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Hannah confirmed that she has "a little mini-me on the way" while speaking to The Daily Dish after moving in to her new home in Australia with her boyfriend of a little more than a year-and-a-half, Josh, on May 28. "I'm very excited," she gushed of her baby news.
The Below Deck Med chief stew, who is now nearly five months along in her pregnancy, recalled the moment she found out she was expecting as "a little surreal." "It was good though," she said. "I think I had far more fun telling my partner."
Josh, who is originally from Scotland and works in commercial real estate, is just as thrilled to become a father. "He's over the moon," Hannah said. "He's so excited."
Hannah, who is due in late October, knows the gender of the baby, although she's keeping that a secret for now. She's not planning on a gender reveal party, either, since she's "not a massive fan of those."
Though Hannah didn't reveal the name of her little one, she teased that she and her boyfriend have picked one out. "Yeah, that was one of the first things," she said. "I think we went back-and-forth a little bit, but I got my way in the end."
Hannah had an especially tough first trimester with "really awful morning sickness." "That was not a fun ride," she said. "I kind of understood all the [Below Deck Med] guests complaining about seasickness after that."
Going through this most challenging time of her pregnancy has already taught Hannah a valuable lesson about motherhood. "I kind of am one of those people that if I'm sick, I give it a day or two and then if it doesn't get better, then I just kind of ignore it and keep going, and with pregnancy, it's not just you, so you can't do that. You can't just say, 'Oh, I'm gonna ignore that I'm feeling like this,' because you're harming your child," she explained. "So I think that for me was incredibly frustrating, just having been so sick for maybe like two months. There were some times where it was like 10 to 12 days, just 24/7. I don't know why they call it morning sickness. It's very strange because it's not. It's all day. So not being able to control that and not being able to feel better, just my normal life was difficult."
Fortunately, Hannah is on the other side of this difficult part of her pregnancy. "I'm feeling so much better now. It's very tiring. You just get tired a lot easier," she noted. "But apart from that, I feel good."
The coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic has also brought its own added stressors during Hannah's pregnancy. "I'm feeling a lot better now. I think adjusting to your hormones and the world being in a pandemic at the same time is a little interesting," Hannah shared. "Things that normally I would have kind of taken in my stride were making me really sad and upsetting me. Even just being in the supermarket and being over people and not being able to buy toilet paper and stuff, I would start crying in the middle of the supermarket. So I think my boyfriend's seen me cry more in these two months than he has our entire relationship, that's for sure. But yeah, hormones and pandemic at the same time is not the best recipe."
Luckily, she has the support of loved ones like her mother, who owned a childcare facility when Hannah was younger, to help her get ready to bring home baby. "I changed many, many nappies. [My mom is] a Montessori early development childcare teacher, so I learned a lot from her," Hannah said. "They say it takes a village, and I've got my village ready."
Though of course Hannah knows her child will be "very, very loved," she said she is also prepared for the unpredictability that motherhood will inevitably bring. As far as parenting goes, Hannah said that she hopes to include her baby in her social life. "I lived in France for many, many years where they just incorporate their children into their social life, and I think it's good for kids to get used to being out at restaurants and a social life and all that sort of stuff," Hannah said. "We've got a big backyard now, so I'm sure we'll be doing lots of entertaining."
Some of that entertaining could kick off with a "chill" baby shower in the near future. "We're just gonna have like a massive barbecue," Hannah shared, adding that both her male and female friends will be invited. "I said to my girlfriend the other day, I'm like, 'As long as there's none of those games where you have to pin the penis on the donkey.' She's like, 'Hannah, that's a bachelorette party.' Definitely don't let me plan your baby shower, basically! No games, none of that sort of stuff. It'll just be nice to get together."
Hannah said she has already shared her happy news with a couple of members of the Below Deck family: her Season 4 stews Anastasia Surmava and Aesha Scott, with whom she's "still very close." "They were both in tears. They know me very well, and they know me off the show and off boats," Hannah said. "They both know that it is something that I wanted. So it was very exciting, and they're both happy for me. They'll both make amazing adoptive aunties."
Although Hannah joked of Aesha, "She's just got to watch her potty mouth around my child, that's all."
Hannah said that everything she's had to face in her career in yachting and on Below Deck Med have "100 percent" prepared her for motherhood. "People are like, 'Oh, it's the hardest thing, and you'll be so sleep deprived.' I'm like, I just cannot see it being any harder or any more sleep deprived than a season of Below Deck Med, that's for sure," Hannah said. "If you ever want training to be a mother, then you should probably go and work on a superyacht for a few years, because I think it'll be a walk in the park compared to that."
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