Rachel Riley has given birth to her first child with her Strictly boyfriend Pasha Kovalev.
The couple shared photos of them holding their newborn in front of the Christmas tree on 18 December. “Two weeks after we were expecting her, this little one finally made an appearance!” Riley wrote.
The Countdown presenter also revealed her daughter’s name: “Maven (one who understands) Aria (lioness) Riley,” adding that she was born on Sunday and weighed 7lbs 4 ounces.
Explaining what happened during the birth, Riley continued: “After keeping us waiting she came so fast we didn’t get to hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and wonderful St Mary’s midwives rushing over to be with us just in time!
“She’s absolutely perfect, and Pasha and I are in newborn bliss. Couldn’t be more in love.”
Riley revealed she and her partner were expecting their first child in May. She shared a photo of herself holding her bump on set, next to a set of letters that spelled out the word “maternity”.
“Pash and I have a conundrum for you... you have til December to work it out!” she wrote. “We’re over the moon excited.”
Congrats to the couple!