Allison Holker, the first pregnant competitor on Dancing With the Stars, and her husband, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, who is the DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, prepare to show off their parenting moves to a newborn.
Allison Holker and Twitch: Behind the Scenes of Their Fit Pregnancy and Baby Cover Shoot
Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss have already created two hashtags, #babyboss and #babybossboy, on Twitter and Instagram for their son-to-be. "I can't wait!" exclaims Holker, 28, who's due this month and is also the proud mom of 7-year-old daughter Weslie. "We are all ready to meet our little boy, and I'm in full-on nesting mode."
And who can blame her? Holker was working 10 to 12 hours a day into her fifth month of pregnancy, so she's spending her third trimester settling the family into their new home in Los Angeles and decorating the nursery. Boss is also a performer, and in fact the couple first met in 2010 when they were both all-stars on So You Think You Can Dance. The duo arrived at our photoshoot early in the morning, before Boss's regular workday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Despite the 7 a.m. call time, they started twirling and jumping as soon as they were in front of the camera!
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Holker announced her pregnancy on Dancing With the Stars last October. At times she found the situation humorous. "There I was in these itty-bitty costumes, flaunting myself, at four-and-a-half-months pregnant," she says. When asked about the hardest part, she doesn't hesitate. It was by far trying to take bathroom breaks while wearing a latex unitard during TV tapings that typically lasted for two hours. "If you've ever been pregnant, you know that even in those first weeks, you have to make frequent trips to the restroom," Holker recalls. "Well, I had to go what felt like 20 times during a show, and I needed three people to help me peel the outfit on and off each time. I couldn't do it by myself! We joked that my costumes should have been made with strategically placed snaps."
Once her run on the show ended, Holker managed an epic gender reveal that involved a flash mob as a surprise for her husband. She had family and friends surround the couple as they were leaving a restaurant after breakfast. The crowd danced—of course!—and Weslie, Boss's mom, and Holker's mom stepped up to reveal T-shirts they were wearing that spelled out "It's" "A" "Boy!" while others released blue balloons into the sky. Though she organized the whole event, the baby's sex was a surprise for Holker up until that moment too!
"I wanted to make the day special," Holker said to DeGeneres on her show. "I had to go big or go home."
As a professional dancer, Holker has always prioritized staying fit. Now that she's no longer taping DWTS, she's lifting weights and taking lengthy walks with her dogs. Save the occasional pregnancy craving for a piece of chocolate or cake, she and Boss follow a mostly gluten-, dairy-, soy-, and oil-free diet. She credits her healthy lifestyle for the "easy birth" she had with Weslie and her "smooth pregnancy" this time around. "When I'm pregnant, I feel energized; I haven't experienced any sort of exhaustion," Holker says.
You would think Holker would have no worries about shedding pounds after her son is born, but you'd be wrong. "I absolutely feel pressure to lose the baby weight quickly, but I don't see that as a negative thing," she says. "It's great motivation so I can be physically fit, not just for myself but for my children as well."
The mom-to-be vows not to rush the process, though. "Nowadays, it always seems like a competition between women for who can lose the baby weight the fastest, but I am trying to stay chill and not compare myself to other people," Holker notes. She does hope to be back on TV for the September season of DWTS, but isn't holding herself to it.
Holker hasn't had to send Boss in search of any weird food she might be craving, but she says he is ready and willing to do anything she needs, which has been a wonderful comfort to her during these final months. "Just last night, at about 12:30 a.m. the baby was moving around so much it felt like he was wrestling a wild animal in my belly," says Holker. "He's a very active little boy!" But rather than turning over and blissfully sleeping through the night, Boss stayed up with her, put on some classical music, and rubbed her tummy to try and calm their baby.
"I'm very fortunate that I have someone who is aware of my feelings and wants to be there for me through the whole thing," says Holker, who says that a few weeks into their relationship she knew she was going to marry him. Three years later, their wedding reception included a first dance to Adele's "One and Only" and a Soul Train line.
When Holker's water broke the first time around, she calmly showered and made herself breakfast before heading to the hospital. She swears that three hours later she was holding newborn Weslie in her arms. So far she has no worries about this second birth, and credits her mother, a mom of five, for teaching her all she knows about motherhood.
Holker, who found early fame in High School Musical and its sequel, does have a plan that's perhaps unique to being a performer. She wants to enter the hospital in heels and makeup. "That's just who I am. Nobody but my husband and my daughter sees me without my eyebrows painted on," she adds. (As for the heels she donned for our photo shoot, her balancing skills explain why she's a dance pro.)
When asked about the vibe in the delivery room, Holker says she'll most likely want Boss to have an energizing hip-hop mix on hand, including songs by Jay Z and Drake. "I can't be sleeping when I go into labor," she says. "Who knows? It could turn into a dance party. There may be twerking!" Meanwhile, Stephen just hopes he doesn't pass out. "He's nervous about a lot of it, because it's all new to him, but I know he's going to be an amazing dad," says Holker. "Without a doubt, he and this baby will have a special connection—I know it."