Nick and Vanessa Lachey Expecting First Child

03/05/2012 at 09:15 AM ET
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There’s a little Lachey on the way!

Vanessa Lachey (formerly Minnillo) is pregnant, husband Nick Lachey confirmed on Live! with Kelly, which he co-hosted Monday. Vanessa is due late summer or early fall.

After Vanessa appeared on the show in early January, “she started to feel a little different, not herself,” Nick, 38, explains.

“So she went to the store, got a pregnancy test, and it came back positive. We are having a baby!”

The giddy dad-to-be added: “I’ve had a chance to do a lot of great things in my career and my life but this is the one thing that, more than any other, I look forward to. The fact that it’s actually here — it’s overwhelming.”

And while the couple doesn’t yet know the sex of the baby, they will – if Nick has anything to do with it.

“We definitely want to know,” Lachey tells Ripa. “I can’t take the knowledge that someone out there knows, but I don’t know. It’s like watching a sports game on TiVo.”

Vanessa, 31, has yet to comment, but she’s previously discussed her excitement to have a baby – and how a new addition will fit into her life.

“I would love to have children and work,” the Wipeout host told PEOPLE in early 2011. “I definitely don’t want it to slow me down. I’m always going to be, ‘Go, go, go.’ And I’m going to be pregnant, fat and happy through it all.”

This will be the first child for Nick and Vanessa, who were married in July 2011.

— Rennie Dyball

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Sierra on

YAY!!!!! :):):) They will make wonderful parents and one beautiful baby πŸ™‚

Jennifer Hepola on

I’m so excited to hear that these two are expecting!! I’ve been waiting to hear an annoucement from them since they got married. Congratulations, Vanessa & Nick!!

Amy on

So happy for them, they have wanted this for so long! I’ve also thought Nick would be an amazing dad. They are wonderful people who make a wonderful couple. They will be great parents to a gorgeous baby!

L.B. on

Sooo happy for them! I’ve always loved them together as a couple. I’m due in August and was kinda hoping that maybe she would be due with their first baby around the same time. Many blessings to their family! I want her to be the next celebrity blogger for People!

Liz on

Aw, this is so sweet. I think Nick will be an amazing dad, he has talked about wanting kids forever. Congrats!!

Melissa on

Congrats to them! I watched their wedding special and they seem so happy together πŸ™‚

Poppy on

I have loved Nick since his 98 degrees days! He is such a down to earth, genuine guy! I love them as a couple too! He really has talked about wanting kids forever…so I am soooo happy for them! Can not wait to see this beautiful baby!

kjc on

How exciting! I’m sure we all knew this would be coming sooner rather than later. They have been a couple for so long, I figured there would be a baby arriving shortly!

Karen on

So Happy for them! the perfect couple and now the perfect family! Cant wait to see what he or she looks like!

Brooklyn on

Congrats to them! πŸ™‚

Ashley on

Congratulations—very good news!

guest on

im excited to see their baby-philipino is a beautiful nationality-their mix will be beautiful

Mia on

It’s Filipino/a + Congrats! – guessing she’s due around August.

It’s nice to see a couple do it the traditional way – actually be together for a long time + get married – now having a baby.

Well planned + thought out – wish them many years of happiness.

klutzy_girl on

Aw, congratulations to them!

Karen on

They are so cute…congrats!! Hopefully Vanessa won’t blow up huge like Jessica has!

Sasha on

Congrats! Very nice photo.

Monica on

I’ve been waiting to hear this. I know Nick has been wanting kids for so long that I am thrilled for him. He’s seems like such a sweet, doting, supportive husband that I know he’ll be an amazing father. Congrats!!

chelsea on

I’m guessing she’s due around Labor Day.

Vicky on

Sorry not a fan of them as a couple…Vanessa tries waaaay to hard! Irritating! Luv Nick though, so I am happy for him!

Brooke on

I watched him announce this this morning on Live with Kelly! He also said if it’s a girl Vanessa wants her to be named Sophia and if it’s a boy, he wants it to be Colin (with the middle name John, I think). =]

Katie on

Who cares if they did it the right way? Couples shouldn’t be crucified for having a baby before a wedding! Period. So enough of that.

Mia on

Having a baby after being together for a long time + getting married symbolizes actual real commitment + planning -vs- a pregnancy that is an accident – or people that want to “act” married….but don’t want to actually be married. Man up.

Another huge congrats to them!

JessicaB on

did not know he was 38. he will alwaya be 24 to me, lol. congrats.

