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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Reveals Peta Murgatroyd’s Nerves During First Pregnancy

09/20/2016 at 01:45 PM ET

Maksim Peta Parenting Advice

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are masters on the dance floor, but becoming parents is a completely new challenge for the Dancing with the Stars pros.

“Right now we’re figuring out what is going on,” Chmerkovskiy, 36, told reporters backstage after Monday’s episode of DWTS.

“For the longest time, [Peta] was, like, ‘The body parts are getting bigger!’ Or she would have morning sickness — we got lucky and she never really threw up, but she felt yucky — and she would say, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ ”

But Chmerkovskiy has done his best to calm his fiancée’s nerves.

“I would tell her, ‘We know exactly what it is. You’re pregnant and congratulations,’ ” he said.

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Chmerkovskiy is making sure to cater to Murgatroyd, 30, who expects to give birth to their first son together in January.

“Peta’s a strong sort of independent character,” he said. “But it’s not like, ‘Oh, I want this and I want that.’ She doesn’t voice her needs like that. She’s like, ‘Just surprise me with spoils.’ ”

And he loves spoiling her with whatever she wants — but that doesn’t include junk food.

“She doesn’t have cravings of Burger King and McDonald’s,” Chmerkovskiy said. “She has cravings of 5 star restaurants, grass-feed organic kobe beef.”

As for if he thinks his future son will have a similar palate, “I’m trying to understand if that’s where it leads to,” he says.

— Patrick Gomez

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Sammie on

Why are these 2 attention whores getting so much publicity? How about giving some coverage to Maks and his partner on the show instead of shoving his baby incubator down our throats every 5 minutes?

Anna on

Maybe if Maks concentrated more on his partner and doing his job and less on getting tabloid coverage for him and Peta Amber might actually improve at dancing.

Hector S. on

It sounds like the honeymoon is over before they even get married. I don’t like either one of them.

Virginia on

Is she still smoking?

faye hadden on

don’t like either one of them. Why so much attention given to these jerks

FC on

Maks and Peta must be paying alot of money because there is no other reason d-list reality trash would be getting this many stories.

Anne on

So easy to say really nasty things online, anonymously, isn’t it? There actually are many people who delight in Maks and Peta’s incredible dancing, charming relationship and enjoy seeing her as she gets closer to motherhood. Why when we have to listen to filthy lyrics on some rap music, or watch videos of gyrating, near sexual acts, crotch grabbing and pants falling off, why can’t a simple and natural thing like a pregnancy be allowed without all the miserable comments? Do I detect a bully out there? get back under your rock.

KittyKat on

Hey Anne. How charming was their relationship when he dumped her and humiliated her by saying on TV it was because she didn’t make him happy? How charming is it that he took her back right after Karina told him she wasn’t interested in getting back with him? How charming is it that she let him knock her up before he married her because he wanted a kid right away? You have a weird idea of charming. I think they’re both gross and their relationship is a joke.

Anonymous on

Guys – it’s the same troll posting under different names, over and over again. Peta & Max aren’t the Kardashians. They aren’t Kate + 8, Housewifes, and all the other reality trash. They are dancers that got cast in a show that became popular. Becoming a professional dancer, especially at their level, takes 20+ years on incredibly hard work. I have zero problem with them.

Penny on

I love Max and Peta!! I like reading about their relationship and if you don’t want to read about them don’t!!! No one is making you read about them!