It’s a surprise so good, the reality television gods only wish they could’ve seen it all unfold onscreen.
Bekah Martinez, a fan-favorite contestant who competed for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s heart on this past season of The Bachelor—and has since become one of his most outspoken and harshest critics—is pregnant with her first child. Martinez announced the news on her YouTube channel with a video, and confirmed the father of her child is her boyfriend, Grayston Leonard, who she’s been dating for about seven months. Martinez is 20 weeks along, and has a due date of January 2019.
“It’s the one thing that I’ve known with certainty for so long. I’ve gone back and forth on the idea of marriage and relationships, but I’ve always felt sure that I want to be a mom,” she told PureWow in an interview, noting how she wanted to keep the pregnancy removed from the public eye as long as possible. “I wanted time to process it between Gray and I and our family without all of the exterior noise chiming in.”
While Martinez notes that the pregnancy was indeed “unplanned” and occurred three months into their relationship, she hopes her openness on the subject will help destigmatize the negative connotations often associated with unexpected pregnancies. “I wanted to share this experience with other women who have been in a similar situation or might be in the future, so they know they’re not alone,” she explained. For instance, she and Leonard have zero plans to marry at the moment—it hasn’t even been discussed.
“I think pregnancy is better than Bachelor in Paradise. Although I’m probably equally as sweaty, exhausted, nauseous, stressed out, and emotional, at least I don’t have to worry about finding a man,” she joked. “I already have that one covered.”
Best wishes to Martinez for her pregnancy journey! We wonder if Luyendyk will send a baby gift.