Dancing with the Stars Pros Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov Expecting First Baby

Dancing with the Stars crowned a new champion on Monday, but the DWTS family will continue to grow this spring.
PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that DWTS pros Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov are expecting their first baby in May.
"We've wanted a family since we got married and we've been married eight and a half years, so we're more than ready to have a baby," Karagach, 30, tells PEOPLE. “We wanted to start planning this year and coincidentally the timing was absolutely perfect. I actually found out I was pregnant on the premiere day of [DWTS Season 31]."
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Karagach - who tied the knot with Pashkov, 36, in 2014 - says her season 31 partner Joseph Baena didn't know about her pregnancy, but "he's a sweetheart and he's been really super gentle with me, although he didn't know. "
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The New York native has had "no nausea since day one" and was just a little more conscious of her body as she competed during her first trimester.
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"My body is just so used to dancing and being active that if I kind of go the other way it's too extreme for my body," says Karagach. "My doctor said, 'The fact that you keep dancing is actually healthy for the baby.' That was refreshing to hear."
Karagach and Pashkov briefed their DWTS castmates on the baby news ahead of Monday's finals, and she says NBA star Iman Shumpert, her partner with whom she won the 2021 Mirrorball Trophy, had the "funniest" reaction.
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JOSEPH BAENA, DANI KARAGACH DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Premiere Party' - 'Dancing with the Stars' returns for a star-studded 31st season with 16 new celebrities ready to perform for their first live performance on MONDAY, SEPT . 19 (8pm ET / 5pm PT), on Disney+. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
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"I can't wait to bring a baby into the Dancing with the Stars family," says Karagach. "They're all so loving and supportive, so it was so, so special to share this news with them."
Colleague Witney Carson announced her pregnancy earlier this month and Val Chmerkovskiy's wife Jenna Johnson sat out season 31 due to her pregnancy, leaving Karagach with plenty of friends making similar journeys alongside her.
"I'm definitely going to reach a lot of my friends on the show," she says. "We need all the help we can get!"
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Karagakh and Pashkov plan to find out the baby's sex over Thanksgiving. "Pasha and I really want a girl, but as long as the baby is healthy, that's all we really care about," says Karagach.
But the couple goes back and forth on what they think the baby's gender might actually be. "Sometimes we subconsciously talk about the baby as 'he,' sometimes as 'she,' so it feels different every day," explains Pashkov. "When we told our family, everyone had different assumptions."
Karagach feels comfortable on the path to parenthood. "I feel like it's becoming second nature to us," she says. "I can't wait to see Pasha become a father because he's unreal with kids. There is no fear, there is no stress. I feel a sense of calm. The baby will only change our lives for the better.”
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 18: DWTS, Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach attend the 3rd Annual Dance To End Hunger Gala at City Market Social House on June 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/Getty Images)
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In addition to the birth of a child, Karagach and Pashkov also plan to celebrate another big moment in life in the near future: buying a house.
"We want to settle down and finally buy a house and start our new chapter," says Karagach. "And then hopefully three months after I'm born we'll go right back on the show. We have our plans for the future. Hopefully everything goes smoothly.”
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The parents-to-be will not be attending the upcoming DWTS tour, but will be spending time preparing for these upcoming changes.
"On the one hand, we can't wait to meet this baby, but on the other hand, we want to enjoy this journey," says Pashkov. "The baby is born into so much love and care."
Karagakh agrees. "We'll probably smother the kid with love and they'll get so mad that we kiss them all the time," she jokes. "There's just so much love to give and I can't wait to finally give it to a little baby."
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