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Monday 27th January 2020

Pregnant Rachel Riley shows off blossoming bump in bikini photo

She's expecting her first child with husband Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley has said she's loving every minute of "pregnant married" life.

The Countdown star is expecting her first child with her husband, former Strictly Come Dancing pro Pasha Kovalev.

The couple are enjoying a holiday after tying the knot in Las Vegas at the end of last month and Rachel has thrilled fans with some photos from the trip.

Read more: Countdown star Rachel Riley and Strictly's Pasha Kovalev tease baby gender in pregnancy update

The first pic shows the pregnant star wearing a striped beach cover-up as she posed on a wall with the ocean behind her.

The second snap sees Rachel showing off her baby bump in a green bikini while the third showed the dent her bump left on a beach towel.

Rachel captioned the posts: "The new joys of pregnant married life - Pasha digging me a belly hole on the beach for my bump each day!

"Thanks for the @DockAndBay beach stuff. @DeborahMeaden, absolutely loving my poncho!"

The new joys of pregnant married life - Pasha digging me a belly hole on the beach for my bump each day!

Fans gushed over the stunning pictures, with one person commenting: "Looking very good Rachel, hope you're having a fabulous time."

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Pash and I have a conundrum for have till December to work it out! We’re over the moon excited 😍

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Another said: "Glowing so radiant pregnancy suits you," while a third wrote: "You have a radiant maternal glow! Congratulations."

Earlier this week, Rachel teased her baby's gender in a sweet photo with dancer Pasha.

The newlyweds posed outside Spain's Guggenheim art museum and Rachel told fans her bump was "brewing nicely".

She captioned the photo, which showed Pasha with his arm around Rachel as she stood with her hand on his chest: "Half-way bump and all brewing nicely! Mother's intuition says it's definitely a girl. Or a boy. Or a cockapoo..."

Earlier this month, Rachel announced she and Pasha had secretly married.

She took to Instagram to declare herself "Mrs Kovalev" as she and Pasha stood in front of a flower carousel and the blonde beauty held a bouquet of red and white roses.

She captioned the post: "Introducing the new Mr and Mrs Kovalev, We both said yes."

According to The Sun Online, the couple - who met on Strictly in 2013 - wanted to keep their nuptials low-key and reportedly kept the ceremony from most of their close friends and family.

A source told the publication: "They wanted to ensure it was just the two of them and everything was kept as quiet as possible.

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Introducing the new Mr and Mrs Kovalev 🥰 We both said yes! 👰🏼🤵🏻💍🥂💕🇺🇸🇬🇧

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Read more: Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev marry 'in secret Las Vegas ceremony'

"They did it in complete secrecy — even most of their friends and family had no idea they were going there to get married.

"By keeping everything a closely guarded secret, they pulled it off and surprised their loved ones. Naturally, everyone is delighted."

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