Carlos and Alexa PenaVega on the ‘Journey’ to Pregnancy: ‘It’s a Lot Harder Than You Think’

06/22/2016 at 04:15 PM ET

Alexa and Carlos PenaVega just confirmed to PEOPLE that they are expecting their first child, and now they’re sharing some of the details behind their decision to start a family.

“You wanted to get pregnant really early,” Alexa, 27, tells her husband in a video on his YouTube channel. “Like, Carlos was ready for babies.

“But after Dancing [with the Stars], we decided, ‘You know what? I think now’s a good time. I think we’re ready to get pregnant.’ ”

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Though the couple is now over the moon at the fact that they’ll soon be parents, the process of Alexa becoming pregnant was not a straightforward one, although she does admit “it’s been a really fun journey.”

“I thought for sure it’d be like, ‘One, two, three, wham, bam, we’re pregnant!’ ” Carlos, 26, says. “But no, that’s not the case. You gotta keep trying, trying, trying … and try some more. Which is not a bad thing.”

“We learned a lot along the way,” the mom-to-be adds, noting that she tried using apps and doing many “weird things” she was advised to do, such as taking her temperature every morning.

The former Spy Kids star then shares that there was one thing that worked for them in terms of making sure they were trying to conceive at the right times.

“We purchased one of those Clearblue ovulation kits, where you get the little happy faces,” she says, laughing as Carlos flashes a huge smile for the camera.

The PenaVegas then joke about how Alexa would text Carlos while he was filming or at the gym, with a picture of the “ovulation is happening” happy face.

“Carlos!” Alexa laughs when the Big Time Rush member says he would rush home from the gym to get in “another workout.”

“What? That’s how you make a baby!” he says.

The Repo! The Genetic Opera actress then changes the subject slightly, admitting that she can relate to women who already over-plan and are just ready for pregnancy to happen as soon as they start trying.

“When it doesn’t happen, you think, ‘Is something wrong with me?’ or ‘What am I not doing right?’ when really it’s just your body adjusting,” she says.

“And we literally were just like, ‘Let’s not worry about it anymore,’ ” Carlos adds. “When God wants us to have a baby, we’re gonna have a baby, and that’s it.”

A perfect first #fathersday🙂

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Alexa adds that she has had a “crazy and exciting” pregnancy so far. One thing that she has had to endure that many current and former moms-to-be can relate to?

“[In] my first trimester, I have had a lot of morning sickness,” she admits.

“It [has been] awful,” Carlos says, describing times when the couple have been out together and Alexa has had to run to the bathroom to throw up.

“I’m sorry it was so hard for you,” Alexa tells him jokingly, throwing a look at the camera and adding that on top of morning sickness, pregnancy fatigue is a “very real thing.”

“There were days when I just wanted to sleep all day long, and I did,” she says. “But that’s just part of the journey — and I have so much more energy now, which is amazing. I feel like a different person.”

The couple then share an ultrasound photo of their growing baby.

“We don’t know [the sex] yet,” Alexa says. “But whatever it is, it’s perfect.”

The couple are paid Clearblue spokespeople.

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LA on

LOVED your on DWTS. Good luck with the little baby.

WAITING…and being surprised when the doctor said “Congratulations….it’s a ____ is one of the last and biggest true surprises you can get.

We waited to find out until delivery with both my son first and then my daughter. Yes, the nursery was not all pink or all blue….but that’s OK. We got two healthy kiddos and a wonderful surprise in finding out the sex….as the baby came out in the end. To me….that made the whole nine months of pregnancy well worth the gift in the end.

ENJOY the most wonderful journey that is about to begin !!!

Sue on

Holy crap could they be more of a walking add for clear blue? Really makes the whole thing gross. Way to sell out that moment

Colleen S. on

@Sue-The bottom of the article states they are spokespeople for ClearBlue. Congrats to them!

gymluv on

Can any celebrity make an announcement without selling it to a sponsor first? The pregnancy should be rewarding enough on its own.

Paula on

They’re a lovely couple! Congratulations.

Sorrynotsorry on

This whole thing is just ridiculously corny. Omg like we made a baby… 😒😒😒😒

Grey on

I’m so happy for them. They’re so cute together. My niece is obsessed with Big Time Rush. I’m pregnant with my third baby and the morning sickness is killing me so i know how she feels. I have hyperemesis gravidarum which is severe nausea during pregnancy. For me, it doesn’t goes away until the day after i give birth but hard lemon candies work wonders for me. I had it with all of my pregnancies. And so what if they’re paid spokesman? They’re still pregnant after trying so hard for a little one. Leave them alone you asswipes. Always trying to bring down someone elses happiness, fuck you. Especially you @Sue, @Gymluv and @Sorrynotsorry, go to hell, let them be fucking happy. You wouldn’t be saying that shit if it was you nor would you say that shit in their faces. Troll asses. Anyway, they’re so happy and making money at the same time so they’re fine. Leave them be. I’m pretty sure that they don’t care about your negative bullshit comments anyway, they’re happy that they can finally have that baby they wish and hoped for and just enjoying life carefree.

