Melissa Rycroft — the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who parlayed being royally dumped by Bachelor Jason Mesnick on national television into a lucrative career in broadcasting — is expecting her first child with hubby Tye Strickland.

Melissa — a GMA correspondent who competed on Dancing with the Stars – married insurance agent Strickland last December. Their tyke is due in February.

The newly-christened co-host of ABC’s Bachelor Pad (debuting Aug. 9), Rycroft, 27, spilled the beans on her baby news on Good Morning America (GMA) Wednesday.

“It was a shock. We weren’t even trying,” Rycroft told Us Weekly. “It’s the most wonderful surprise in the world. It’s such a blessing.”



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