Giada De Laurentiis Expecting Her First Child

11/05/2007 at 10:00 AM EST

Giada De Laurentiis Expecting Her First Child
Giada De Laurentiis
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Giada De Laurentiis is cooking up something special – a baby girl!

The Food Network star turned Today show contributor announced on Monday's show that she is due in early April.

"When I found out I was pregnant I was in complete shock," De Laurentiis, 37, admitted. "I truly didn't believe it. I honestly thought, 'there has got to be a mistake.' "

But as she watched the sonograms – first a "lima bean" then a "lemon" – the Everyday Italian chef said that when she could make out fingers and toes, it "brought tears to my eyes."

The baby is the first for her and husband of four years, Todd Thompson.

"I just hope that I can be a good mom," she said, adding that, so far, she is craving "lots of starches."

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