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Monday 14th October 2019

Pregnant Gemma Atkinson beams as she finishes for maternity leave

She's back in the new year

Pregnant Gemma Atkinson looked radiant as she left work for maternity leave this week.

The former soap actress, 34, was spotted emerging from the Hits Radio studio in Manchester with a gift basket under her arm and a big smile on her face.

Gemma's expecting her first child with Strictly's Gorka Marquez (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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She wore dark sunnies and a denim jacket over a black top and leggings as she left the building on Friday (June 7) to prepare for her imminent arrival.

She's back on Hits Radio in the new year (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Gemma, who currently co-presents the station's breakfast show on weekdays from 6am to 10am, is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing pro Gorka Marquez.

She took to Instagram to thank her colleagues at Hits Radio and let fans know she's set to start a new job when she returns to the station in 2020.

Posting a snap of herself lounging in a pool, she wrote in the caption: "Officially on maternity leave! Love to say I'll be doing the above but the reality is very different.

"Thank you for all the lovely messages regarding @hitsradiouk, I'll be back in the new year with a new show getting you home from work on drive time 4pm until 7pm, and it's lovely to know you'll all still be tuning in.

"Until then, I'm casually waiting for Baby Marquez to arrive and for the new chapter for me and Gorks to begin."

Her fans rushed to the comments to wish her luck and tell her to enjoy her time off.

One said: "Good luck, being a mum is the best feeling in world."

I'm casually waiting for Baby Marquez to arrive and for the new chapter for me and Gorks to begin.

Another wrote: "You have made morning shifts sooooo much better with your fantastic banter - now time for rest until your beautiful new addition arrives."

Someone else commented: "Awwwww put your feet up love... mummyhood is a gorgeous thing which you'll love."

A fourth wrote: "Enjoy every minute, beautiful girl. Love seeing you and Gorks so happy."

"Enjoy this bit," wrote another, adding alongside a laughing emoji: "If only we could bank sleep like breast milk."

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Earlier this week, Gemma revealed her frustration over people asking her when she's planning on losing her baby weight - despite the fact she hasn't even given birth yet.

In a rant on her Instagram Stories, the star said losing weight is the last thing on her mind as she prepares to be a mum for the first time.

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