Halle Berry Breaks Silence About Second Pregnancy: "This Has Been the Biggest Surprise of My Life"

Actress speaks out for the first time since news broke that she and fiance Olivier Martinez are expecting their first child together

By Alexis L. Loinaz
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 11:36 AM EDT
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When it comes to Halle Berry, mom's the word.

The Oscar-winner and her fiance, actor Olivier Martinez, are expecting their first child together, and--as E! News revealed last week--the actress is pregnant with a boy and is reportedly about 12 weeks along.

Just days after word spread that Berry will be giving her 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, a little sibling, the star is speaking out for the first time about being on the baby way once again--an experience, she says, that's been both immensely joyous and tremendously shocking.

PHOTO: Halle Berry debuts baby bump

"I feel fantastic," the 46-year-old tells CNN.

"This has been the biggest surprise of my life to tell you the truth," she adds. "I thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it's been a big surprise and the most wonderful."

Berry, however, played it coy when it came to talking about the baby's gender.

"I don't know, I don't know," she said when asked whether she was having a son, stressing that all she wanted was for the baby to be "healthy."

PHOTO: See pregnant Halle as she shops in New York City

Berry sat alongside "Project Runway" czar Michael Kors as the two spoke on behalf of the U.N. World Food Programme--an initiative that bears even deeper even resonance with Berry now that she's expecting another child.

"Especially now, being a pregnant woman and already having a child, that it's so important: what happens to the baby while they're in utero," she explains.

"And the first 1,000 days is fundamental. Good nutrition during that time period is fundamental for your baby to develop properly and normally and to live a normal life."

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