'Soul Surfer' Bethany Hamilton is pregnant with her first child

'Soul Surfer' Bethany Hamilton is pregnant with her first child
Bethany and Adam announce: Baby on Board! (Nardine Saad)

Soul baby! "Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton is pregnant with her first child.

The professional wave rider, who lost her left arm in a shark attack at age 13 and whose autobiography inspired the 2011 film "Soul Surfer," is expecting a baby boy with her husband, Adam Dirks.


The Hawaii-based couple, who competed and placed third on the latest season of "The Amazing Race," announced the news in a sweet YouTube video Q&A posted on Sunday.

"Baby on board!" shared Dirks, a Christian youth minister and fellow surfer, whom Hamilton wed in August 2013.

The 25-year-old said she's about 22 weeks along, with the baby due in early June.

"It's been a pretty crazy past four months finding out that we're going to be parents and life's kind of going to be changing, [we're] starting to prep for bringing a new little being into the world and it's all really exciting though," she said.

The inspiring duo is currently "prowling" for boy names, but won't share their choice until they have the baby.

Meanwhile, the "Dolphin Tale 2" actress revealed that she's been hitting the waves throughout her pregnancy.

"I plan to surf as long as I can. Once the belly's pretty big, maybe just like mellow it out and spend more time swimming and just enjoying the ocean and doing other activities," the surfer said in the video.

And that won't stop when the baby arrives either, they said, as they have plans to take their child surfing with them as they travel around the world.

As for how she thinks having one arm will affect her as a mom, Hamilton doesn't seem too worried.

"I've been kind of thinking about it but I often forget that I have one arm. But when I think about it -- like a squirming baby and changing the diaper -- and just me and this squirming baby could be really challenging," she said. "But I think how I live life now. I just adjust and adapt to different things, especially things that are a lot easier with two arms, and I think there's going to be things that are going to be very challenging with one arm but I'll just have to find my own way to take care of the baby."

The surfer's Kickstarter project "Surfs Like a Girl," another film about the pro, has been put on hold while she figures out "how to be a mom." She said she's "excited to be a mom and take on this adventure first."

"[The] cool thing is it's going to be [an] adventure for us and you guys will get a piece of it too during the film and you'll be able to get a good lens into our lives with the baby," Dirks said.

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