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Monday 16th December 2019

Strictly Come Dancing: Pro dancer Natalie Lowe expecting first child

Much longed-for news

The headlines are being hogged this week by Strictly Come Dancing as this year’s celebrity contestants are announced.

But there’s even more exciting news just been announced: pro dancer Natalie Lowe has revealed she is expecting her first child with husband James Knibbs.

The former Strictly fave, who competed in seven series, has opened up about the joyful pregnancy coming after a "long and difficult journey".

She shared the development on her Instagram page on Wednesday, posting the news alongside a picture from her wedding day.

We are over the moon excited and can’t wait to bring a little one of our own into this AMAZING world.
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So happy to be able to tell the world our AMAZING NEWS! My husband James and I are expecting! It’s has been a rather long and difficult journey, as it is sadly for many but we are almost there and it's now really happening. I am 21 weeks pregnant 🎉 our precious baby ...? is due (would you believe it) the weekend of the #strictly final. We are over the moon excited and can’t wait to bring a little one of our own into this AMAZING world. I now only have 1 season of #SCD to prepare for bubba’s arrival... yikes 😳🎉 warmest wishes, Love Nat, James, Cooper🐶 & bump. #pregnant #overjoyed with #excitement #decemberbaby2019 🤰🥳

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The 38-year-old wrote: "So happy to be able to tell the world our AMAZING NEWS! My husband James and I are expecting!"

"It's has been a rather long and difficult journey, as it is sadly for many but we are almost there and it's now really happening.

"I am 21 weeks pregnant our precious baby is due (would you believe it) the weekend of the Strictly final.

"We are over the moon excited and can’t wait to bring a little one of our own into this AMAZING world.

"I now only have one season of #SCD to prepare for bubba’s arrival... yikes."

The baby will join another recent cute addition to the family.

In June, they welcomed cockapoo Cooper. Awwww.

Natalie in her Strictly days (Credit: BBC)

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Natalie left Strictly in 2017, having partnered Olympian Greg Rutherford, EastEnders actor Scott Maslen and Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle, to name a few.

She joined the show in 2009, having won Australia's Dancing With the Stars in 2006.

In a statement at the time, she said: "I'll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me.

"From the friendships I developed, the amazing dances I was able to perform in and the experiences that Strictly provided, it has been an incredible and extraordinary adventure."

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