Coco Austin: I Was ‘Bawling’ Before I Told Ice-T I Was Pregnant

07/31/2015 at 11:45 PM ET

When his wife Nicole “Coco” Austin came running down the stairs crying one day, Ice-T immediately froze. The rapper turned actor assumed there had been a tragedy in the family.

“I took the test and when I found out, I ran downstairs. He was on the computer and I was bawling, screaming. He thought someone died,” she tells PEOPLE.

But it turns out they were happy — and nervous — tears: Austin was pregnant! “He was just as surprised as me,” she admits of finding out they were expecting their first child together.

“I was so thrown off that our pregnancy happened really fast,” Austin, 36, shares. “It happened out of the blue, and I was like, ‘Wow, wait a second!’ I was told it was going to take a lot longer than it [did] so it threw me off.”

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The mix of emotions quickly turned to excitement. Although the couple — who revealed the pregnancy during a July 24 taping of their new show, Ice and Coco, airing Monday on select Fox stations — are keeping the sex and due date a surprise, they can’t wait to share the sweet details soon.

“You never think it could really happen to you — that you can actually make a human being — and when you do, you’re like, ‘Wow!’ ” Austin explains. “Your body takes over and does it itself. You’re not putting the hands and feet together – your body’s cooking it and it’s amazing. It’s a miracle how life can happen.”

She continues, “I never thought I would have this feeling, but it’s an overhaul of seeing the world differently. I’m so not like Coco from a year ago. I’m a totally different Coco.”

The mom-to-be is also a healthier version of herself. After doctors warned that her high blood pressure could later cause a high-risk pregnancy, Austin promised to concentrate her efforts on her health. That promise, she says, has paid off in more ways than one.

“I’m feeling wonderful. I haven’t gotten sick … no nausea,” says Austin, whose cravings include big bowls of fruit and bubbly beverages.

“I think it has a lot to do with if you’re healthy before you got pregnant. Your body automatically goes in healthy zone. It tells you, ‘Okay, we need to step up the health thing,’ but if you’re a healthy person [already], I don’t think it’s a really big deal.”

Although Austin couldn’t wait to become a mother, she admits her family is “big enough,” and she’ll likely be one and done.

“I’m working on this one child, but I’ve always planned on having one and, definitely, I have enough boys in the house that I consider all of them my babies,” she jokes of her husband and dogs Spartacus and Maximus.

For more on Coco Austin’s daily food plan, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

— Anya Leon with reporting by Antoinette Y. Coulton

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educator on

I bet this woman has a heart of gold 🙂

life goes on on

Love them and congrats.

Truvi on

Congratulations to them.

Dee on

Congratulations to them….I’ve always been a fan of Ice T and his wife seems down to earth. I wish her a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery when the time comes 🙂

Tonja on

So happy for them both! I’ve always been a big fan of his. I wish them happy and healthy pregnancy and birth

Deanna on

Nice to read some happy news.

msliftbig on

I wonder why she has high blood pressure at such a young age? Congrats!

Patti on

I love this couple. Very happy for them.

Patti on

They are so darn cute together. And very nice people.

Anonymous on

I really enjoy this couple and am glad to see they’re having a baby.

I do take slight issue with her theory that if you’re healthy before you’ll stay healthy. I suffered from hyperemesis gravardium (like Princess Kate) and I am a healthy person. All of my pregnancies were the same and I was healthier and more active each consecutive one. I wish it came down to how healthy I was, but I assure her it did not.

SHT on

Congrats! I never thought I would like her, but she does seem like a sweet person. I have always loved Ice-T.

JD on

I think this couple is absolutely adorable, and I’m so thrilled for them. Nothing better than being pregnant when you’ve been wanting a baby for so long.

Maria on

msliftbig she obviously isn’t as young as she says. She lies about it for her job. She does seem sweet in all other ways though. Congrats.

Anonymous on

msliftbig- Probably genetics. Some people are just predisposed to high blood pressure from any early age (even BABIES get it on rare occasions!).

Anyway, they sound so excited! AWWW!

Madison on

@Maria, you’re right..she’s been the same age forever. It’s possibly she’s really in her early 40’s.

s on

My slim, active father has had high blood pressure since he was 17 years old- genetics. Wonderful news that Coco is pregnant! I hope it all goes smoothly for them 🙂

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