Melissa Rycroft Strickland is pregnant
July 28th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

Melissa Rycroft Strickland is pregnant

Getting publicly dumped by Jason Mesnick on “The Bachelor” last year just might have been the best thing to happen to Melissa Rycroft Strickland.

Not only did she go on to marry her true love after Mesnick took back his marriage proposal, but now she’s also expecting a baby.

“It was a shock. We weren’t even trying,” the 27-year-old, who wed insurance agent Tye Strickland in December, told Us Weekly of her pregnancy. "He wanted the kids right away, and I was laughing at him going, 'No, not ready!'"

Now that the couple is expecting a bundle of joy in February, they couldn’t be more thrilled. "He's actually cried more than I have," Rycroft Strickland said of her 29-year-old husband. "Tye is caring, he's funny. He's going to be a great dad."

Rycroft Strickland has already started eating for two - craving everything from sushi to submarine sandwiches - but she isn’t worried about losing the fit figure she famously showed off while competing on “Dancing With the Stars” last year. "Knowing me, I'm going to swell and gain 90 pounds," she said. "But it's not about me anymore!"

Indeed, now it’s all about baby. "It's the most wonderful surprise in the world," Rycroft Strickland said, who will co-host ABC’s “Bachelor Pad” in August. "It's such a blessing."

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  1. Arglebargle

    O M G! How did that happen?
    Was it a Virgin Birth?
    And W T F is a Melissa Rycroft Strickland and why should we give a rat's patootie?

    August 12, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sensible Ray

    Congratulationans and may you go on to have a helathy and happy baby.
    Now comes my criticism :
    Why is that women think you need to eat for two? Its actually One portion for you and then an itty bitty portion for the itty bitty baby. You are not delivering an adult to eat two adult portions.
    Ladies, stop gorging yourselves during pregnancy. This is the worst genetic imprint you can give to your offsprints.
    Mothers on lean food, Low carbs , Balanced nutrition and plenty of exercise tend to deliver healthy babies via natural methods instead of induced c-section. These babies also grow on to also become healthy . Look at historical trends of moms by races who eat a certain food and how their children grow up.
    Many latin / black moms / or southern white /black women eating a high card food of potatoes , meat , gravy, corn etc are popping out more chubby babbies and these babbies grow to be chubby and the cycle repeats again and again.

    So Mrs Melissa Rycroft Strickland, Stop saying stupid stuff that iit is not about you. Yes it is about you since you cant control your gluttony. Also your gluttonious consumption can imprint on the child and end up into childhood obesity et.all...

    August 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. reality check

    90 lbs?! Gestational diabetes, hypertension, massive increase in risk of stroke during labor, and preeclampsia, anyone?

    August 4, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. David

    To the point being made about letting her eat what she wants and gain all the weight she wants, current studies in the New England Journal of Medicine show that women who gain excess weight during pregnancy predispose their kids to obesity, diabetes, and put them at increased risk for earlier onset of heart disease via cholesterol and high blood pressure. In actuality, a pregnant woman's physiology changes such that they more efficiently use the food they eat. As a result, the recommended weight gain for women with a normal BMI prior to pregnancy is 25-30 lbs

    July 30, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sheikh

    For the best beauty care tools;go to

    July 30, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lisa From LA

    Yep @jkom – you are correct – sushi is the presentation with the rice (blended w vinegar and a bit of sugar and stirred up in a nifty wooden bowl.
    Re eating it: I had a birthing group that supplied me weekly insights into the pregnancy process and also an ob-gyn. The birthing group folks were ok on raw-fish sushi, the ob-gyn was not. Nobody said a word back then about lunch meats (which are generally just a little icky on a good day).
    Times change, new data comes up, fixed ideas get challenged (run and hide, new ideas are coming every day!). When my mom was pregnant you were not supposed to gain weight, later it became cool to bring on the pounds. I think now we're someplace in the middle. The important things for Melissa are to keep her health and well-being in the forefront, don't let the work commitments overwhelm her and, as for the food, a great perspective are the Vicki Iovine books "The Girlfriend's Guide To...." that cover pregnancy, babyhood, toddlerhood and....getting your groove back once you catch your breath. Awesome books. I wish her the best and admire her courage (for Dancing with the Stars) and gumption.

    July 30, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. jkom

    I love how we have all these rules about what women can and can't consume while pregnant or breast-feeding. However, once kids get a little older we give them the worst junk in the world on a daily basis like pop, overly-processed food and McDonald's. I doubt we have all these obese children because mothers have been eating sushi while pregnant. That said, if it's bad for the baby I would avoid it. By the way, sashimi is raw fish. Sushi is rolled-up veggies or fish with rice and seaweed around it.

    July 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. T-Town

    It is a good thing that I had my baby before all of the rules about food were in place! I ate it all, and STILL had a very healthy 9 1/2 pound baby girl. I hope the same for Melissa!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kate

    everyone who says "we weren't trying" without being asked, clearly was "trying" for awhile....

