Plus: she discusses whether she'd ever return to reality TV.

Jun 17 - The Dish

After two seasons on The Real Housewives of Orange County, Lydia McLaughlin decided to step away from the spotlight for Season 9.

So does she keep in touch with any of her former co-stars? In the latest issue of OK! magazine, she reveals that she has kept in contact with some of them.

"I still see Gretchen [Rossi] and Alexis [Bellino]," she says. "We've remained friends."

Lydia, who is pregnant with her third son, says she recently spent time with Alexis hitting the gym. "We were actually workout buddies before this pregnancy," she says. "And we've continued to go to classes together."

While Lydia is taking time to focus on her family, she is open to potentially returning to the Housewives and reality TV. "There are aspects of the show that I miss. Who knows what the future holds? That door definitely hasn't closed."

For now, she's content to spend time with her husband, two sons—and the third that's on the way. "I actually surprised myself," she told the magazine, "because even though I told friends I
wanted a daughter, as soon as you find out you're having a healthy baby,
the gender doesn’t matter and you just get excited. I
wouldn’t trade my boys for anything. We're going to raise three great
little gentleman, and the world needs more gentlemen."