Shay Mitchell announced her pregnancy on Instagram.

Shay Mitchell, star of Pretty little Liars and YOU, has proclaimed some exciting news: she’s presently pregnant.

In an Instagram post on June 28, Shay shared a photograph of her partially nude, clearly pregnant body, together with the caption, “Does this mean I’m allowed to drive in the car pool lane at all times now?” The comments section is already filled with congratulations, as well as from her PLL costar and love interest, Sasha Pieterse, who responded with several smiling emojis. Other celebs like Lauren Jauregui, Josephine Skriver, and Sophia Bush additionally chimed in with happy tidings for her news.

Shay additionally linked to a YouTube Originals video that elaborates on her exciting news. “When you’re in the public eye there are some things you want to keep a secret till you feel ready,” she says in the video, which she recorded together with partner of several years, Matte Babel. “This for me has been the toughest. It’s gonna be very fun and awesome when I’m not trying to hide it any longer.”

She additionally talked concerning some of the more difficult elements of the pregnancy: “I assume pregnancy is awesome for the most part. However it’s additionally very f*cking lonely. It didn’t feel right to just put a up a photograph and be like ‘I’m pregnant” and have people think that everything is peaches and rainbows.”

The announcement comes just a few months after she opened up concerning how some of her “darkest days” were in 2018, when she experienced a miscarriage.

“We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life,” she wrote on Instagram in January. The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the kid of my hopes and dreams”. She ended with a message of hope, “For 2019, let’s all try to be a bit more compassionate, empathetic, patient and thoughtful with one another.”

Shay’s video announcement additionally functions as a trailer for her upcoming biweekly YouTube Original Series titled “Almost ready,” which will premiere every other Wednesday starting July 17, 2019.

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