Laila Ali: ‘I’m Pregnant Again!’

09/29/2010 at 07:00 AM ET
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Laila Ali is expecting: The former Dancing With the Stars contestant and American Gladiator host exclusively shares the news with PEOPLE in a video message.

“I am pregnant again! I’m three months, and I’m so excited, my family is excited,” says a beaming Ali. “I’m hoping it’s a girl this time!”

Due in early April 2011, this will be the second child together for Ali, 32, and husband Curtis Conway, 39, who married in July 2007.

Their first child, son Curtis Jr. — whom they call C.J. — is 2.

Laila says her father, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is excited about becoming a grandfather again.

“My dad is an excellent grandfather,” she says. “He loves kids. He loves to kiss them to death.”

A former world-class boxer herself, Ali admits it’s a challenge to maintain an exercise regime during pregnancy.

“I’ve noticed I’m putting on weight faster this time, I started showing sooner,” she says. “Staying fit is a challenge, even if you are a former 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.”

When it comes to nutrition, “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,'” she says, admitting she succumbs to the occasional pregnancy craving.

“I have cravings all the time, even when I’m not pregnant,” Ali says. “I made a strawberry shortcake last night.” And? “It was great.”

— Monica Rizzo

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jordam on


Lotus on

Boy or girl, I’m sure this new baby will be just as cute as C.J. He’s got to be one of the cutest celeb babies I’ve seen.

ll65 on

Awww that’s wonderful! Congratulations to Laila and family!

Lady on

Aww Congrats!! She’s so gorgeous & her son is def 1 of the cutest celeb kids…have to agree Lotus…he is a doll!!

Shannon on

She is so beautiful! Congratulations!

Ellea on

Congrats to her, and what a great pic of her!

sherry on

awesome! it would be even more awesome if she had a son and named him Cassius.

Jessie on

congrats to them, hope it’s a girl too

SAR on

How nice! I hope it’s a girl because Laila wants one, but if it’s another adorable boy I’m sure Laila will be overjoyed. I remember when she was on “Dancing with the Stars” and dedicated one of her dance numbers to her dad Muhammed; he was in the audience and at one point she danced up to him and reached her hand out to him. It was very sweet. There’s a lot of love between her and her dad.

KC on

I agree with the people that said CJ is one of the cutest babies (celeb or not) that I’ve ever seen. Absolutely adorable. I’m sure their next one will be just as cute!

H on

yay, oh a girl would be lovely, as would a boy..lets face it a healthy baby is what we want 🙂 with my second i was so wanted another boy , i told every one thats what i wanted and when i found out i was infact having a ‘little pink one’ in a heartbeat my eyes welled up and i could have jumped to the moon i was so happy.

i think us mum think we want a gender but really when push comes to shove we don’t care, out baby is our baby if it be pink one or a blue one orrrrr yellow green or red with white dots 🙂 🙂

if i have any more ***fingers crossed ladies* well i don’t no, what ever as long as my child has 10 fingers and 10 toes i would be happy. x

Mya on

So excited for Laila! Congrats to her and hubby, such great news. CJ is adorable and I’m sure he’ll be great with his little brother or sister. Couldn’t be happier for them.

Sat on

Congrats!! What a blessing!!

CelebBabyLover on

Congrats to her! 🙂

Lisa on

So Happy for her. CJ looks just like his grandpa. I am sure he will be a fighter like him too. I hope she has another boy! They could both be ball players or Boxers! Just like mom, dad and grandpa!

CelebBabyLover on

Lisa- Or how about a little girl to be a boxer like her mom? 🙂

CelebBabyLover on

I also want to point out that girls can play ball, too. 🙂