Katherine Heigl Says Her First Pregnancy Is ‘Unexpected But Thrilling’: I Didn’t Know If It ‘Was in the Cards for Us’

06/23/2016 at 02:45 PM ET

She’s already a mom of two, but Katherine Heigl just announced her first pregnancy. The baby she and her husband of eight years, Josh Kelley, will welcome in January will be the couple’s third child and first son.

But the former Grey’s Anatomy actress is on top of it, already taking to her blog to expand on what the news means for her family.

“It was totally unexpected but thrilling,” Heigl, 37, wrote in a Thursday post after sharing her exciting news exclusively with PEOPLE. “The whole pregnancy thing is new to me but the thrill of having a baby is not.”

In the post, Heigl also shared a photo of two tiny knit booties, with the caption, “Blue is for … BOY!!!”

Katherine Heigl Pregnancy Blog Post
Katherine Heigl/Twitter

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Two people who are just as (if not more so) excited as Heigl and Kelley to welcome the new baby into the soon-to-be family of five? Big sisters Naleigh Mi-Eun, 7, and Adalaide Marie Hope, 4 — whom the couple adopted in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

“Naleigh and Adalaide are over the moon and [cannot] wait to spoil their new sibling rotten,” she writes, adding that of course she and her singer-songwriter husband, 36, are “full of high hopes and bubbling anticipation.”

The family has been wanting to expand their brood, the Knocked Up star adds, but she also makes it clear they didn’t care one way or the other how it would happen.

“We were considering adoption again, fostering, or pregnancy if possible,” she shares. “Seeing as I have never been pregnant and as my OB/GYN reminded me last year, I’m of advanced maternal age, I wasn’t sure pregnancy was even in the cards for us. Turns out it was very much in the cards!”

Heigl notes that she’s excited to chronicle her pregnancy journey with her readers, and offers her sincere gratitude for the overflowing support she has received already from the people in her life. She also mentions she has explored various apps, blogs and books to help her in this time of her life.

Sharing a couple of black-and-white photos of herself wearing sunglasses while she gets an ultrasound — “I’m near sighted and without my glasses, which I forgot, I couldn’t see the little bugger on the wall mounted screen. Thankfully I had my prescription sunglasses with me! Ultimately I was glad I had the sunglasses on so no one would see me crying” — Heigl writes, “I’ve learned so much already, and know there’s even more to learn as this baby grows.”

“This is truly an amazingly blessed time, waiting for the child you’ve been dreaming of to make their appearance,” she continues. “Though I’ve never been a particularly patient person, my experience of waiting for Naleigh taught me a lot in that department.

“So I will wait and eagerly anticipate, hopefully with grace, gratitude and a good attitude (ummm pregnancy hormones are real people).”

— Jen Juneau

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kellydecola on

I know many don’t, but I love this woman! lol. Good luck to them all, it’s such an amazing experience with many ups and downs, but all of it is totally worth it.

Lila on

First, I am not a Heigl hater. I still have warm feelings for Izzie. But I think it is a bit gross to post (or sell) your ultrasound pics.

Peggy on

I’m confused. The baby isn’t due til January 2017 which is 7 months away. You normally have to be 20 weeks or 5 months to know gender. Did she have an amnio also in addition to this US? Anyway, congratulations and enjoy all of it.

Sharon M. on

Wonder if they know the due date for this little fellow-have two “grands,” both girls, born that month-one on Jan. 2, the other Jan. 16…?

Ashley on

Peggy–there is a new test these days they do for mothers who are high risk and you are able to find out the gender at like 12 weeks now from it. I only know this because my friend and his wife had to go through it. I am not sure the name of it. But then again I always thought celebrities found out really early anyway.

Emma on

Congrats to her!! That is wonderful news!!! But why is she wearing sunglasses indoors, at an ultrasound?! lol!!

Anonymous on

Peggy: You can have a blood test at 11 weeks, it’s recommended for women 35 or older.

Guest on

She herself said her doctor referred to her as being of “advanced maternal age” I expect there are many more tests she will have to have. One of those, especially blood tests, could have easily have told them the baby is a boy!

