Dancing With the Stars alum Alexa PenaVega is featured in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Fit Pregnancy and Baby.
Somewhere between starring on Nashville and competing on Dancing With the Stars, actress Alexa PenaVega (you knew her as Alexa Vega when she was in the Spy Kids films), 28, decided it was baby time. She and her husband, Carlos PenaVega, 27 (of Big Time Rush fame), tried. And tried. And tried some more, but it just wasn’t happening. “You hear about women who get accidentally pregnant, and I kept thinking, ‘Accidentally? This is hard!’” she says. The couple, who famously combined his last name, Pena, with her last name, Vega, persevered. After almost a year of trying, it finally worked. Their son, whom they plan to name Ocean King PenaVega, is due in November, and the parents-to-be are documenting the pregnancy via a series of adorable YouTube videos called “Lex & Los.”
When you want a baby, the timing is always right.
“Carlos and I wanted kids for a while, but this industry does not make it easy for you to be pregnant. We travel so much for work. Plus, we wanted to be in a good place financially. But we realized that the ‘perfect time’ doesn’t exist. So, about six months before I was scheduled to go on Dancing With the Stars, I had my IUD removed and said, ‘Whatever happens, happens.’”
The sex only gets better.
“I started using an ovulation kit that gives you a happy face when it’s a good time to try. Carlos was rehearsing for Grease: Live at the time, and I’d text him, ‘Baby, you need to get home now.’ I found there’s such a difference between having sex when you’re trying for a kid and when you aren’t. For us, sex became so much more intimate, beautiful, and passionate when we were trying. Suddenly the realization hits you: ‘Oh my God, we could be starting another life!’ That brought us so much closer.
The baby’s coming out one way or another.
“I’d like to have a natural birth, but I don’t know how I’m going to feel on the actual day. I might get an epidural after five minutes. That’s why I don’t want to have any birth plan set in stone. You never know how your body will react to labor.”
Photo Credit: Coliena Rentmeester for Fit Pregnancy and Baby