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Gemma Atkinson wants boyfriend Gorka Marquez to propose following birth of their daughter

Gemma gave birth on July 4

New mum Gemma Atkinson has been dropping hints to boyfriend Gorka Marquez that she wants to get married.

The former Emmerdale star and the Strictly Come Dancing professional welcomed their first child, daughter Mia, into the world on July 4.

After they officially registered the birth, Gemma told her partner that they need to tie the knot so she has the same surname as their little family.

You do know now we need to get married otherwise I'm not part of the family.
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Speaking on Hits Radio Breakfast with Fleur East, Greg Burns and James Barr, Gemma said: "Yeah you get them registered.

"Yeah it was quite sad because until then apparently they officially take the mum's name but once registered she's an official Marquez. And I'm the only one now who's not a Marquez in the family."

Host Greg said: "Let me just pick up that hint!"

Gemma, 34, continued: "I said to him, 'You do know now we need to get married otherwise I'm not part of the family'. He's like, 'Yeah we have time, it's OK.'"

Gemma had a "traumatic" birth, but she reassured listeners that she and baby are now "fit and all healthy".

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She said: "Yes. We had a bit of a traumatic time in labour which is one of them things obviously you can't plan you can hope for the best but you can't plan anything. And she was just so little bless her so she couldn't get out. But we're all well, we're all fit, all healthy and Bolton Hospital were fantastic. So yeah I feel great."

Gemma admitted she has now found comfort in receiving messages from other women who have gone through a similar experience.

Gemma - who will take over as co-host of the Drivetime Show with Wes Butters in 2020 - recently revealed the ordeal she went through when she gave birth to her first child.

She shared a picture with Mia in the hospital and wrote on Instagram: "This picture was taken when Mia was 30hrs old. The weary smile on my face doesn't quite portray how happy I was inside as 30hrs earlier, things could have gone very differently.

"Mia was a tiny baby, 4lb 10(oz). With that in mind the midwife was concerned she wouldn't be strong enough to open my cervix."

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This picture was taken when Mia was 30hrs old. The weary smile on my face doesn’t quite portray how happy I was inside as 30hrs earlier, things could have gone very differently. Mia was a tiny baby, 4lb 10. With that in mind the midwife was concerned she wouldn’t be strong enough to open my cervix. My water broke on a tues & we gave her the benefit of the doubt but by the Wednesday evening despite her being in the perfect place & so low down, she still hadn’t managed it. The decision was made to induce me to help her along but she disliked that even more. With every contraction her heart rate dropped. On the 3rd one midwife Katie who was taking care of me at the time pressed the panic alarm & within 15 mins I was rushed out, prepped & delivered Mia via an emergency C section. It wasn’t what I’d planned but thanks to my hypnobirthing despite the madness & panic, I was able to calmly keep my breathing technique & accept whatever is best for Mia just do it! 2hrs later I was alone with Gorks & Mia blissfully happy in a ward when I suddenly felt extremely unwell. Gorka got a doctor and she took 1 look at me & again pressed the panic button. I was having a hemorrhage. A big one & I lost a lot of blood. I don’t remember much other than having around 9 doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me & one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner. I woke in another room with Gorks & my family there, Mia sleeping soundly & a lovely midwife named Di who was checking my notes. The trauma was over & thanks to our NHS & incredible hospital staff we were ok. I’m fully aware for some people it’s a different outcome & I feel incredibly lucky that me & Mia are healthy & healed. My mum moved in with me while Gorks was away & has been incredible! If I can be half the mum she is to me I’ll be happy! I’m going to remind Mia of this story any time she has doubts about what she can achieve in life. The odds were against her from the start, but she’s been a little fighter from day 1. Feeds perfectly & is gaining weight like I do on an all inclusive holiday! We’re SO proud of her, she’s our little soldier & I’m so Grateful ❤️

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Gemma went on to explain that she had to be induced and with every contraction Mia's "heart rate dropped".

On July 3, Gemma had to be given an "emergency C section."

The actress explained: "It wasn't what I'd planned but thanks to my hypnobirthing despite the madness and panic, I was able to calmly keep my breathing technique and accept whatever is best for Mia just do it!"

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