M on

@peggy Since she is considered a “geriatric pregnancy” they do something like an amniocentesis to make sure there aren’t any issues. When they do that they can tell the gender as well. Also you can find out the gender as early as 14 weeks.

Jodie James on

So happy for her. Love the way they have had their family. And now a by! But why is she wearing sunglasses in that pic during her ultrasound? Lol.

Brooke on

Peggy – There are new tests. My friend found out at 11 weeks gestation.

Dani on

Peggy – in addition to amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, there are advanced blood tests now that can determine gender starting at 10 weeks gestation. The tests are encouraged in high risk pregnancies and can determine chromosomal issues as well.

Veronica on

Peggy – There are ultrasound technicians who offer elective early gender determination as early as 13 weeks. I’ve gone that route with each of my pregnancies 🙂

Hollywoodista on

@Peggy since she’s of advanced maternal age, she likely had a genetic screening test done. It’s becoming very common, even among younger mothers. It’s usually performed around the 12th week of pregnancy, and it shows whether a Y chromosome is present in the mother’s blood. Y chromosome = boy, no Y chromosome = girl. It’s even more accurate than ultrasounds performed at later stages of pregnancy.

gh on

Good for them! Congrats!

Emma on

@Peggy you can find out gender with 3D ultrasounds earlier than 20 weeks now – Many ultrasound clinics will offer to do it at 15 – 16+ weeks. I even know somebody who found out she was having a boy at 14 weeks – of course, the tech couldn’t be 100% certain but the she said she was about 90% sure, and as it turned out she was correct. At 20 weeks it’s far more certain so other places (like doctors’ offices) will have you wait or suggest you wait. But they can make pretty good guesses before that.

Also, you can now pay for a special blood test that exists that is able to analyze fetal DNA cells through the mother’s blood and tell you the gender. It’s non-invasive, just a regular blood test like any other. It can be done at 8-10 weeks.

Finally, it’s possible she needed the help of IVF to get pregnant and in that case, she could’ve paid extra to pick the gender. Even if you don’t “need” IVF, you can pay to have embryos transferred anyway so that you can pick the gender. It’s called PGD.

mary on

most likely she had CVS testing or similar done at 10wks, she is advanced maternal age. I had it at 36 too.

irenejohnson52 on


Sara on

Hope she stopped smoking 4 packs a day!!!

Val on

I think the test everyone is referring to is called Harmony Test. I’m 42 and had one done at 12 weeks and learned we are having a boy. Did not have it with my previous pregnancies so it must be new,

Anonymous on

no one cares, correct?

Anonymous on

/does anyone really give a s*** about her and her pregnancy?

Reine on

Congratulations to her & her husband. I knew she had adopted one child but didn’t realize she adopted a second one.

Anonymous on

“I’m near sighted and without my glasses, which I forgot, I couldn’t see the little bugger on the wall mounted screen. Thankfully I had my prescription sunglasses with me!” is the caption she has on in her blog post. That’s the reason for the sunglasses.

G7 on

Peggy – It’s June 23rd. Assuming that she’s being truthful about a January due date – January is exactly 6 months and 1 week away – which means someone with a 1/1 due date would be 13 weeks along. And it sounds like you haven’t known anyone having a baby in the last 5-10 years. Many women find out well before 20 weeks. 9 years ago I found out at 14 weeks by ultrasound. My last baby we found out at 10 weeks via blood test.

Mrs. B on

I agree with others who said that she found out the gender so early by a blood test. This must be routine now. I work with two women who aren’t high risk (in their twenties) who found out in their eleventh week what they were having. I think it’s amazing the technology they have these days. I didn’t even have an ultrasound with my pregnancies. They didn’t do them in those days unless something was wrong.

Marky on

Congratulations to the happy couple!! So happy for them, and wish them a healthy pregnancy and delivery…I have both adopted and biological children, and have a Korean daughter who is amazing; love this family and their precious girls. Look forward to their new addition!

Shannon on

She most likely did the genetic testing, I’m 35 and we did the genetic blood test and we found out the sex at 13 weeks.

