Shay Mitchell is sharing her pregnancy journey.
Although the Pretty Little Liars alum and her boyfriend, Matte Babel, have kept their three-year relationship private, Mitchell has shared a lot about experiencing a miscarriage and her second pregnancy since she announced she and Babel were expecting a child together in an Instagram post and subsequent YouTube video on June 28, 2019.
Shay Mitchell’s pregnancy announcement
After Mitchell announced she and Babel were expecting, she got personal about it in a YouTube video, explaining that hiding took a toll on her.
“When you’re in the public eye, there are some things that you want to just keep a secret until you feel ready. This for me has been the hardest. This is going to be really fun and awesome when I’m not trying to hide it anymore” Mitchell said in her Guess Who’s Preggers video she posted to YouTube after announcing her pregnancy on Instagram and Twitter.
She also said at times, she felt lonely being pregnant. To boost her self-confidence she took part in a photoshoot showing off her baby bump and used photographs from the shoot as part of her social media announcement.
The 32-year-old first revealed she had a miscarriage last year in a YouTube video she posted at the start of 2019.
Mitchell documents pregnancy in YouTube series
In the actress’s new YouTube series, Almost Ready, she opens up about her miscarriage and subsequent pregnancy.
During the first episode, she explained why she decided to wait before going public with her second pregnancy.
“I chose to hold on until I announced [my second pregnancy] because of the first time,” Mitchell said in the first episode of the YouTube series, referencing her 2018 miscarriage.
“It didn’t go as I had hoped for, and it was extremely difficult. […] When it happened, I was just completely blindsided by it. I still have those photos on my phone. I still have all the doctor visit [videos], and it’s weird because I haven’t looked at them, but it’s not like I forgot about that happening. Of course, I’m, like, super happy, but I still feel for the one that I lost.”
The actress also gave fans details about her relationship with Babel.
“Matte and I started quietly dating about three years ago,” Mitchell said. “I guess you could say we’re best friends now. When I first found out I was pregnant, we were super happy slash really nervous.”
In another YouTube video following her pregnancy announcement at the end of June, Mitchell and Babel found out the gender of their baby with the help of some friends.
Dressed as Power Rangers — one pink and one blue — their friends duked it out until they finally told the expecting couple they were having a girl.
The news matched what family members and close friends guessed when the couple took a poll before the big gender reveal.
Expect to learn much more about Mitchell’s pregnancy in the upcoming weeks. She will continue to share her pregnancy journey with her fans, posting new episodes in the series every other Wednesday on her YouTube channel.
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