Meela on


Always loved Nick, he seems like a great guy.

I love how close he is to his brother Drew!

Alise on

I agree that Vanessa appears to “try too hard”, almost like she wants to one-up Jessica.

emily on

Wow Karen…what a snarky remark. It’s very low class and tacky to make a comment about another womans pregnancy weight. Have a little sympathy…

Willow on

Congratulations to them both, I agree they are going to have a beautiful baby!

As for her “trying too hard” not sure what that means, but as far as I’m concerned he married up with Vanessa. I don’t think she concerns herself with comparing herself to Jessica.

Erin on

I’m so over the moon for them! Love them together, can’t wait to see the beautiful baby!

JM on

are there are actually some sad and simple individuals who don’t realise that you can be in a long term relationship, have children, not be married and still be just as committed (or in some cases even more so) as people who ARE married? i mean, really? who is pathetic enough, in this day and age, to think that being married means anything in terms of whether or not a couple will stay together? why do you think the divorce rate is through the roof? because society still puts a lot of pressure on people to get married, so they rush into it without thinking.

the biggest commitment you can make with another human being is having a child with them. that requires serious thought and consideration. being married or not being married has nothing to do with it.

remember how people here used to drool over how heidi and seal were the perfect couple and would definitely stay together forever? well how did that turn out? (there are countless other examples, not least…erm, nick lachey’s first marriage – right because that wasn’t at all because he and jessica just wanted to sleep together and had bought into the ridiculous notion that you should wait until you are married to have sex with someone. oh, and, a short while later – divorce. massive surprise).

anyway, the fact that this couple happen to be married is a totally separate issue. congratulations to them on their pregnancy. i hope everything runs smoothly and mother and baby remain healthy. all the best to them.

Erica on

I’m ecstatic. I’ve been a long time fan of Nick Lachey and love him and Vanessa together. I cannot wait to hear the name and see the baby – s/he is going to be gorgeous! I second the person who said she should be the next celeb mommy blogger!

Devon on

I’m guessing she’s due mid-September. Congrats to the Lachey’s!

Rhea on

She had suffered from a miscarriage before and they have been trying for a baby for some time. So this is great news!

emily on

@JM- “the biggest commitment you can make with another human being is having a child with them. that requires serious thought and consideration. being married or not being married has nothing to do with it.”

Getting pregnant and having a baby does not equal commitment in a lot of unmarried couples cases. Accidental and “entrapment” pregnancies, fathers who run for the hills when their girlfriends get knocked up,etc. Some people use no thought or consideration. That’s just the sad fact of it.

Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but statistics do show that children born to unmarried couples & single parents are more disadvantaged than ones born to married couples.

Doreen on

Wahooooooooooo!! WONDERFUL NEWS!!

Terri on

Congratulations to them!

torgster on

Emily, please quote where you are getting your “statistics” – what a crock! And as for calling Karens’ comment snarky – what’s wrong with the truth? Where does sympathy come into this? Jessica chose to let herself gain a hundred pounds so why should we sympathize – it’s her own dumb fault.

emily on

torgster- Here is a link:
Also, feel free to google it and you will find MANY more.

And calling people “fat” because it’s the “truth”? What are you, a 12 year old? It’s called tact….and being an adult.

ecl on

Actually, torgster, Emily is correct. However, this tends to be due to a lower level of parental involvement and income than two parent families. If parents stay together, or both stay active and co-parent well together in the event of a split, and if there is a stable, good income, these differences disappear. Thus, it has nothing to do with a marriage certificate itself. That said, couples are more likely to break up when simply dating or cohabiting than when married so these are less stable states than marriage.

Anonymous on

torgster- And how do you know that Jessica chose to gain all that weight? I wish people would realize that gaining a lot of pregnancy weight is always a choice! Some women are just programmed to be heavier no matter what they eat (just like there are women out there who are naturally thing and DON’T seem to gain weight no matter what they eat), and others gain weight due to pregnancy complications (such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes).

Therefore, I completely agree with Emily. Karen’s comment WAS snarky.

JM- I agree with your comment, except for one thing. I don’t think it’s at all ridiculious to wait until you’re married to have sex. I believe very strongly that sex should be shared only between a husband and a wife (although I understand and respect the fact that not everyone feels the same way), and I’ve yet to hear of a couple that saved themselves for marriage getting married just because they wanted to have sex. To me, what’s ridiculious is the idea that waiting until marriage to share that ultimate form of love dooms a marriage to failure!