Jodie on

What precious unexpected news!! I have always liked her.

MrsB122416 on

I am so irritated. I am 14 weeks along and had the genetic testing done just for piece of mind. I asked the dr if we can find out gender with the test and they told me no! They told me I have to wait until 18-20wks! Wtf??!!!

Jenny Winget on

I am very excited for both of them. I have always liked her. Congrats!

Karen on

Congrats!!!! Wonder if Dr. Ken offered to do your delivery??? Wishing nothing love and happiness to you and your family!!!!

Debbe on

You can certainly tell the gender at 3 months, if for example, their privates show clearly on the screen. Someone questioned that. I was in my late third month and they were able to tell with me. Also, she says pregnancy hormones are real, actually all women should pay attention and realize any hormone is real. I had no issues at puberty, none at pregnancy and birth, NOW I have the mother load at perimenopause. We all are not affected by them at the same time, but we all are affected somehow. Even if it is just in the form of monthly PMS. It is real and it can be scary. With that said, Congrats on their baby boy. 37, I can’t believe it is called advanced maternal age but wishing for an easy pregnancy and delivery for her.

Anonymous on

Congratulations. I like Katherine and wish her nothing but a safe and healthy pregnancy!

Vonna on

She needs to stop smoking for the health of her unborn child.

Maggie on

Yay Izzie!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Anonymous on

The baby and blog are obviously PR moves to make her more relatable to the mommy crowd. I say good luck to her because I don’t think anything is going to help revive her career at this point.

Hahaha on

Sunglasses in the ultrasound because the baby’s future is so bright lol

B on

Also not a Heigel hater, but why sunglasses during an ultrasound? If anything the room is somewhat dim during ultrasounds…

lisa on

I’ve found out I was having a boy at 13 weeks into pregnancy so you don’t have to be 20 to find it out!! mine is 100% boy because that wasn’t the umbilical cord!! hehehe

Elizabeth on

Peggy, They can do a blood test in the first trimester to find out many things such as the baby’s head and it also reveals the gender. She was offered it most likely because she’s of advanced maternal age. I had it with my two children on earth due to my first and second pregnancies having severe complications and sadly things didn’t end well. With my third and fourth pregnancies they wanted to take every precaution to make sure my babies were ok. We learned at 10 weeks each time that we were expecting daughters.

Annabelle Lee on

How wonderful. I remember the thrill I felt when I found out I was pregnant with both of my children. There is no other feeling that can duplicate it. My Congratulations go out to this happy couple. This is a wonderful journey.

Sarah on

The next time I see my GYN I’m leaving my sunglasses on.

Michelle on

from her blog
“I’m near sighted and without my glasses, which I forgot, I couldn’t see the little bugger on the wall mounted screen. Thankfully I had my prescription sunglasses with me!”

windy on

won’t she need to quit smoking? should have done that for her kids already

Mary Jo on

i have two wonderfully adopted 12 year old children from kahzakstan. They are incredible kids who are not actually biologically connected. Six months later I had a biological baby. They are all equals in ours and each other’s eyes. Children are a blessing no matter where they come from!

Steph on

FYI she didn’t SELL any pictures. These are taken of her very OWN website and Twitter. Congrats so happy for her

LaLa on

I think she is great, and wish them nothing but the best.

amyinoaktown on

Congrats to her and family! Love that she adopted two wonderful girls, and also now has opportunity to have another child.

kitty62862 on

Congratulations, cherish every moment!

Marky on

The haatful comment from Anonymous, indicating no one cares about this pregnancy, or that Katherine Heigl is trying to be relevant…whatever. So tired of the negativity on this site; women should be more supportive, and the fact that she chose to leave a show, or isn’t best friends with Shonda Rhimes, shouldn’t mean that people can’t be happy for her that she is pregnant. She forgot her glasses, like many people have done at times, and happily used her prescription sunglasses to see her baby on the ultrasound. Why can’t people just be happy for this couple who has been straight up about the good, the bad and the in between and whether you think she’s your favorite actress or not, you could be happy for her that she is pregnant for the first time. There are many actresses I wouldn’t pay money to see in a movie or ever watch in a tv show, but kissed if I would get on here and diss them when they get pregnant! Just so rude and hateful….can’t imagine how you would feel if someone publicly insulted you and said “who cares?” when you got pregnant! Be nice, or put a sock in it.

jessiemaystorm on

That’s exciting for them! Btw though People, Naleigh’s full name is Nancy Leigh, not Naleigh Moon.

