Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd on the Best Parenting Advice They’ve Received: ‘Don’t Read Books!’

06/30/2016 at 11:30 AM ET

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy only publicly revealed they are expecting their first child on Wednesday, but the advice has already begun rolling in for the parents-to-be.

“Everybody is telling us different things,” says Chmerkovskiy, 36, who shared his and his fiancée‘s happy news in the current issue of PEOPLE. “But the main point is to not plan. Go with it and enjoy the process.”

And no planning means no reading!

“I was glad to hear people tell me, ‘Don’t read books. You don’t need to,’ ” says Murgatroyd, 29.

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Not that the reigning Dancing with the Stars champion followed the advice.

“I did buy a couple at the beginning, and I have read a fair bit of them,” she admits. “I was so nervous. I just want to be the best and do the best I can do for this child.”

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But Murgatroyd acknowledges all her planning could be for nothing.

“People say, ‘Just go with it. You will know what to do when the baby is in your arms,’ ” says the mother-to-be, who has yet to find out whether she’s having a boy or girl. “Every birthing experience is going to be different.”

Chmerkovskiy, for one, is looking forward to a village helping to raise his child.

“We’re lucky because we have a lot of support and help,” he says. “We’re not the type of couple that is just on our own.”

“I’m looking forward to nurturing something and just having the baby be the center of our world,” adds Murgatroyd, who is due in January and plans to wed Chmerkovskiy next summer. “I’m looking forward to putting all our energy into this beautiful soul.”

For more from Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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Kesh on

I agree about not reading books. However, that first child will have you reading every newborn book ever written and not to say those books were wrong; they all had some information but each child is different and you really do learn more by just going with your child’s flow. But, new parents really try doing things by the book. Funny thing is by the time you have your next child you forget all about doing things by the book.

K on

Looking at them, I’m guessing “Don’t read books” is more of a life motto than just a pregnancy guideline.

“Don’t, like, *hair toss* read books ’cause, like, *giggle* books are haaaard.”

Sam on

K, if you’re taking the time to look at articles about people you don’t like and making major assumptions on them based on their appearances, I’d wager you’re not much of a reader yourself.

STAXY on

This woman just stopped clubbing like 8 months ago and now she thinks shw can give advice on how to me a mother.lol

Olivia on

Preach, Sam!

Laila on

Great advice since I doubt either of them knows how to read

Jay on

Idk, I personally think it’s kind of irresponsible to tell new parents to not read books. Especially when it’s your first kid; nobody goes into it as an expert, so why not soak up all the information you can?

NanuNanu on

All I can say is that I hope the baby looks like Maks. I never thought Peta looked was pretty, really very average looking. And I think the only book Peta ever read was titled “See Spot Run.” Maks doesn’t strike me as a book reader either.

Anonymous on

I bet you maxs wants to get married now before baby is born. Wedding date will get changed for the 5th time.

samantha on

Maybe it’s good they don’t have to read books, just get advises from friends.

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