Rhea- Where did you read that Vanessa had a miscarriage and that they’ve been trying for some time (I’m honestly just curious, as I’ve never read those things anywhere.)?

Anyway, congrats to the Lacheys, and obviously Nick wasn’t being entirely truthful when he said a few months ago that he and Vanessa felt “no urgency” for kids (ironically enough, he made that comment right before Christmas which, going by his comments in this article, wwould have been just weeks or even days before Vanessa got pregnant! I don’t blame him a bit for saying that, though, especially if indeed they had been struggling for awhile to concieve. As far as I’m concerned, that was his polite way of saying, “It’s none of your business when and if we have kids!”). πŸ˜‰

Anonymous on

ecl- Excatly! I also want to add yet another reason statistics about unmarried parents are flawed: A sizeable chunk of them are teenagers, but most studies don’t take that into account (in otherwords, they look just at the fact that the parents are unmarried, not their ages or other factors).

Mar on

Marriage doesn’t mean anything. It is just a legal contract, it doesn’t prove anything.

Holiday on

This is going to be one adorable baby!

J on

Oh good Lord Mia…

Tee on

JM- You think it’s ridiculous that someone would wait until marriage to have sex?! Wow! That’s just downright sad to me. Go ahead and call me ridiculous then because I do not believe in pre-martial sex at all. I respect other people’s right to do what they please but that doesn’t mean I agree with it. The Lord calls upon us to save ourselves for marriage for a reason. I’m surprised that you sit there and act aggravated at people that are being judgmental of those that get pregnant before being married and yet you sit there and judge those that choose to hold on to their virginity the way the Bible commands.

Sweet on

Not everyone has the same belief system as you. Heck, before the crusades, your ancestors probably didn’t share your religious beliefs.

Jillian on

I am over the moon excited for them!!! I read this this morning over breakfast and me and My sisters all squealed! I know they have talked about wanting a family for awhile do we are thrilled for them!!

Celebrity baby lover/anonymous, are you a book writer? You write the longest posts. Its weird that this site hasn’t given you the name you had before since so many people on here figured out it was you. The long posts, telling everyone what everyone else means and trying to overanalyze everything along with bringing up no sex before marriage is a dead giveaway….. To name a few….

Mar on


Which lord do you speak of? Apollo? Zeus? Krishna? Kali? Loki? Odin? Etc???

How do you know that this “lord” you speak of wants us to wait until marriage to have sex? Did you read it in the bible, the koran, the bhagavad gita, or another religious text that is just as fictional as Harry Potter?

JM on

emily i think you are misunderstanding how i am using the word committment. it IS the biggest commitment you can make to someone else, that doesn’t mean that people always act committed. i guess what i am saying is that it should be the thing you think about most seriously. a marriage can be resolved, a baby can’t be sent back.

as for your ‘fact’ comparing children from married families and non-married families (single-parent, unmarried couples etc). that is a correlation not a causation. that is a really important difference to learn, look it up. ie, there are other factors at play (if that statistic is true) as to why those children are from more disadvantaged backgrounds. marriage has nothing to do with it. correlation does not equal causation.

Anonymous, i think a lot of couples who are saving themselves for marriage and then rush into just don’t admit it’s because they can’t wait to have sex. in fact i was talking to a good friend of mine the other day who is a fundamentalist creationist christian, she has been dating her boyfriend for just under 9 months and they have just got engaged. she fully admitted to us that it was because she couldn’t wait to have sex with him. so they were getting married so they could do it and so that it would be right in ‘gods’ eyes.

and Tee, er yea what Mar said. i’m sorry but to me it is ridiculous that people plan their sex life based on an imaginary friend in the sky. as mar pointed out, why not do what zeus or thor or for that sake albus dumbledore think is right? sex is about individuals not about religion.

pauline on

i thought her comic timing was gold in the 30 rock episode where they couldn’t figure out her ethnicity. feel so happy for them! congrats Nick and Vanessa!

just a word of advice to those arguing with each other…

you’re all fighting over the internet, behind your keyboards. it’s just comments on a BABY-centric website. don’t get so riled up. chances are, the person saying the things that piss you off so badly is probably too wimpy to say it to your face. it’s so easy to pass judgement and be critical over people whom we don’t know and they have no idea of finding out who we are either. but just think, what does it say of yourself if you derive pleasure from insulting behind a keyboard?


