Rachel Riley gives birth to first child in bathroom with husband Pasha Kovalev
She was overdue by two weeks.
Rachel Riley has given birth to her first child with husband Pasha Kovalev.
The Countdown presenter and proud 'Warrior for Truth' recipient welcomed her daughter this week in her home bathroom.
She named the baby Maven (which means "one who understands") Aria (which means "lioness").
"Two weeks after we were expecting her this little one finally made an appearance!" Rachel said.
"After keeping us waiting she came so fast we didn’t get to hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and wonderful St Mary’s midwives rushing over to be with us just in time!
"She’s absolutely perfect and Pasha and I are in newborn bliss. Couldn’t be more in love."
Mave 💕💕💕 pic.twitter.com/Bzr2uD5fJK
— Rachel Riley 💙 (@RachelRileyRR) December 18, 2019
Rachel, who married Pasha in a secret Las Vegas ceremony earlier this year, was two weeks overdue when her daughter made an appearance.
The couple met during Rachel's stint on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. She was eliminated during the series' sixth week, but remained close with Pasha.
The pair began dating officially soon after the show ended in December of that year. They announced that they were expecting their first child together in May.
Earlier this month, Rachel shared a photo of her extremely pregnant stomach, writing that she was very grateful for the support she had received from fans during her pregnancy.
"Gratuitous belly shots with thank yous alert!" she said.
"December is our baby’s birthday month(!!!), whenever it decides to make an appearance, so taking this last opportunity to thank the generous companies who’ve gifted us such gorgeous bits and bobs for our little one!"
She later added that she and Pasha planned to give the gifts to charity.