Former Dancing With the Stars champion and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East recently announced her pregnancy with her second child.
Johnson East took to Instagram to announce her pregnancy, sharing a photo of her and her husband, Andrew East, kissing and photos of their daughter with the caption, “Here we go again… #babyeast.”
The couple welcomed their first daughter, Drew, into the world just over one year ago. They recently posted a video on their YouTube channel about their journey to the second pregnancy and said they would keep viewers updated throughout the entire journey. At the time of writing, the video had over 1 million views.
The Couple Opened up About Their First Pregnancy
In the YouTube video announcing their news, the couple opened up about their first pregnancy and the birth of their 1-year-old daughter.
Johnson East said she went through a 22-hour labor and ended up undergoing a C-section. Because of that, their doctor told them they should wait at least a year before having a second child, which allowed them to have a longer recovery time than they would have had otherwise.
“[Then] we got the clear from our doctor to start trying,” she shared. “It took us a while to get pregnant the first time, so I didn’t know how long it was going to take. I didn’t know if it would be harder to get pregnant this time.”
Johnson East Got Pregnant Quickly the Second Time
According to their YouTube video, Johnson missed a period quickly after they started trying the second time. When she took a pregnancy test, however, it came up negative.
“So we try again, and I think it was five days after we tried, I was like, ‘Oh, I should take a pregnancy test,’ which doesn’t make any sense. You can’t take a pregnancy test that quick,” she said. “And I took it and it came out positive. I was like, ‘What?’ … That night, I was sitting on the couch, basking in this like, ‘Holy crap, that was fast.’ And nothing was adding up. This isn’t possible. And then I was like, ‘Holy crap, I’ve been pregnant for two months.'”
Soon after she found out she was pregnant, the former Olympian’s husband found out he tested positive for COVID-19, meaning he had to self-isolate for two weeks.
“We were scared to begin with that you had COVID, we weren’t sure if Drew had it, and we weren’t sure if I had it,” Johnson shared. “I was [asking my doctors], ‘What do we do? Do I need to worry about being pregnant, especially early on in the pregnancy?’ I got so scared of potentially increasing my risk of miscarriage.”
The couple shared that Baby East is due in summer 2021, and they both hope they have a boy. At the end of their video, though, the couple seemed to tease something exciting; they may be having two babies.
“We’ve gotta make sure there’s only one,” an ultrasound technician can be seen telling the couple at one of their appointments.