Baby Boy on the Way for Michael Phelps

11/18/2015 at 01:20 PM ET

Michael Phelps and fiancée Nicole Johnson are officially swimming into parenthood: The couple is expecting their first child!

Johnson and Phelps, who were engaged in February, made the exciting announcement on social media Wednesday.

“We found out 8 weeks ago we were expecting … Today we’re over 12 weeks and it looks like we’re having a boy!!!” Phelps wrote on Instagram.

In the image, Phelps and Johnson cozied up by a swimming pool while the model held a tiny, MP-branded speedo.

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Courtesy Michael Phelps

The former Miss California also shared the big news through her own profile on the photo sharing site.

“Today marks 12 weeks and 5 days of us having a little one and yesterday we learned we’re having a BOY,” she added. “We couldn’t be happier!!”

Phelps and Johnson, both 30, have been dating on and off since 2007, and have long remained friends. After splitting in late 2011, the couple rekindled their romance in 2014.

Phelps has been working hard to overcome his demons and find his way back to the swimming pool after two DUI arrests, a stint in treatment and a six-month suspension from competing.

“I feel like I am okay and I am happy with who I am,” he said. “I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself, who I truly am. I can honestly say there aren’t many people who have seen who I really am.”

Luckily, the little guy will be born just in time to cheer on dad if he does indeed make it to the 2016 summer Olympic games in Rio. That tiny swimsuit will come in handy!

— Lindsay Kimble

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cynic1018 on

12 weeks?? that seems a little early to be able to tell the sex of the baby!! hmmmm……….

babylady on

Cynic – You are right. You usually find out about 22-23 weeks. Is there a new blood test maybe? Otherwise, I know ultrasounds wouldn’t be able to tell.

Anonymous on

I found out at 13 weeks through blood work

mary on

nobody can tell at 12wks unless they did cvs. I hope they understand the chance of it being wrong this early.

Diane on

I found out the sex of my son when I was 13 weeks through blood work. Congrats to them!

Anonymous on

It is very likely they had a screening which caused them to get a cvs. In the case of blood work being done they can quite accurately know the gender at 12 weeks. In the end it doesn’t matter how they know.

LAcanyon on

Mary-there is a newer test called Matern21 and you can find out the sex


Some of you need to Google first before running your mouth. There are ways now to find out at 12 weeks.

Katie on

Yes everyone, you can know the sex by 12 weeks. After 10 weeks you can have genetic blood test screening and find out the sex. I found out at 11 1/2 weeks that I was having a boy. They’re probably sure they’re having a boy.

Anonymous on

can you tell this early with an ameo? Sorry, I don’t have kids but I know my mom had one,,, just don’t know if you can do one this early.

Mallory on

Bloodwork can tell you as early as 10 weeks.

rubyovertherainbow* on

I really think he swims the other way .

Molly on

He said, “It looks like we’re having a boy,” which doesn’t seem very absolute. My guess is based on his wording, they didn’t have the additional testing done. Congrats either way.

kanzelc on

Congratulations!!!! So cool that the baby will be here in time for the Olympics next summer if Michael makes it to the Olympics (which I think he will) 🙂

happy on

I see he is doing everything the right way…smh.

Crisko on


Guest on

There is a “nub” theory that some sonographers use to to make a guess at 12 weeks. From the Internet: “Basically, the nub theory makes it predictions based on the ‘angle of the dangle’. From about 11 weeks a fetus has a penis-like nub where their genitals will eventually develop. Female and male nubs look very similar at this stage, but some experts state that it’s possible to differentiate between the two depending on the angle. So if the nub points up by 30 degrees or more, it’s a boy, and if it’s less than 30 degrees it’s a girl.”
My sonographer said at my 12 week scan that she was almost certain we were having a girl. In the article, Phelps says it “looks like” they are having a boy. She says for certain it’s a boy. I wouldn’t bet money on the nub theory. I’m sure she didn’t get the blood tests. Those are usually done for high-risk pregnancies.

Guest on

Oh, and we did end up knowing for certain we are having a girl, because I had the blood tests done.

Andrea on

Even his little men are strong swimmers.

Cindy on

I have never, ever heard of a baby’s gender being identifiable at 12 weeks?! They wouldn’t have a clue especially since all babies are female up to 12 weeks? That isn’t right.

Jen on

They didn’t need to do CVS. These days there is a maternal blood test called Cell Free DNA testing. It allows a few speciality labs around the country to “grab” fetal DNA floating in the mother’s blood and screen for certain chromosomal abnormalities, including looking at the sex chromosomes. It’s a pricey test if your insurance doesn’t cover it, but if you’re Michael Phelps…

…I am expecting my 3rd and had my blood drawn at just under 12 weeks, and got the results about 2 weeks later. Bloodwork confirmed no known problems with the chromosomes and a confirmed xx (girl!). It has a 99% accuracy rate.

pepper on

well we also found out is a boy at 13..14 weeks. at a normal ultrasound. :))

slk on

hopefully he stops smoking weed!