Ding Ding! Laila Ali Round 2

Laila Ali the former boxer/actress, daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali, is expecting a second child with husband Curtis Conway. The little one is due in early April 2011. Their son Curtis Jr. (C.J.) is 2.

The former Dancing With the Stars contestant and American Gladiator host exclusively shares the news with PEOPLE in a video message.

“I am pregnant again! I’m three months, and I’m so excited, my family is excited,” says a beaming Ali. “I’m hoping it’s a girl this time!”

Ali goes on the talk about how it can be difficult to keep in tip-top boxing shape while pregnant.

“I’ve noticed I’m putting on weight faster this time, I started showing sooner,” she says. “Staying fit is a challenge, even if you are a former athlete such as myself, because you just don’t have the energy that you used to have. Also, I have to hold myself back because I want to work harder than I’m able to. I have cravings all the time, even when I’m not pregnant,” Ali says. “I made a strawberry shortcake last night.” And? “It was great.”

Mmmm.  Love strawberry shortcake. Recently went to a summer strawberry festival on the North Fork of Long Island…amazing.  It was huge slabs of fried, fresh from the oven pound-cake, fresh picked berries (macerated a bit), and gobs of real, ultra thick whip cream. Man, it was awesome.

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