Evelyn on

congrats Nick and Vanesssa on your mini me to be.Your son or daughter will be blessed with both your talents.God bless all of you

emily on

JM- Trust me…I know correlation v causation. To say “marriage has nothing to do with it” is 100% wrong. It could be that a certian type of people are less likely to get married AND more likely to be bad parents, of course. No one can say for certian if its merely a coincidence that unmarried people produce less advantaged children- but given the statitcs that show the same thing again and again as well as the decades of research, it would be safe to say the results are fairly accurate and show a cause and effect pattern.

meghan on

Mar, you don’t have to believe what Tee does, but that’s no excuse to be disrespectful. Tee posts here fairly regularly and I have always found her to be intelligent and totally respectful of other posters and their differing viewpoints. You have no idea how offensive it is to reduce a person’s religious beliefs to fantasy.

Kate on

definitely happy for them, but it’s been so expected since it’s all they’ve talked about. nothing in their life is sacred at all, even baby making details. so good for them, but it would have been nicer to hear if it wasn’t already in our faces

JM on

meghan, ‘ You have no idea how offensive it is to reduce a person’s religious beliefs to fantasy.’

what makes religion anything other than fantasy? and why is it offensive to say so? belief is just a belief. if said i believed in the tooth fairy and you told me it was a fantasy would you say the same thing?

meghan on

JM, if that’s the way you choose to see the world that’s fine, but why do you feel the need to belittle people with faith in something? It really seems to bother you. Is your belief that there is nothing beyond what you can see in front of you so fragile you feel the need to belittle people that have faith in god? If you can’t see that comparing a person’s religious convictions with the tooth fairy is offensive in the extreme, you are either obtuse or simply being contrary to stir up trouble.

Mar on


Religion IS fantasy! I’m not doing anything other than stating facts. If facts hurt your feelings, well, then maybe its time to reconsider your beliefs and find out why the truth hurts so much.

I don’t have to respect somebody’s beliefs if they are ignorant and stupid. You believing in God and Jesus etc is just as ridiculous as an adult believing in the tooth fairy or Santa Claus. I respect Tee’s right to be religious, but I don’t respect her actual beliefs.

I hate how people think religion deserves respect. Its done NOTHING to deserve respect. If I believed in Santa Claus, everyone would make fun of me and think I’m silly and stupid. So why is that acceptable but poking fun of a person’s religious beliefs isn’t? Its the exact same thing.

Tee on

Sweet- You’re right. Not everyone has the same beliefs that I do. Never said they did, never said they had to.

Mar- I speak of God and the Bible. It’s fine that you don’t believe the way I do but I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t talk down to me. I don’t disrespect other people’s beliefs and I don’t see why people feel the need to disrespect me and mine.

JM- I’m not going to debate the Lord’s existence with you because it’s a conversation that would get nowhere very quickly. It doesn’t bother me that you don’t believe in Christ. It bothers me that you were so quick to be nasty towards those that choose to follow the command to not have pre-marital sex. I’m well aware that not everyone believes the way I do, I promise. I look at things from a much more “strict” viewpoint than even some of my Christian friends. All I’m asking is that you show respect for me and others that believe the way I do just as I show respect for you and others that don’t. You can disagree with someone without being rude.

Meghan- Thank you for your sweet words! I firmly believe that anything can be said politely if you just take the time to think through your words. I’ve always prayed that my words are gentle and non judgmental, so it’s nice to know that I do come across respectfully. Like you, I do find it somewhat offensive to have my beliefs laughed at but the only thing I can do about it is to choose to be polite and pray for the people I’m interacting with. Anyway, thank you again for you sweet words.

A. on

Why do people find it necessary to bring up religion in a pregnancy announcement? It’s irritating, totally off-topic, and inappropriate in a discussion such as a pregnancy announcement. Even more annoying are the idiots who actually feel the need to argue about religion in such a thread. Try taking such discussions to a more appropriate forum: a debate board.

Anyways, I’ve been waiting for Nick and Vanessa to make a baby announcement. I’m thrilled for them. Congrats to the happy couple and here’s to wishing Vanessa has a healthy pregnancy!

Mar on


Nobody is disrespecting your beliefs. My original comment was:

“Which lord do you speak of? Apollo? Zeus? Krishna? Kali? Loki? Odin? Etc???

How do you know that this β€œlord” you speak of wants us to wait until marriage to have sex? Did you read it in the bible, the koran, the bhagavad gita, or another religious text that is just as fictional as Harry Potter?”