Becky on

How exciting for her and her family! For those asking, there are a few different blood tests that can be done as early as 11 weeks that test for genetic disorders. One is called MaterniT21. I am pretty sure it’s offered to everyone over 35. When I was 39, I had some routine blood tests done around 16-17 weeks that came back with a “greater than 1:3 chance of Trisomy 18”. I had never heard that word before. The lady who called with the results told me not to google and that its pretty scary. I googled and kept finding the phrase “incompatible with life”. An ultrasound and amnio confirmed it. I was 18 weeks. The doctors suggested termination. We said no. Our son, Blake, passed away when I was 32 weeks pregnant. All this to say, I pray if she is a heavy smoker like everyone is saying, that she gives them up for the life and health of her sweet baby boy. I couldn’t do anything to save my son, but if she’s been blessed with a healthy baby, I pray to God she takes care of herself and him. I am so happy for her. What a sweet surprise.

Stephanie on

When I am counting, she is about two months pregnant. How does she know already the gender of her baby? Strange

Inge on

Maybe read the blogpost on her site before you judge:
I’m near sighted and without my glasses, which I forgot, I couldn’t see the little bugger on the wall mounted screen. Thankfully I had my prescription sunglasses with me!

veggie mama on

A pleasant surprise, but I’d hardly call 37 so advanced maternal age. She is also fit and healthy, no doubt has excellent care. Seems these days 37 is the new 27. Wish her well. And their family. Love that she adopted. So many children need good homes.

Lauren on

I know she adopted one child but didn’t know she adopted another one.

oscargoldman on

Let’s count the rat’s asses that are given:


angelika on

Can’t recognize her with that large sunglasses.

Anonymous on

Such wonderful news!!

People should learn to read AND comprehend! For those saying who cares, clearly lots of people. Looks like you cared enough to click and comment. Scroll and roll, why comment if you don’t care.

Anonymous on

how does she know it’s a boy???? I am due at the beginning of December and I have to wait two more weeks to find out gender of the baby/

Luisa on

Her hairstyle looks stylish LOL.

Jen on

Due in January, and already know the sex? Hmm.. She must be further along.. Most women do not publicly announce til the ending of the first trimester… Wish her well! I’ve known several women who got pregnant *after* adopting. It’s amazing isn’t it!! Oh and she’s not AMA.. I had my last at 38 and it’s becoming much more commonplace. My ob/gyn said it used to be at 35, but now really starts at 38 or 39! ; )

@hmm on

@hmm: 37 is not old. There are women in their mid 40’s who have gotten pregnant. Not everyone is able to have children in their 20’s and early 30’s.

wm on

Oh, heaven help us… We’re going to have to hear about this woman for the next 7 months. Not a fan of hers at all!

Vanna on

It’s ridiculous she is wearing sunglasses in the room

Lola on

She looks so happy and thumbing up LOL.

Ava Kennett on

My husband and I decided we were ready to start a family. We got pregnant right away, but then had a miscarriage. After a few months of trying with no results, we decided I would try acupuncture. I had never tried this before. But to my huge disappointment we just wasted our time and money. My co-worker advice to use IVF in one of Kiev clinic as she was there herself. They even offer all-inclusive packages for lower prices and with high rank of positive results. And they will prepare all needed documents for u. So we decided on it. During the first two weeks of your cycle when you’re doing IVF you’re going in for blood work and ultrasounds every day or every other day. After first cycle for three days I was on bed rest. Finally when it came we got the best news of our lives: we were pregnant. We were so happy. Now I have my miracle; my superstar. Ukraine gives us a gift that we deserve more than anyone else.