Christy Hemme, TNA Impact Wrestling’s ring announcer and former WWE Diva, is no stranger to fitness and hard work. Hemme has been consistently exercising since she was a teenager, and that same hard work (and hard abs) made her a force to be reckoned with—both inside and outside of the wrestling ring. Now, Hemme has a whole new reason to stay active: she’s expecting a baby! We caught up with her to chat about her pregnancy.
You're a singer, songwriter, ring announcer, writer, and producer. Are you worried about how you're going to balance it all as a mom?
Having a baby has been a huge dream of mine, since I met my husband. I do have a really full plate, but I like it that way. I don’t envision slowing down once the baby arrives. I think it is all about working out a balance. It took my husband and me several years to figure out the right groove for us, one that kept us active in our ambition while still making each other a priority. I think the same will be true once the new baby arrives.
Did you feel tired during your first trimester? How do you keep up with your busy schedule?
I was really sick my entire first trimester. Nausea and throwing up were pretty much an all-day event. I actually found out I was pregnant the same week I became a member of the creative team at TNA Wrestling. I made the decision to keep the news quiet for as long as I could. I wanted to prove I was dedicated and I was not willing to just sit back, kick my feet up and be defined as only a pregnant lady.
When I was at work I was “on,” and I didn't let it affect my mood or work. If I needed to throw up, I would quietly excuse myself, take care of business and come right back. The minute I got home I would lie down, and my loving hubby would take care of me while I recharged for the next day. Working definitely helped put the sickness in the back of my mind, and it also reminded me every day that our little one was safe and sound. Having a baby on the way makes me even more ambitious for my dreams.
Tell us about your husband. How do you think you'll complement each other as parents?
My hubby is absolutely the most wonderful man on planet Earth! He and I met on a red eye flight on July 14th, 2008. We were both seated in coach when, right before the plane took off, the stewardess called “Charley Patterson and Christy Hemme” over the intercom, brought us up to the front and sat us next to each other in first class. It was the first time we had ever met, and we both instantly knew we were soulmates. It was the most magically divine moment of my life.
We have always known we wanted to have kids, but we also wanted to have at least five years for us to travel and enjoy each other. We have now been together for six years and really feel like we took the time to create a solid foundation for children; a foundation that will show them we are committed to one another and to them. We want to show them each day what true love looks like.
I had deep fears that I would be unable to have children, but God proved me wrong! I was expecting after only a month of removing my IUD. Our baby is due New Year’s Eve, the same due date my husband had!
Charley and I share the same energy for life, beliefs and vision for our future. We couldn't be more opposite in personality. Charley is a type A, strong leader and thinker, who is very structured and organized. I am a super creative, feeler, "fly by the seat of my pants," dreamer. While we are both very strong in keeping each other on our toes and challenging one another, it’s our communication and care for the relationship that allows us to continually evolve and grow. I believe this will be the perfect balance for our children!