Grey’s Anatomy star Kelly McCreary announces pregnancy with Pete Chatmon

The couple are welcoming their first child together

Actors Justin Chambers, Sarah Drew, Kelly McCreary, Caterina Scorsone and Camilla Luddington attend the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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Kelly McCreary is officially going to be a mom! The 39-year-old shared the exciting news on Monday through an Instagram post.

The actress, who plays Dr. Maggie Pierce on Grey’s Anatomy season 17, was all smiles as she held up a positive pregnancy test in the first photo. This will be her and her husband, Pete Chatmon’s first child together, and it seems the couple couldn’t be happier. The two even shared a sweet moment together in the second photo where they pointed to McCreary’s new “Hot Mama” necklace. 

“When being late comes right on time…Surprise! WE’RE HAVING A BABY! Pete and I are thrilled to be growing our family, and to share the news with all of you!” she wrote.

The actress and her director husband first met on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and later married in a sweet ceremony back in 2019. Now, two years later they’re preparing to become a family of three. 

Opening up to People, the soon-to-be-mom revealed her husband had wanted kids long before her. In fact, it took some “persuading” before she was ready to start a family as she had wanted to hit “career milestones” before becoming a mom.

“I'm very lucky to have a partner who is just rah, rah, eager for this child to come into our life and find out all of the ways that being parents will disrupt and challenge everything that we have planned," she told the magazine. "But because we are doing it together, we will be able to roll with it. And because this child is so desired and so loved, whatever happens, will be the right thing, and we'll make it work."

Pete Chatmon and Kelly McCreary attend the private reception celebrating the opening of "Kwame Brathwaite: Celebrity and The Everyday" at Philip Martin Gallery on November 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Even though the couple made the decision to start their family, McCreary shared that she was still surprised when she saw the positive pregnancy test.“

I actually screamed in shock when I saw ‘pregnant.’ I mean, I just wasn't expecting it," she said. "I had really been mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the possibility that it might take us some time to conceive. So, I was genuinely shocked." 

Since this is her first child, the actress has been relying on her co-stars to help her navigate pregnancy and parenthood. While they work on Grey’s Anatomy season 18, stars including Chandra Wilson, Caterina Scorsone, and Ellen Pompeo (whose Grey's Anatomy exit could be in sight) have been McCreary’s go-to resources.

"Something Against You" - The team of doctors work on a high stakes case of a long time patient, adding additional pressure to an already tense environment.

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“They're tremendously helpful, supportive resources," she said. "I really couldn't be in a better workplace environment to have this experience. It's such a parent-friendly and pregnant person-friendly environment."

The couple have their own hopes and goals for parenthood though, with the actress planning on channeling what she would have wanted her younger self to know growing up.

“My husband and I each made a shortlist of the top five things we would want to impart," she explained. "And, you know, I think on the top of that list is total self-love and self-acceptance. It's all the stuff I would tell my younger self."

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