Countdown’s Rachel Riley gives birth to second child with Strictly’s Pasha

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Countdown’s Rachel Riley has given birth to her second child.

Rachel announced the news via Instagram, posting an adorable snap with her husband holding the adorable tot aloft wearing a sweet rainbow romper, with the caption: "We have some news…!

"Introducing Pasha’s newest dance partner – baby Noa was finally born, 15 days after her due date, late on Friday night to the sound of fireworks!

"She’s totally adorable and her big sister Maven has already tried welcoming her to the world by offering Oatly and pickles, we think that’s a good sign.

"Massive thanks to the wonderful home birth midwives team and my doula who looked after us all so well.

"PS thanks too to my namesake @rachelrileyuk for the lovely rainbow baby clothes for our gorgeous rainbow baby. Our family feels complete now she’s here."

The 35-year-old already has an eighteen-month-old daughter called Maven Aria, with her husband Pasha Kovalev.

Rachel's followers and fellow celebs immediately hopped into the comments section to congratulate the Countdown star, with Good Morning Britain weather presenter Charlotte Hawkins posting: "Ah, wonderful news – big congratulations!!"

"Congratulations to you and your family!" another fan posted, while someone else echoed: "Congratulations Rachel, Pasha and Maven!!"

The maths whizz initially announced her pregnancy by spelling out FITT RILEY – an anagram of "fertility".

She posed beside the Countdown board in a floral dress while cradling her bump.

Captioning the sweet photo, she wrote: "A special teatime teaser!

"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."

She had previously announced her first pregnancy in a similar way, by displaying the letters "R TINY MATE" — an anagram of "maternity".

Rachel told previously Mail Online: "My first pregnancy was really mild and this one, you barely even notice it. Obviously, I'm chasing after a toddler the whole time, so it's a different experience.

"The first time you focus on the pregnancy and looking at yourself but the second time you know there's a baby coming.

"You're thinking about what the future is going to look like with your family of four, rather than focusing on your stomach looking different. It's an incredible thing the human body and I was lucky my giving birth experience was good."

Rachel kept her Instagram followers updated on her second pregnancy throughout via social media, celebrating reaching 40 weeks with a sweet comparison post which showed her first bump at 40 weeks and her second at the same milestone.

She wrote two weeks ago ahead of the Manchester United vs. Liverpool match: "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 United know today please!"

Rachel’s first child Maven was born in 2019, the same year that her and Pasha tied the knot in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas.

The pair eloped after dating for five years, and kept it a secret from family and friends.

Pasha and Rachel met after they were partnered together on the 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, and were eliminated in week 5.

Weeks later, Rachel announced she was splitting from husband Jamie Gilbert after 16 months of marriage having fallen victim to the so-called Strictly curse.

But Oxford graduate Rachel has dismissed the curse and said the show is a "magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines".

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