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Jillian Michaels trying to adopt baby in Congo

 / Updated  / Source: Us Weekly

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Even though she's not whipping contestants into shape on national television, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels is hard at work on a different kind of life-changing motive: having a child.

But don't start looking for a bump, because the 37-year-old "Biggest Loser" alum is trying to adopt from the Congo.

After announcing that she would be ending her contract with the NBC reality weight-loss series in December, Michaels explained her desire to start a family. "I'm going to adopt," she said in an interview last spring with Women's Health magazine. "I can't handle doing that to my body. Also, when you rescue something, it's like rescuing a part of yourself."

So how "far along" is the aspiring mom?

"My dossier, which is your paperwork portfolio, is in to the Democratic Republic of the Congo," Michaels told Us Weekly Monday in NYC at the National Magazine Awards. "So the paperwork is done, and now it’s just a waiting game. It could be six months, twelve months; it could be two years. Or, it could be tomorrow! They call you and they say, 'Oh, we have your referral,' which is essentially the child they match you up with, and you go overseas and you get him or her."

In the meantime, the tough-as-nails trainer will have plenty to keep her busy. She recently landed a multi-year deal to join the expert panel of TV's syndicated series "The Doctors," and "couldn't be more excited." She will appear alongside ER physician (and former contestant on "The Bachelor"!) Dr. Travis Stork; OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson; cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears.

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