DeAnna Pappas is expecting her first child with husband Stephen Stagliano.

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"We are so very excited!" Pappas, the 31-year-old former fourth-season The Bachelorette star, told People. "We had been trying for almost a year; we wanted this so badly."

Pappas, who is currently 17 weeks along, said she is "feeling great" after experiencing morning sickness frequently in her first trimester.

Pappas admitted she and Stagliano disagreed over whether to find out the baby's gender before his or her arrival, but Stagliano apparently got his way.

"I kind of wanted it to be a surprise, but Stephen wants to be prepared," Pappas told the magazine. "The baby is due February 8 and Stephen's birthday is February 4. I told him all he's getting for his birthday this year is a baby!"

Stagliano is the twin brother of Michael Stagliano, who was one of the bachelors on Jillian Harris' fifth season of The Bachelorette in 2009 and won the second season of Bachelor Pad with former fiancee Holly Durst in Summer 2011. He returned to compete on Bachelor Pad's third edition the following year.

Michael introduced Pappas and Stephen, who got engaged in August 2010 and wed in October 2011 in a ceremony that took place in Palmetto, GA.

Pappas had previously been engaged to Jesse Csincsak, who popped the question at the conclusion of Pappas' The Bachelorette edition in 2008. They split, however, later that year.

Prior to her appearance on The Bachelorette, Pappas was rejected by The Bachelor's eleventh-season star Brad Womack in 2007.