Audrina Patridge has come a long way since she made her way into our homes (Team Audrina forever!) via MTV鈥檚 smash hit The Hills聽10 years ago, as Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag鈥檚 super cool new neighbor/gal pal. Giving the show a much needed edge (she was, after all, the only brunette in a sea of sun-kissed blondes), we watched as Audrina jaunted off to music events, rode around on motorcycles and was聽an all-around badass. These days, she鈥檚 switching up her M.O. jussssst a bit: For starters?聽Audrina Patridge is pregnant 鈥 and engaged! 鈥 to longtime sweetheart and BMX rider Corey Bonham (eat your heart out, Justin Bobby). She鈥檚 also busy growing her fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog The Inside Out 鈥 in between wedding planning on聽Pinterest.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Audrina Patridge attends the 'Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer' after-party with SVEDKA Vodka at Provocateur on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SVEDKA)

While the motorcycle riding and brunette days of yore (Audrina鈥檚 hair聽has gone through some changes too) were surely fun, it鈥檚 her newest and realest roles of mom-and-wife-to-be that she鈥檚 most excited for. And we got the scoop from Audrina herself on all things baby, from maternity fashion tips and pregnancy cravings to former castmate tips (yes, they still keep in touch!).

鈥淚 can鈥檛 wait to have a mini version of [me and Corey]!,鈥 she gushes. 鈥淲e鈥檙e so excited to watch our baby learn, grow, laugh and explore.鈥


Growing, it is: Audrina debuted her baby bump on Instagram just last week, giving us all a major case of hot mom envy. 鈥淚 am just starting to check out maternity wear,鈥 she shares. 鈥淚 have been wearing a lot of flowy dresses and boho tops. None of my pants fit me, so I鈥檓 wearing black leggings much of the time and accessorizing.鈥 As for keeping her bump itself beautiful, Audrina tells us she鈥檚 鈥渂een using Mama Mio on my tummy to prevent stretch marks, as well as lots of coconut oil.鈥

But it鈥檚 not all about the aesthetics, as Audrina points out. 鈥淚鈥檝e switched to more natural products, and am especially careful about any product I use on my skin because it now affects the baby too.鈥

That鈥檚 not to say she鈥檚 immune to pregnancy cravings. Her Achilles鈥 heel? Sweets. 鈥淚 crave sweets a lot, which is very unlike me,鈥 she says. 鈥淚鈥檝e been craving fruit, chocolate milk and of course Girl Scout cookies! I can鈥檛 stand ginger or pork.鈥

A newly discovered love of cookies aside (our money鈥檚 on the Thin Mints), Audrina is well-prepared for motherhood. Though the yet-to-be-determined boy or girl (Audrina says she and Corey have no ideas on baby names聽yet, but are open to suggestions), is the first child for the couple, she鈥檚 not exactly a baby rookie 鈥 sister Casey has two children, Sadie and Draven, that Audrina has always had a close bond with. 鈥淚鈥檝e always had a very strong maternal instinct,鈥 she tells us. 鈥淚 have been a very big part of my niece and nephew鈥檚 [lives from] the very beginning. [They] have amazed me in so many ways and I鈥檓 such a proud and blessed auntie.鈥

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Kristin Cavallari and Audrina Patridge attend the Kristin Cavallari By Chinese Laundry presentation at Row NYC on September 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)

She鈥檚 also got plenty of aid in the form of friends and family when it comes to the mommy game. 鈥淢y sister Casey is the best mom and has done a fantastic job raising two intelligent, beautiful humans. I know she鈥檒l be a great help for me,鈥 she says. Also offering helpful parenting tips? Former Hills castmate and mom Kristin Cavalleri, who now has three of her own (with NFL Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler) to speak of. 鈥淜ristin and I talk often, so I shared the exciting news with her right away,鈥 Audrina says. 鈥淸Kristin鈥檚] been great with mommy tips! We鈥檝e discussed the awkward belly stage and how fast babies grow and change in even just a few days. I鈥檒l definitely be asking her for advice as my belly keeps growing.鈥

But don鈥檛 expect to see a spin-off starring the old friends鈥 broods anytime soon. When asked if she鈥檇 allow her child to follow in her footsteps as a reality star in the future, Audrina shut the notion down with a simple 鈥渘o,鈥 though she did say she鈥檇 allow them to watch her former show 鈥 鈥渁t an appropriate age, if interested.鈥

After all, it鈥檚 Audrina鈥檚 future, not her past, that she鈥檚 interested in. 鈥淏abies and children truly amaze me,鈥 she imparts. 鈥淚 feel that you learn a lot from them as they grow up and experience life. Their innocence brings a whole new perspective to life and allow you to appreciate what [it鈥檚] all about.鈥

Are you a mom-to-be as well? Tell us about your experience at @britandco!聽

(Photos via聽Grant Lamos IV/Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images and @AudrinaPatridge)