How is that disrespectful?

Religious people are far too sensitive.

Tee on

Mar, if you can’t see how your words were disrespectful, than I’m not sure what to tell you. If you can’t see how your words are disrespectful and full of disdain… than I’m honestly at a loss for what to tell you! Call me overly sensitive if you will. I’ve already been called ridiculous by someone else and both of you are certainly entitled to your opinions of me.

Anonymous on

Mar- No, religion is fantasy TO YOU. To others it is anything but. You can’t say that it’s fact that religion is fantasy, because there’s very little about religion that is “fact” (including that the bible, koran, etc. are fiction. We can’t prove or disprove that anymore than we can prove or disprove, at least thus far, that ships really do vanish into thin air in the Bermuda Triangle). That’s why it’s called faith or believing. You have every right to your beliefs, of course, but please don’t put down those of us who do believe. After all, I doubt you’d like it if we made fun of you for NOT believing!

JM on

tee, this statement by you says it all really:
‘Mar, if you can’t see how your words were disrespectful, than I’m not sure what to tell you.’

the fact is that we are NOT being disrespectful and that is why you can’t explain why you feel offended. the problem with your argument is that you feel just because i think that religion is a fantasy that i am being offensive. it has nothing to do with just being able to believe what i can see before my eyes, it has to do with evidence. scientific/mathematical evidence.

mar’s original statement is not offensive at all. you are suggesting that it is crazier to believe in zeus, thor or the tooth fairy than it is to believe in your christian god. well what if those WERE my beliefs? i tell you my god is the tooth fairy and her under-study is zeus. now if you tell me that you think those are fantasy would i be right in saying that you are being offensive?

think your argument through and see if it makes logical sense or if it is just an emotional reaction because you don’t LIKE what i am saying.

JM on

Anonymous, please, go, ahead make fun of me ‘not believing’ as you put it. i don’t care why would i? to me that’s the same as you making fun of me for not believing in santa clause.

being an atheist is not a belief in the same way that not collecting stamps isn’t a hobby.

Kristine on

so happy for them….can’t wait to see more of them on tv.

MOE on


Bancie1031 on

Congratulations to Nick and Vanessa πŸ™‚

liz on

Since Jack is sometimes a derivative of John, we just might call Colin John “CoJack” at least until he gets some hair!

Tee on

JM, make no mistake. The only reason I didn’t tell Mar anything more is because I can’t figure out how to do so and still be polite. And on that note, I’m done with this argument. You all want to stand by and attack my beliefs and the beliefs of other people on here, that’s fine. (And likening them to the tooth fairy is attacking them) But I don’t play that game. I don’t believe in being rude to people because they choose to see things differently than I do. And since I can’t figure out a way to continue this conversation in a polite fashion, I’m done here.

Jillian on

I find that here and on Facebook people bring up religion, god, sex and how having it before marriage IS wrong. The second anyone says anything different those people flip out and get all upset. The same people on this page bring up religion and how bad premarital sex is over and over. You can’t say that it’s a bad thing because that is not a fact. You can say you wouldn’t do it. I will debate things said as facts, that are opinions, all day long because it’s a pet peeve of mine.


JM on

you clearly also can’t figure out how to actually prove that anyone was being rude about your beliefs. you don’t LIKE that to me believing in god is like believing in the tooth fairy. not LIKING something does not mean the other person is being rude. but you did basically prove my point that you don’t have a single coherent logical argument that proves that i was rude about your beliefs, so you left the conversation. oh well.

pj on

O that is gonna be one gorgeous and smart little bitty baby. But please, Vanessa, no nekked pregnant magazine covers. Pretty please?

raf on


Lizzie on

What WONDERFUL news for NICK & VANESSA!! May they have a HEALTHY,
HAPPY & SERENE pregnancy!! This couple “did it” the correct way~
marriage & then children!! BLESSINGS(SSSSS) to them!!

tmg on

Happy for them, if that’s what they want. Not a big fan of either of them. Like Nick much better with Jessica S. Funny how Jessica S. is having a baby and now Nick is
#just saying

Andrea on

Congrats to nick and Vanessa….but for u people to talk about other people is wrong I was with my man for a year and got pregnant and we were not married and I had 3 more with the same guy…we have been together 11 1/2 years and we just got married 3 years ago and we couldn’t be any happier….u do not have to be married to show that ur really in love so any of u haters that wants to say stuff that u don’t no what ur talking about y don’t u check ur own life and stay out of everyone else’s