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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Professionals Are Expecting Their First Child Together

Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy at Sandals Royal Curaçao Grand Opening Weekend CelebrationPhoto by John Parra/Getty Images for Sandals Resorts

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Dancing With the Stars professionals Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy are officially expecting their first child together. It’s been revealed that Johnson is currently in her second trimester.

Jenna Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy are Expecting Their First Child Together

On July 15, People exclusively revealed that the fan favorite Dancing With the Stars professionals are expecting their first child together. Within the announcement, Johnson explained that two weeks after their trip to Cabo, she realized she had missed her period. Her pregnancy test was immediately positive.

“The shock and just disbelief was insane. I couldn’t believe it because it it wasn’t an easy journey for us to get pregnant,” she said.

To tell her husband, Johnson bought a children’s pair of Jordans and put them into a bigger box with two positive pregnancy tests. When Chmerkovskiy came home that day, Johnson surprised him with the sneakers, even though he had gone out to buy himself a pair. The professional dancer explained that her husband was confused at the size of the sneakers at first, then realized they weren’t for either of them. She called the moment “priceless.”

Following the couples announcement, Johnson shared the photos to her personal Instagram. Within her caption, she reveals that their baby is due in January 2023. Chmerkovskiy has yet to share the photos to his Instagram at this time.

“Our biggest dream come true yet,” she wrote. “Baby Chmerkovskiy coming this January! My heart has grown beyond comprehension while growing this little miracle inside of me. We can’t wait to meet our precious angel.”

Will Either of Them Return to DWTS?

Johnson will not return to the ballroom for Dancing With the Stars‘s first season on Disney+. The professional dancer has acknowledged that her goal is to keep her body healthy at the moment. She has recently taken a more relaxed approach at life to prioritize the baby’s life.

“One of the best things for me was finding peace and not having to feel like I needed to be so busy and insanely active,” she said. “I think I’m just giving my body the necessary rest. I think that’s the best thing I can do for myself. It’s also just taught me that I can be okay with downtime. I don’t need to overwork myself.”

She is currently embracing her body throughout it’s ongoing changes. Even though the dancer is used to having a fit physique, she explained that she’s found ways to be super grateful and find moments of gratitude throughout the process. Chmerkovskiy has also been supportive of her changing body, Johnson noted that he’s been “so sweet and positive” which has made her “feel so beautiful.”

Even though Johnson will not return for this season of Dancing With the Stars, Chmerkovskiy hopes to return to his role in the fall. This series is rumored to premiere on Disney+ on September 19.

Their Relationship Timeline

This couple began as colleagues, but has blossomed into so much more in the public eye. They first met as part of the Dancing With the Stars dance troupe. Chmerkovskiy joined the troupe in 2011, but Johnson didn’t come around until 2014, when she was employed as a troupe member.

Reports state that the couple became close friends while on set for about a year before becoming romantically involved. They had an on and off relationship in 2015 and 2016, but officially went steady in 2017. Two years later, they tied the knot Rancho Palo Verdes, California. Since their marriage, the couple has been open about their desire to have a child.

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