Rachel Riley opens up on her secret miscarriage as she confirms her second baby is 10 days overdue

Rachel Riley
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Rachel Riley has opened up on suffering a miscarriage between her two pregnancies as she awaits the late arrival of her second child.

Countdown star Rachel Riley has opened up on the secret miscarriage she suffered between her two pregnancies.

The TV presenter, who is expecting her second child with her husband Pasha Kovalev, opened up on the miscarriage during an interview with OK! magazine.

Rachel said, "At 35 I'm considered old biologically. I had a miscarriage between the two pregnancies, so you can't count your chickens. Thankfully, I seem to get pregnant easily which I don't take for granted."

The television personality went to talk about how both pregnancies have been 'plain sailing', but is suffering from acid reflux during the final stages of her third trimester.

When is Rachel on Countdown baby due?

Rachel and Pasha previously revealed their baby was due sometime in October but as we enter November, Rachel revealed to fans that her baby still hadn't arrived.

Having hit the 40-week pregnancy mark over a week ago, she and Pasha, 41, are planning for another home birth.

She revealed her second baby is at least ten days overdue. Taking to Twitter to respond to her Countdown colleague Susie Dent's 'word of the day' tweet, the expectant star told her fans on Sunday that her unborn child was expected to arrive around 21st October.

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And when the baby still hadn't arrived at the end of the month, she tweeted a snap of a knitted pumpkin hat as she prepared to spend her first Halloween with her unborn baby and captioned it, 'So rude when people don’t tell you they can’t make your Halloween party… especially when you go to the effort of getting them their own hat.' 

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The former Strictly contestant's first child was two weeks late but arrived via a quick birth, "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.’

She joked that she has already put the plastic sheeting down in anticipation of their second child’s arrival.

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: Pasha Kovalev with TV personality Rachel Riley attends the 6th Annual Algemeiner J100 Gala at Gotham Hall on September 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Rachel announced last month that she was going on maternity leave. She tweeted a farewell snap and captioned the post, 'Well that's it from me, I've officially finished filming to pop a baby out!' 

But fans will still see Rachel on-screen until December as many shows have been pre-recorded.

She explained, 'You're stuck with me on screen till December when the totally amazing @notyouraverageami will be keeping the numbers in line till I'm back next year! 

'Hope you have loads of fun Anne-Marie, best of luck lovely!' 

How many children does Rachel Riley have?

Rachel Riley already has one child, daughter Maven Aria with her husband Pasha Kovalev. The pair met after competing on Strictly Come Dancing and their relationship was an example of the Strictly Curse, as Rachel split from her husband Jamie Gilbert in November 2019.

She announced she was pregnant with her first child back in May 2019 and in June that year Rachel and Pasha got married in Las Vegas.

Their first child was born later that year.

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And in April 2021, Riley announced that she was pregnant with the couple's second child.

Rachel previously revealed that the stress from online trolls caused her baby to stop moving in the womb.

Selina Maycock
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Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)