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Trista Sutter: Bachelorette & Baby

Reality TV stars come and go, and few linger in your memory longer than the next season of Survivor or The Apprentice. Trista Sutter is one of the most memorable. Perhaps it’s because she was the first Bachelorette or because she’s likely the only reality dating show star who is actually still
with the one she chose on the show – or maybe it’s because she and her husband, Ryan, got married on national television. Whatever the case, Trista has more staying power than most.

And now, another first for reality TV dating stars everywhere: Trista, 34, is pregnant with her first child. We talked to Trista about the challenge of trying to conceive, her pregnancy and married life with her fireman hubby.

Trista Sutter-The Bachelorette Has a Baby

iP: Congratulations on your pregnancy! It took you about two years to conceive
your child. When did you start thinking it might be an issue?

TS: It did take us quite awhile to become pregnant, but we were able to conceive naturally and hope to do so again. I have never bought into the idea that if you don’t get pregnant after the magic number of one year, that there is something wrong with you.

Unfortunately, though, many women are unable to become pregnant within a year these days, whether related to our rushed way of life, years of birth control or a delay in starting a family until our 30s. When that happens, you are labeled with a diagnosis of infertility and can feel “abnormal.” Thankfully, I always believed that it would happen when it was supposed to, and it did.

iP: How do you feel having a baby will affect your relationship with Ryan?

TS: I think having a baby will only make the relationship I have with my husband stronger. I cannot wait to share this experience with him! Married life is wonderful – everything I dreamed of and more.

Trista’s top 3 tips for getting pregnant!
1. Keep a positive attitude and know that it will happen when it is supposed to.

2. Utilize the amazing technology we have at our disposal these days.

3. Remember that there are an endless number of things that need to happen in order for the magic to take place. If it takes longer than you had envisioned, educate yourself by talking to professionals, read any and all recommended books and try to keep your stress levels as low as possible.

iP: How is your pregnancy going?

TS: The pregnancy has been pretty difficult until last week. I’m now starting to have lots more energy and an actual appetite. For two to three months, I was incredibly nauseous, making it a chore to even get out of my pajamas every day. Not fun, but completely worth it.

Learn about Trista’s recommended products for conception and pregnancy!
Trista Sutter recommends the following products for preconception and pregnancy:

Preggie Pops and the OV Watch-Trista’s Top 3 Product Picks”I recommend Preggie Pops for nausea,” she says. “I just found them and wish I would’ve sooner!

“[I also recommend] PSI Bands for morning sickness, the OV Watch for help in conceiving and ear plugs at night – anything to give me a better night’s sleep!”Preggie Pops and the OV Watch-Trista’s Top 3 Product Picks

Trista and Ryan Sutter used OV Watch to help them conceive.

“OV Watch is a valuable tool that couples can use to accurately predict the entire fertility window,” Trista says. “It is a comfortable elastic-banded watch that you wear at night. Through its sensors, it gathers information on the fluctuations of chloride ions in your perspiration and tells you the actual day of ovulation as well as the crucial four days prior. Therefore, it gives you knowledge of a greater time frame than any other technology out there, which helps couples plan efficiently.

Preggie Pops and the OV Watch-Trista’s Top 3 Product Picks “It helped Ryan and [me] in so many ways. It was comfortable and didn’t affect my sleep cycle. It told me so much about my body that I didn’t know before, and the best part was that it gave us the days that had the highest likelihood of conceiving.”

iP: How are you staying fit and healthy? What are you eating?

TS: I am hoping to start Pilates this week and will be taking many more walks, especially when the weather becomes nicer up here in the mountains. I’m trying to be more conscious about drinking enough water and getting as many fruits and veggies in my diet as possible. I’ve also been diligent in taking prenatal vitamins, as well as Expecta Lipil every night.

Try Trista’s fantastic Strawberry Cheese Pie recipe!

While Trista Sutter says she is not much of a cook, she is looking for baby food recipes so she can prepare homemade food for her baby. Below, she shares a favorite strawberry cheese pie recipe. “It’s fantastic!” Trista says.

Filling Ingredients:
4 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 graham cracker pie crust

Topping Ingredients:
1 package frozen strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

For filling, beat slowly, then pour into prepared graham cracker pie crust. Bake for 25 minutes at 325 degrees F or until firm. Let cool.

For topping, mix ingredients and heat in a saucepan over medium temperature until mixture boils and gets slightly thickened. Cool in fridge and then pour onto cooled pie. Refrigerate until firm.

iP: Any cravings?

TS: Definitely. I crave salads, potatoes and fruit. Since I was nauseous for so long, I will eat whatever I can these days.

iP: Will you find out the baby’s sex?

TS: We won’t be finding out the baby’s sex. We want to go the old-school route and be surprised.

Trista’s Recommended Reading

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Workman Pub., 2002) by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway
  • The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy (Pocket, 2007) by Vicki Iovine
  • Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth (Perseus, 2006) by Jenny McCarthy

Trista Sutter-The Bachelorette Has a Baby iP: Any name ideas? Will it be a family name?

TS: We do, but we will be keeping those secret until the big day.

iP: What are you looking forward to in becoming a mother?

TS: Everything. It has been my only true dream in life, other than finding Ryan, and I just can’t wait for every little part – even the late nights and dirty diapers!