It's a girl! Hayden Panettiere welcomes baby with Wladimir Klitschko

Actress Hayden Panettiere from the ABC drama series "Nashville" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014. ...
Actress Hayden Panettiere from the ABC drama series "Nashville" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES -Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(EMMYS-ARRIVALS)Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

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By Elizabeth Murray

Hayden Panettiere is a mom! 

The "Nashville" star, 26, gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Kaya, with her fiancé, professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, People Magazine reports.

Hayden Panettiere shows off her baby bump at the the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.Richard Shotwell / Today

"We are over the moon and madly in love!” the actress and boxer told People in a joint statement. 

Panettiere opened up about her pregnancy earlier this year in Hello magazine, talking about her changing body and how excited she was for a little girl.

“I’m thrilled that I am having a girl first because I feel like I know a lot about raising a strong woman,” she told Hello magazine. “I feel very empowered myself and I think my daughter will, too.”

Hayden Panettiere and her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko welcomed a baby girl named Kaya on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Jens Kalaene / Today

The actress also talked about how she was planning to shed her baby weight in time for her wedding to Klitschko.

"I'll tell you one thing for sure: I am not walking down the aisle 40 pounds heavier than usual in a wedding dress with a huge pregnancy belly stitched in," she said. "Not happening."

Panettiere announced her engagement in October last year on "Kelly and Michael," saying at the time that the two hadn't set a date for the wedding because of her busy acting schedule.