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Rachel Riley Gives Birth To Baby Girl As She Shares Picture And Sweet Name

Rachel Riley Gives Birth To Baby Girl As She Shares Picture And Sweet Name

Countdown! star Rachel Riley has given birth to her first child with Strictly Come Dancing pro, Pasha Kovalev.

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The TV personality and maths whizz, 33, shared the happy news on her Instagram page on Wednesday morning and revealed they'd named their little girl Maven Aria Riley Kovaleva.

Sharing a sting of pictures of her and hubby Pasha, 39, cooing over the little one in front of the Christmas tree, Rachel wrote: "2 weeks after we were expecting her this little one finally made an appearance!

"Miss Maven (one who understands) Aria (lioness) Riley Kovaleva arrived on Sunday morning weighing in at 7lbs 4."

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovelev shared a picture of their newborn (Credit: Instagram)
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovelev shared a picture of their newborn (Credit: Instagram)

She added that the little one was born in their bathroom after they failed to get to hospital on time, thanking the "amazing doula and wonderful St Mary's midwives" for rushing over to help her out "just in the nick of time".

The Countdown favourite signed off: "She's absolutely perfect and Pasha and I are in newborn bliss. Couldn't be more in love".

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Awww. So sweet.

Rachel cuddled her baby for a picture (Credit: Instagram)
Rachel cuddled her baby for a picture (Credit: Instagram)

After sharing the news, the couple were absolutely flooded with congratulatory messages from their friends and fans.

"Wow she is gorgeous and love her name! You look amazing Rachel congratulations to you both and enjoy every second xxx," one person wrote.

While another added: "Awww congrats she is beautiful enjoy every minute".

And it wasn't long before she was back on the 'gram, treating followers to another close-up image of the little one cuddling up to her daddy.

Rachel then shared another picture of the baby cosied up to her dad (Credit: Instagram)
Rachel then shared another picture of the baby cosied up to her dad (Credit: Instagram)

"Mave," she captioned it, alongside three heart emojis.

Rachel and Pasha announced they were expecting back in May, sharing a countdown conundrum that revealed they had a little one on the way.

Alongside a string of muddled up letters that spelt 'R TINY MATE' when re-jiggled, Rachel wrote: "Pash and I have a conundrum for you...you have till December to work it out! We're over the moon excited".

Rachel and Pasha's exciting news comes after they secretly married in Las Vegas this summer.

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev married this summer (Credit: Instagram)
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev married this summer (Credit: Instagram)

The mathematician started dating ballroom dancer Pasha when the were partnered together on Strictly five years ago, and they went official in 2014.

Rachel had been married to University of Oxford classmate James Gilbert at the start of the series, but they split up three months in.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ Rachel Riley

Topics: Celebrity News

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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