Countdown's Rachel Riley expecting second child with Strictly's Pasha Kovalev

Catherine Earp
·2 min read
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

Rachel Riley has revealed that she's pregnant with her second child.

The TV star made the announcement with a very special Countdown conundrum.

Spelling out "FittRiley" Rachel wrote: "A special teatime teaser!

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

"And your clue is... Riley had this to thank for the reason her clothes no longer fit her...

"And it'll only get worse till Autumn!

"Happy, happy days for our little family @pashakovalev and future big sister Mave."

Fans were quick to point the conundrum spelt out 'fertility' before congratulating the couple.

Rachel and Pasha met in 2013 when they were paired together on Strictly Come Dancing.

They didn't start dating until the next year, and married in a small ceremony in 2019, welcoming daughter Maven the same year.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Rachel revealing the little one was actually born at home, writing on Instagram: "Miss Maven (one who understands) Aria (lioness) Riley Kovaleva arrived on Sunday morning weighing in at 7lbs 4.

"After keeping us waiting she came so quickly we didn’t have a chance to get to the hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and wonderful St Mary’s midwives rushing over to be with us in to be nick of time!"

She previously said the couple couple love to have a bigger family, explaining: "I'm one of two and so is Pasha.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"We were quite late to the party so a lot of my friends have more kids, but we've only got a 9-month-old at the moment so I think we need to get her a bit bigger first!"

Rachel also announced she was expecting Maven with a Countdown conundrum, writing on Instagram: "Pash and I have a conundrum for you...

"You have till December to work it out! We're over the moon excited," she captioned a picture of a jumbled-up word, rearranged to spell 'maternity'.

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