“Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer Daniella Karagach debuted her baby bump in a post celebrating Thanksgiving.
The professional dancer and her husband, Pasha Pashkov, announced on November 23, 2022 that they are expecting their first baby together.
“Baby Pashkov is coming May 23,” they wrote. “We love you more than words can ever express.”
Karagach, 30, and Pashkov, 36, have been together for more than a decade. They first met in 2009 as dance partners. They got married in July 2014.
The parents-to-be spent Thanksgiving with the “Dancing With the Stars” family at co-host Alfonso Ribeiro’s house.
The meeting brought together Ribeiro, his wife Angela Ribeiro, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, Brian Austin Green, Mark Ballas, BC Jean, Pasha Pashkov, Daniella Karagach, Gleb Savchenko, Britt Stewart, Hayley Erbert, Derek Hough and Sasha Farber.
Karagach also shared that her family came to visit for Thanksgiving, including her grandmother. She shared a photo of the older woman placing her hand on her stomach.
Karagach also took the time to thank everyone for sending love to her and her husband after they announced the pregnancy.
“I feel extra grateful today,” she wrote in an Instagram story.
In another, she wrote, “So grateful for all your love and kindness. We are over the moon and enjoying every second. Thank you very much for your nice messages.”
After announcing that they were expecting a child, Karagach and Pashkov shared that they had wanted a child for years.
“We’ve wanted a family since we got married and we’ve been married for eight and a half years, so we’re more than ready to have a baby,” Karagach told People. “We wanted to start planning this year and coincidentally the timing was absolutely perfect. I actually found out I was pregnant on premiere day.
She also shared why she made the decision to keep dancing so hard on Season 31 of “Dancing With the Stars,” even though she found out on premiere day that she and her husband were expecting.
In a fun twist, Witney Carson found out on the same day that she is expecting her second child.
“My body is just so used to dancing and being active that if I go the other way, it’s too extreme for my body. My doctor was like, “The fact that you keep dancing is actually healthy for the baby.” That was refreshing to hear.”
Karagach told People that she and Pashkov told their “Dancing With the Stars” family about the pregnancy on the night of the season finale, including her former partner Iman Shumpert.
“I’m definitely going to be reaching out to a lot of my friends on the show,” Karagach shared. “We need all the help we can get.”
She will have many friends to turn to to share pregnancy stories. “Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer Jenna Johnson is expecting her first child with husband, Val Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson is expecting her second with husband, Carson McAllister, and Lindsay Arnold is expecting her second with husband, Sam Cusick.
Arnold, Carson and Karagach all have due dates in May 2023.