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Paula Garces Expecting Second Child

06/26/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Paula Garces Expecting Second Child
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When Paula Garces went for an annual check-up at her doctor’s office, she got unexpected news: she was pregnant.

“It’s a miracle!” the actress tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Indeed, the Devious Maids and All My Children star, 39, and her husband Antonio Hernandez, an entrepreneur and producer, had all but given up hope after years of trying for a baby led to two miscarriages.

“We’re excited to finally be pregnant after so many years and make my daughter the best big sister, and my husband an amazing dad,” says Garces, who is best known as Maria from the hit Harold & Kumar franchise.

Garces — already mom to 21-year-old Skye Mahoney from a previous relationship — is thrilled to be expecting again.

“I can’t wait to debut my belly at Comic Con this July,” says Garces, who will also debut her new comic book trilogy Aluna, the namesake of the first Latina video game superhero character.

Another perk of the pregnancy? Once the couple got the great news, Hernandez whisked his wife off to a getaway beach weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to celebrate.

Marc Cherry‘s new show Devious Maids airs Sundays on Lifetime.

– Elizabeth Leonard

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EmmaWasHere on

Good for them!

Donnatex on

congrats!

DaisyMoon on

SHE has a 21 yr old??

WOW…she looks VERY young for 39.

Wow on

39? She looks 19! Congrats.

Sandra on

My first pregnancy was a surprise just like hers. I had no sickness or tiredness, I just went for a routine check up and was stunned at the news. I thought that the Dr. was joking because it was April Fools day, but the ultra sound didn’t lie.

Paula on

How exciting for the family. Congratulations!

Carrow on

I watch her on All My Children on Hulu and she is great as Lea.

Congratulations Paula. And yes she looks amazing for 39. This is not even her best picture. Didn’t know her first child was 21. My mom had me and my brother 18 years apart. She hated the thought of starting over but was happy for her little miracle.

Tara on

she looks 21 herself. can’t believe she has a 21 year old. what happy & unexpected news. hope she enjoys her pregnancy now as an older mom!

Sharon on

Aaaww congrats on your little, actually huge, surprise :) she looks amazing!!

D on

I don’t know who she is, and I don’t watch soaps, but I do know that if they just say “actress” on the first page its usually someone I’ve never heard of.

Anyways… congratulations, and I hope you have a healthy baby

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! I wonder what made her doctor to think to check to see if she was pregnant (I’ve always wondered that, what exactly it is that tips a doctor off to check a woman for pregnancy)?

Also, I feel sad for them that they’d given up hope after two miscarriages. Having two miscarriages doesn’t mean anything (three or more is a different story. From what I’ve read, doctors generally don’t get concerned unless a woman has had three or more consecutive miscarriages).

Plenty of women have that many miscarriages and go on to have healthy babies (including my own mother)!

Lisa Hernandez on

You both are blessed and absolutely should consider your bundle of joy a miracle! Congratulations! It will be a beautiful baby! TiTi

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