be pregnant for the rest of my life. Believe it or not.”