    July 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mrsmarvel

    No sushi during pregnancy, lady!

    July 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peggy

    I've never been drawn to this girl-she has buck teeth-how come no one sees that!

    July 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GA Girl

    Blah Blah Blah – let people decide for themselves...some of you are acting like she said she's drinking and smoking while pregnant...let it be...make decisions for yourself and not for others – we are in the US still right?? Just checking.

    July 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mrs. G

    "You can actually eat raw fish/ sushi if it hhas been previously frozen, which kills off the bacterias that are bad for a fetus. Look it up. And let her do what she wants."

    Freezing something will NOT kill bacteria. I worked in an infectious disease lab for three years and we would freeze bacterial samples to preserve them. Just want to make that clear so that no pregnant women eat things that they aren't supposed to.

    July 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Herndon

    Sushi is raw fish, you are not supposed to eat it when you are pregnant. Same goes for cold cuts and soft cheese bc of the bacteria that might have developed in them before consuming. There is no such a thing as veggie sushi, there's california rolls, etc.

    July 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Actually, Sushi is NOT raw fish, Sashimi IS raw fish. Sushi is simply a dish consisting of vinegared rice and other ingredients, sometimes fish, sometimes not. Whereas Sashimi is simply raw fish.

      July 30, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. jamesan

    PLEASE! if you could not eat raw fish or no lunchmeats, there would be no Asian or Itian babies!
    same goes for no acohol! no wine!! forget it! if that were true, there would be no French or Italians!
    Hmmm, come to think about it, how did the Italian race survive all these generations?! i know, they dont read this c*#p!

    July 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsmarvel

      Really? Asians only eat fish and Italians only eat lunchmeat? Wow.

      July 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jen

    You can actually eat raw fish/ sushi if it hhas been previously frozen, which kills off the bacterias that are bad for a fetus. Look it up. And let her do what she wants.

    July 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  17. GA Girl

    Serioiusly people??? Criticizing over whether or not she should eat sushi and sandwiches...ugh. Every doctor advises differently and people used to eat that stuff all the time and it was never a big deal...if YOU don't want to eat something when you're pregnant then don't, but don't try and dictate what others should do... And to the person that advises against gaining 90lbs for the "sake of her marriage" – really???? How distasteful and shallow can one be???

    July 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsmarvel

      Pretty much every American OB/Gyn is going to advise no sushi, no lunchmeat, no soft cheese, no hot dogs, no smoking, no drugs, and no alcohol (first 7 months). Even more than that, when these things are known to cause listeria, bacterial infections, birth defects and inhibit brain development, why in the world would a mother risk their unborn baby for some sushi nigiri???

      July 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Russ

    ever think for a second that The Bachelor show is fake?

    July 29, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Let's take it up another notch...

      ... ever think for a second that all reality TV is actually... not real?

      July 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Texas Mom

    Can't really call it a Bachelor baby cause the couple was not formed from a bachelor or bachelorette just a contestant who didn't cut it in the end. But I am really happy for her and her new husband on there baby to come.

    July 29, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  20. emn


    July 29, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  21. Staangette

    The name I believe you are thinking of is BROOKE BURKE not BURNS!!!! And......Ummmmmmmmmmm.....NO!!! Gotta love the 15 minute of fame stretchers! Now she got what....30 minutes!!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. bmsvds

    I would advise against "not worrying" about her figure and "gaining 90 pounds" for her marriage's sake.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  23. Susan

    I don't think you're suppose to eat raw fish when you're preggers.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      You can eat raw fish if it is from a reputable source.

      July 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Coral Hope

      Your not suppose to. Or lunch meat so she might want to not eat the sandwiches.

      July 29, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexandria

      Have you ever had sushi? Not all sushi is RAW FISH.
      There are vegetarian rolls, cooked seafood rolls and even chicken and beef.

      July 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      ah, yeah, sushi is a HUGE no no during pregnancy. every pregnancy book in the bookstore will tell you that. not only are you at risk from contaminants from uncooked meat, but sushi also has higher levels of mercury in it. why risk it?

      July 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. leo

    I like that she says "We were'nt even trying" any rate many best wishes – she is delightful & has class.

    July 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. clove

    its nice to hear a happy ending to that horriable show....what a waste of good tv time...

    July 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. N

    Brooke Burns, is that you?

    July 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • really

      She looks nothing like Brooke Burns.

      July 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • N

      Stand on your head and squint... Go ahead, I'll wait... OHMAHGAWD, IKNOWRIGHT? TWINSIES!

      July 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      who is Brooke Burns?? I know of Brooke Burke, but no Brooke Burns.

      July 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      Someone should tell her that is it HIGHLY reccommended to NOT eat Sushi and Sub sandwiches when pregnant........

      July 30, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |

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