Audrina Patridge, former star of MTV’s The Hills, will soon give birth to her first baby, marry her boyfriend, and settle the family into a new home. It’s a lot to handle, but she’s got this!
Audrina Patridge Packs a Hospital Bag
When her hit TV show The Hills ended nearly six years ago, Audrina Patridge, an MTV reality darling, essentially ran for the hills. After starring in a short-lived spin-off, Audrina, and doing a quick turn on Dancing With the Stars, Patridge, 31, focused on what you might call actual reality, hosting NBC’s travel show 1st Look and dating professional BMX rider Corey Bohan. After eight years of on-again-off-again, they got engaged last year. About a month later she learned she was pregnant. “My entire life has changed in a year,” says Patridge. “Five years ago, I wouldn’t have been ready. I was filming constantly and living a very selfish lifestyle. But I got all that out of the way, and now I’m ready for the next step.” Her daughter is due at the end of June, and in between prepping the nursery and planning her November wedding, Patridge took time to share with us how she’s handling her sudden adulting.
FIT PREGNANCY AND BABY: Wedding planning is stressful. Doing it while pregnant must be even harder. How’s it going?
AUDRINA: It’s a little overwhelming. I haven’t found a dress yet, because I can’t try them on. I’ve gained weight mostly in my thighs and butt, and my boobs are suddenly giant. After I have the baby, I have no idea what size my breasts will be or if my hips will go down or get bigger. So for now dress shopping, at least, is on hold.
Will it be a big wedding?
We just finalized the guest list, and it’s about 130 people, mostly family. As far as friends go, we only invited the ones who’ve been there for us in the past year and who will continue to be there for us for the next 30. So, no one from The Hills made the cut. If we were doing a really big wedding, I’d invite them, but we’re keeping it intimate.
Why postpone the wedding until after the birth?
I didn’t want to rush getting married, because stress is bad for the baby. I was a little worried about people judging me for it, but Corey wasn’t. He said, “Stop caring what people think. Their opinions don’t matter.” Anyway, we’ve already been together for so long, it’s like we’re already married. It’s just a title at this point—and a ring.
Will the baby go on your honeymoon with you?
If we take a honeymoon, we’re definitely bringing her—and my little sister, so she can watch the baby while we go out to dinner or snorkel. I’m so lucky I’m so close to my family. If I had to hire a stranger to babysit, I’d probably freak out.
Any pregnancy symptoms?
At first, I’d anticipated the worst. I thought, I’m going to get morning sickness. My back will hurt. My rings won’t fit. I was ready for anything, but none of it happened. I’m glowing and happy. There were three or four days during my first trimester when I could not get out of bed and all I wanted to do was sleep. But overall, I’m feeling good! Watching my body transform has been amazing. I feel like a woman now.
Are you getting good sleep?
I had my first good night this week, after I got a Snoogle [pregnancy pillow]. I still wake up to pee 10 times a night and sometimes also to make a peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwich.
What’s been the best part of pregnancy so far?
Feeling her kick! She already has a personality. I can poke her, and she’ll kick back. Last night, Corey and I were watching my stomach move while I was lying down. It freaked him out. He was like, “Dude, maybe you should stand up!”
And the worst?
I cannot stand the smell of alcohol.
How did you find out you were pregnant?
I just felt tired and bloated and I started breaking out, which I never do. I told Corey, “Something is wrong with me,” and he’s like, “You’re just being dramatic.” So, I took a pregnancy test, and when I saw the result, I called him upstairs. I said, “Oh, my God, am I seeing things?” He just got this big smile.
Were you trying?
No, it just happened! But I truly believe it’s all about God’s timing.
Has it changed your relationship with Corey?
We’ve grown way closer, and he’s been so nurturing. He’s always offering me back rubs and saying, “Don’t lift anything! Just ask me for help.” That part’s been hard, because we just moved into a new house [in Orange County], and I’m surrounded by boxes. But one thing at a time!
When did you find out it’s a girl?
My doctor told me at my 20-week ultrasound. Until then, Corey and I both thought it was a boy. He even had a name picked out. Corey was in New Zealand for work, without any phone reception, so I ended up telling his mom before I told him.
Would you ever let your daughter star on a reality show?
Not until she’s 18. I’m already super-protective of her. Random people have been coming up to me and touching my belly. It’s so weird. This guy at the airport asked if he could take a picture with me and put his hand right on my stomach. I was like, “Please, don’t touch!”
Have you chosen a name yet?
No, it’s been so hard! I want it to be unique, but not so out-there that she gets made fun of.
Do you have a birth plan?
I’m definitely delivering in a hospital, but other than that, I’m not sure. I’ve had friends who’ve gone without drugs, and they’ve said it’s super painful but they’d never do it any other way. Meanwhile, my sister, Casey, who has two kids, had an epidural both times, and she made childbirth look easy. I’m not sure which route I want to take yet. Either way, I’m a little scared.
I’ve been having dreams about labor. I dreamed I was at a pool party and going into labor and I couldn’t find Corey and I was crying and no one would help me. All I know is, the moment I feel my first contraction, I’m going to the doctor. I want to be in the hospital bed, relaxing, with my lavender-oil diffuser set up.
Is the nursery ready?
We’re just getting into that! I want to do a mermaid theme, and I’ve been trying to search for vintage and hand-crafted pieces. You would not believe how hard it is to find a mermaid mobile.
How do you think you and Corey will be as parents?
I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and I’m so ready for it. And Corey is so good with kids too.
What do you want for your daughter?
I want her to help the world be a better place—and to not make some of the same mistakes I did.
Her Advice for the Best Babymoon Ever
Patridge, who became a pro traveler during the year she spent filming 1st Look, shares how to make the most of your last trip before parenthood. (She and fiancé Corey Bohan went to Hawaii!)
TIME IT RIGHT “Go during your second trimester, because the morning sickness should be gone, you’ll still be okay to fly, and you’ll have some energy left. You’ll also have the perfect belly size, so you can still be active. If you wait until the third trimester, you might start to get too big to do anything fun.”
GET RESTED “I’m all about relaxing, so I think there’s no better place to go for a babymoon than the beach. The only catch: You can’t lie flat on the sand, so bring a chair or use the sand to build a backrest you can lean against while you relax.”
LOTION UP “When you’re pregnant, your skin is so sensitive that you’ve really got to use sunscreen.”
TAKE EVEN JUST A FEW DAYS “A vacation doesn’t have to be for a week to make it count. Three or four days away is all it may take to rejuvenate.”