Ashley Williams Expecting First Child

07/30/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Ashley Williams Pregnant Expecting First Child Dave M. Benett/Getty

Ashley Williams will soon meet her baby: she’s pregnant!

The actress, who played Victoria on How I Met Your Mother, and husband Neal Dodson are expecting their first child this fall, she confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“After years of waiting for the perfect moment to have a child, we decided to go with this moment instead. And we couldn’t be more thrilled,” a witty Williams, who is due in October, tells PEOPLE.

The mom-to-be, who appeared in Something Borrowed, will star opposite Jim Gaffigan in a Sony pilot which was just picked up for TV Land and Comedy Central. In addition to recently shooting the upcoming movies Bad Hurt and A Most Violent Year, Williams also moonlights as a certified doula, having assisted in over 50 births to date.

And although it will be her first baby, Williams, 35, has had plenty of practice with her nephews: her sister is actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who along with husband Brad Paisley are parents to sons Jasper, 5, and Huck, 7½.

— Anya Leon

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klutzy_girl on

Congratulations to Ashley and her husband! She”s been one of my favorite actresses for years (along with Kim). Also excited for her new show and the movies!

blessedwithboys on

I smell a homebirth! Hope to see her in Rikki Lake’s next doc!

pbluvsfootball on

My sentiments exactly, klutzy_girl. Congrats and best wishes to Ashley & Neal!

Anonymous on

Didn’t realize the connections between Ashley and Kimberly, but now I can see the resemblence. Congrats to the couple! It’s nice having practice with other nieces and newphews. Watching my husband take care of his niece before we were married made me totally see how great of a dad he would be!!!

Teknosbeka on

Ted should have picked her!

KC on

@Teknosbeka Ted did pick her character. She died and if you paid attention in the final episode, you’d know that and why the kids were good with him going for Robin.

gracielou on

*** SPOILER*** Sorry KC, I don’t know what show you were watching, but Ted DID NOT pick Victoria! Victoria asked Ted to choose her over his friendship with Robin and he couldn’t do it. So then Victoria left. Ted had his children with and finally married Tracy, not Victoria.

That aside, congrats to Ashley and her hubby! I have always loved her, she has the best smile and voice! That little baby will be adorable!

@KC on

No you shouldn’t be so quick to talk. That is not who Ted chose.

RainCityGirl on

No, KC, gracielou has it exactly right. Victoria (played by Ashley Williams) left the show when Ted wouldn’t give up his friendship with Robin for her. The woman he eventually went on to marry and have children with was Tracy, played by Cristin Milioti.

Anonymous on

Awww, congrats to them!

charlotte on

Did not know she was Kimberly’s sister! Congratulations to her and her husband.

gracielou on

Thanks RainCityGirl! I have no clue what KC is smoking! I wanted Ted to pick Victoria, but he didn’t. I love that show and own every season!

Again, congrats to Ashley and her husband! And of course she’s going to try to have a home birth, she’s a Doula. Nothing wrong with that and to each their own… Where were babies born before we had hospitals?!