In an Instagram post this morning (Sept. 25), Maria Kanellis announced that she’s 13 weeks pregnant with her and husband Mike’s first child:
The Power of Love is Strong.....And BABY makes 3. Mike and I are happy to announce I am 13 weeks pregnant!! Life is what happens when you are making other plans. This is the universe's plan for us. Last year Mike and I tried to expand our family when we had a lighter schedule and this year we thought we had put those plans on hold but apparently that is not what is meant to be and we are so happy for our new path. Mike has wanted children for a long time (he is gonna be a very good daddy) and my biological clock just recently started ticking!! Timing is everything and now is our perfect time for family. As far as the future... WWE is and has been my dream job and I plan on coming back with my doctor's approval after the baby is born and get's plenty of mommy time. But, until then, I will be posting my REAL updates on my social media accounts. There is so much pressure to have the perfect pregnancy, gain the right amount of weight, and be super stylish. But, let me just say I've gained 7 pounds, been nauseous everyday, and wore yoga pants every day since 6 weeks. I'm not perfect. Haha... life is messy. My husband is a recovering prescription drug addict, we are in the middle of buying a house, we are moving across county, and I'm pregnant!!! I figure I can either stress or feel blessed. I feel blessed. I choose happiness. WE choose happiness. Thank you to our families, friends, WWE, and the fans for all of the support! Let's continue building the #PowerofLove with my husband on Smackdown Live. Because the Power of Love is Real. I have the picture to prove it..... #MiraclesHappen #LifeHappens #thentherewerethree #alieninvasion @therealmichaelbennett @wwe Love, Maria and Mike and BABY + =
As she says, it’s interesting timing career-wise. The couple just recently debuted on SmackDown, but haven’t been featured much of late. Their gimmick was built on their status as a couple, and name recognition for Maria from her first WWE run last decade, so her being unavailable for some of the next seven months isn’t going to help.
But that’s probably the furthest thing from the Bennett-Kanellis’ minds right now, as they’re rightfully over the moon about growing their family. And who knows? Maybe this will be part of an angle that gets Mike a more prominent role on Tuesday nights?
Maria tells WWE.com she already has a plan lined up if the baby comes while her hubby is wrestling at WrestleMania 34:
"I'm sure it's going to happen right on WrestleMania. I've already talked to Mike and told him that if he has match, he has to go and be [there], but I'll definitely be Facetiming him with the baby afterward! There is definitely something to it being our first year in WWE and our first baby, so it's a very exciting time!”
So join us in channeling the Power of Love and sending our congrats to Mike and Maria!