Deanna Pappas Stagliano instagrammed this photo of her baby bump Credit: Courtesy of Deanna Stagliano

A Bachelorette baby is on the way! DeAnna Pappas Stagliano is pregnant, the Bachelorette season 4 star tells Us Weekly. It's the first child for DeAnna, 31, and husband of nearly two years Stephen Stagliano. "Stephen and I are so thrilled to be welcoming our baby Stag. This has been the most exciting time of our lives," the mom-to-be tells Us. The little one is due in early February of next year.

"We cannot wait to make memories with this baby, love it unconditionally, and to teach him or her to play soccer! We have looked forward to this moment for a very long time and we are so happy to share this exciting news with everyone!!" The expectant reality star shared her first bump photo via Twitter. "We are so thrilled to finally have the news out! Baby on the way!!!!" she captioned a pic in which she cradles her belly.

First appearing as a finalist on the 2007 installment of The Bachelor, DeAnna was rejected by star Brad Womack (in his first of two stints on the show, Womack, 40, rejected both DeAnn and her fellow finalist Jenni Croft in the infamous finale); she went on to search for her own mate in the 2008 installment of The Bachelorette.

Although she chose Jesse Csincsak at the finale -- accepting his proposal -- the pair called it off a few months later. She met her future husband through yet another Bachelor connection: Stephen's twin brother Michael Stagliano appeared on season 5 of The Bachelorette with Jillian Harris. They wed in October 2011.