Marcela Valladolid Expecting Second Child

10/23/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Marcela Valladolid Pregnant Expecting Second Child
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Marcela Valladolid has a bun in the oven!

The celebrity chef, who is best known for putting easy spins on Mexican cuisine as a host on Food Network’s The Kitchen, is pregnant with her second child, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Valladolid is due in the spring, and her child will be a sibling for the food guru’s 10-year-old son, Fausto.

“Fau asks daily about the gender of the baby and has already picked out names for both a brother or a sister,” the mom-to-be, 36, tells PEOPLE.

“I [come from] a huge family with lots of kids, many younger than him, and he’s known as the cousin that takes care of the little ones. He’s almost maternal when it comes to toddlers. He’s been asking for a really long time for a baby brother or baby sister and is thrilled it’s finally happening.”

Valladolid is currently in New York City filming season 3 of The Kitchen, but that doesn’t mean she’s able to chow down all day long.

“It’s funny because I’m eating healthier than I have in a long time,” she says. “Not necessarily because I want to, but because the morning sickness will only allow for small, light meals throughout the day.”

To combat the nausea, Valladolid incorporates veggies from her home garden and steers clear of greasy fare. “My body at the moment is just not tolerating anything too heavy, rich, spicy or fatty,” she explains.

The pregnancy may not come as a total surprise to the San Diego-based chef and cookbook author’s fans since she’s been dropping hints on social media for the past few weeks. She recently¬†shared¬†a sonogram of her baby-to-be on Instagram, captioning the pic “Good morning world. What’s happening out there?”

— Catherine Kast

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Noneya on

How can you give a mad face to a story about a baby?!?

Gina on

Who is the father?

Drea on

Why is it anyone’s business who the father is?

Anyways, congrats Marcella and Fausto. (:

Dach on

Another website has announced Phillip Button as the father.

Genevieve on

Is the father that married English chef she had an affair with?

Anonymous on

Dach- She also tagged him in the sonogram photo (you can see it if you click on “recently shared a sonogram” to go to the post), so I think it’s a pretty safe bet who the father is. Anyway, congrats to her!

BTW, does anyone know who her first son’s father is?

Anonymous on

Okay, I just did a little digging around and answered my own question. Fautso’s father is Fausto Gallardo, a Mexican politician. Why PEOPLE didn’t mention that, I don’t know!

Wabash on

Is the baby daddy the married English dude she had the torrid affair with?

prod on

Typical “Mexican” stealing from others, culture, flag color, food, language, our country, and another’s man, she says it best ” Mexican made easy” hahaha.

Anonymous on

she cheated, home wrecker, then got pregnant out of wedlock

deleted on

affair with her co worker, then that person said worst mistake of my life