01/12/2014 05:02 GMT | Updated 01/12/2014 05:59 GMT

Rebecca Adlington Pregnant: Olympic Swimmer Expecting First Child With Husband, Harry Needs

Rebecca Adlington has announced that she and her husband, Harry Needs, are expecting their first child together.


The professional swimmer reveals her baby joy in a new interview with Hello! magazine, where she - rather unsurprisingly, what with all those Olympic gold medals she’s got kicking around the house - also discusses the possibility of a water birth, which she reckons is “top of her list”.

She says: “A few friends have recommended it. I would like the birth to be as natural as possible, but you can't really plan it, can you.”

Rebecca Adlington

The young couple tied the knot earlier this year and, somewhat graphically, have also discussed the fact that their baby was probably conceived on the first date of their honeymoon.

The former ‘I’m A Celebrity’ campmate says: “The due date is 4 June... so, yes, we must have conceived on the first day of our honeymoon in Venice.”

Harry, who is also a swimmer, goes on to joke: “But we're not the Beckhams - we won't be calling the baby Venice!”

Rebecca and Harry earlier this year

Rebecca has already had her first scan, which she admits was a daunting experience, but says she was over the moon to see her unborn child’s heartbeat for the first time.

She explains: “Thank goodness everything is okay. I think you feel such a responsibility as the woman because you are the one looking after the baby. So Harry was more excited but I was more nervous.”

Rebecca also thanked her fans and supporters for their kind messages of congratulations on Monday, tweeting that she “can’t wait to be a mum”.

She was previously forced to deny rumours she was pregnant last year, when an undisclosed medical condition prevented her from taking part in some of the Bushtucker Trials during her time in the ‘I’m A Celeb’ jungle.

Read her full interview in Hello! magazine, out now.

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