Grey on

I’m so happy for them. They’re so cute together. My niece is obsessed with Big Time Rush. I’m pregnant with my third baby and the morning sickness is killing me so i know how she feels. I have hyperemesis gravidarum which is severe nausea during pregnancy. For me, it doesn’t goes away until the day after i give birth but hard lemon candies work wonders for me. I had it with all of my pregnancies. And so what if they’re paid spokesman? They’re still pregnant after trying so hard for a little one. Leave them alone. Always trying to bring down someone elses happiness, screw you. Especially you @Sue, @Gymluv and @Sorrynotsorry, go to hell, let them be freaking happy. You wouldn’t be saying that crap if it was you nor would you say that crap in their faces. Trolls. Anyway, they’re so happy and making money at the same time so they’re fine. Leave them be. I’m pretty sure that they don’t care about your negative bullcrap comments anyway, they’re happy that they can finally have that baby they wish and hoped for and just enjoying life carefree regardless of what you and anyone has to say.

Grey on

I’m so happy for them. They’re so cute together. My niece is obsessed with Big Time Rush. I’m pregnant with my third baby and the morning sickness is killing me so i know how she feels. I have hyperemesis gravidarum which is severe nausea during pregnancy. For me, it doesn’t goes away until the day after i give birth but hard lemon candies work wonders for me. I had it with all of my pregnancies. And so what if they’re paid spokesman? They’re still pregnant after trying so hard for a little one. Leave them alone. Always trying to bring down someone elses happiness, so screw you. Especially you @Sue, @Gymluv and @Sorrynotsorry, go to hell, let them be freaking happy. You wouldn’t be saying that crap if it was you nor would you say that crap in their faces. Trolls, that’s what you are. Anyway, they’re so happy and making money at the same time so they’re fine. Leave them be. I’m pretty sure that they don’t care about your negative comments anyway, they’re happy that they can finally have that baby they wish and hoped for and just enjoying life carefree regardless of what you and anyone has to say.

Grey on

I’m so happy for them. They’re so cute together. My niece is obsessed with Big Time Rush. I’m 13 weeks pregnant with my third baby and the morning sickness is killing me so i know how she feels. I have hyperemesis gravidarum which is severe nausea during pregnancy. For me, it doesn’t goes away until the day after i give birth but hard lemon candies work wonders for me. I had it with all of my pregnancies. And so what if they’re paid spokesman? They’re still pregnant after trying so hard for a little one. Leave them alone. Always trying to bring down someone elses happiness, screw you. Especially you @Sue, @Gymluv and @Sorrynotsorry, let them be happy. You wouldn’t anyone saying that if it was you nor would you say that in their faces. Trolls. Anyway, they’re so happy and making money at the same time so they’re fine. Leave them be. I’m pretty sure that they don’t care about your negative bullcrap comments anyway, they’re happy that they can finally have that baby they wish and hoped for and just enjoying life carefree regardless of what you and anyone has to say.

Grey on

I’m so happy for them. They’re so cute together. My niece is obsessed with Big Time Rush. I’m 13 weeks pregnant with my third baby and the morning sickness sucks so i know how she feels. I have hyperemesis gravidarum which is severe nausea during pregnancy. For me, it doesn’t goes away until the day after i give birth but hard lemon candies work wonders for me. I had it with all of my pregnancies. And so what if they’re paid spokesman? They’re still pregnant after trying so hard for a little one. Leave them alone. Always trying to bring down someone elses happiness. Especially you @Sue, @Gymluv and @Sorrynotsorry, let them be happy. You wouldn’t anyone saying that if it was you nor would you say that in their faces. Trolls, that what you are. Leave them be. I’m pretty sure that they don’t care about your negative comments anyway, they’re happy that they can finally have that baby they wish and hoped for and just enjoying life carefree regardless of what you and anyone has to say.

Gigi B on

I’m so happy for them. They’re so cute together. My niece is obsessed with Big Time Rush. I’m 13 weeks pregnant with my third baby and the morning sickness sucks so i know how she feels. I have hyperemesis gravidarum which is severe nausea during pregnancy. For me, it doesn’t goes away until the day after i give birth but hard lemon candies work wonders for me. I had it with all of my pregnancies. And so what if they’re paid spokesman? They’re still pregnant after trying so hard for a little one. Leave them alone. Always trying to bring down someone elses happiness. Especially you @Sue, @Gymluv and @Sorrynotsorry, let them be happy. You wouldn’t anyone saying that if it was you nor would you say that in their faces. Trolls, that’s what you are. Leave them be. I’m pretty sure that they don’t care about your negative comments anyway, they’re happy that they can finally have that baby they wish and hoped for and just enjoying life carefree regardless of what you and anyone has to say.

Yolander on

So happy for them. Congratulations.

June on

I’m currently going thru the same thing, I’m glad to have public figures talk about the struggle versus oops I just got pregnant

Tina on

Congratulations to them.

Anonymous on

@Gigi B/Grey – did you just keep hitting enter or are you OCD or something?? We don’t care about your story once, much less over and over and over. Get a grip.

kitty62862 on

I watched them on DWTS. These are just lovely people. They will be awesome parents.

When I was pregnant, I was like a cat. All I wanted to do was eat and take naps.

Best wishes

Alissa on

I think they are a lovely couple, gorgeous looking, and compatible to each other, good for them.

Anonymous on

Enjoyed watched them on DWTS. They were wonderful!

Omalz on

He is such a funny guy on DWTS, especially during the rehearsal episodes LOL

guest on

I congratulate them as a baby is a blessing. But it seems like they got pregnant pretty quickly. Weren’t they on the fall edition of DWTS and now she looks a few months pregnant so how long did it really take?? A few months?? The way they talk it about it as that have been trying for years!!!