Doherty planning for pregnancy

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star wed photographer Iswarienko in October (11) and their life as newlyweds has been documented for her reality show Shannen Says.

Earlier this month (Apr12), the 40 year old confessed she wasn’t ready to start a family yet, telling, “We both want children, but more importantly, we want each other and we want to be with each other. Whatever else happens is fate and a blessing, but right now I think we’re both so happy being married and together, and that’s our focus.”

But now it appears Doherty’s maternal clock has kicked into high gear – she’s now consciously putting on weight so she’s better fit to handle pregnancy.

She tells People magazine, “If I’m able to have a child because I’m a little fatter, then great! I feel a peace I’ve never felt before. Now I’m ready for the next chapter in my life.”

And the couple is already thinking ahead – Doherty admits they’re currently building a house with a nursery.