Blankety Blank: Rachel Riley compares prizes to Countdown
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Rachel Riley, 35, has detailed her preparations ahead of welcoming her second child at home with husband Pasha Kovalev, after being warned against “even trying to make it to the hospital this time”. The Countdown host has already gone past her due date and has laid out plastic sheeting “everywhere”.
She said: ”Touch wood, as long as everything goes smoothly, I’ll be giving birth in our bathroom again.”
Rachel is already mum to 23-month-old daughter Maven with her professional dancer partner husband Pasha.
“I’ve got plastic sheeting down everywhere,” she revealed.
Rachel, who tweeted on Halloween saying she was “10 days overdue”, also had a home birth with Maven back in December 2019.
Speaking of the impromptu labour, she told OK!: “Our daughter arrived so quickly that the midwives said, ‘Don’t even try to make it to the hospital this time’.
“The midwives arrived with just 20 minutes to spare and I gave birth in our bathroom. I was pleading with Pasha to get the baby out – and that’s because I was almost there.
“But it was only when the doula arrived and said, ‘Put your hand down there’, that I realised Maven’s head was emerging.”
On her Instagram last week, the star shared a photo highlighting the difference between her first baby bump and her second.
She typed: “Bump no 1 vs bump no 2 just past 40 weeks!”
“My midwife has ordered me to watch only happy/relaxing things now, no adrenaline/drama/stress – can someone let [Manchester] United know today please.”
In response, her followers said she looked radiant ahead of welcoming her second child.
Marytlally commented: “Perfect bumps! Good luck Rachel.”
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Cliveready remarked: “Still stunning come on United.”
Robinsonjr88 said: “Awww, Baby No.2 wants to stay inside.”(sic)
While Swiftandy22 remarked: “Looking, beautiful darling.”
Pasha and Rachel have been married since 2019 when they wed during a Las Vegas ceremony in June, before welcoming their first child together in December that year.
The couple met back when she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing. The two were partnered together but only began dating after her first marriage ended.
The Cambridge graduate joined Countdown at the age of just 22 and has had an impressively busy career ever since.
It comes as little surprise that the presenter had enjoyed some time off last year during the lockdown.
She said of having the support of her husband at home: “I feel guilty all my friends, or most of them, had a period where they were left alone with the baby.”
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