Rachel Riley is pregnant! Countdown star expecting her first child with Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley has announced that she is pregnant and expecting her first child with partner Pasha Kovalev in December. 

The Countdown star, 33, who is roughly two to three months gone, took to Instagram to reveal the news as she used the Channel 4 setting as a fun backdrop. 

Posing in front of a board of letters, which spelt out ‘r tiny mate’, which is an anagram for ‘maternity’, she placed her hands on her blossoming baby bump. 

Mother-to-be: Rachel Riley has announced that she's pregnant and expecting her first child with partner Pasha Kovalev

Mother-to-be: Rachel Riley has announced that she's pregnant and expecting her first child with partner Pasha Kovalev

Mother-to-be: Rachel Riley has announced that she’s pregnant and expecting her first child with partner Pasha Kovalev

She captioned it with: ‘Pash and I have a conundrum for you…you have till December to work it out! We’re over the moon excited.’

Rachel’s followers and fans were quick to react to the news, with some of her showbiz pals also commenting on the sweet snap. 

Sports presenter Helen Skelton, 35, led the messages as she commented: ‘Amazing!’ underneath the snap.  

One impressed fan put: ‘This is the coolest pregnancy announcement ever.’

Loved-up: The Countdown star, 33, took to Instagram to reveal the news as she used the Channel 4 setting as a fun backdrop (pictured with partner Pasha in 2016)

Loved-up: The Countdown star, 33, took to Instagram to reveal the news as she used the Channel 4 setting as a fun backdrop (pictured with partner Pasha in 2016)

Loved-up: The Countdown star, 33, took to Instagram to reveal the news as she used the Channel 4 setting as a fun backdrop (pictured with partner Pasha in 2016) 

Fun: She captioned it with: 'Pash and I have a conundrum for you...you have till December to work it out! We’re over the moon excited.'

Fun: She captioned it with: 'Pash and I have a conundrum for you...you have till December to work it out! We’re over the moon excited.'

Fun: She captioned it with: ‘Pash and I have a conundrum for you…you have till December to work it out! We’re over the moon excited.’ 

A different follower said: ‘Excellent way to announce. Congratulations!’

Another fan added: ‘Maternity!!! I NEVER normally get these!!! Congratulations! ❤️.’

The announcement comes just three days after Rachel was spotted stepping out in London on Tuesday with a hot beverage. 

The blonde beauty cut a casual figure in black leggings, a purple vest top and a pink fluffy jumper.

Glowing: The announcement comes just three days after Rachel was spotted stepping out in London on Tuesday with a hot beverage

Glowing: The announcement comes just three days after Rachel was spotted stepping out in London on Tuesday with a hot beverage

Glowing: The announcement comes just three days after Rachel was spotted stepping out in London on Tuesday with a hot beverage

Details: The blonde beauty cut a casual figure in black leggings, a purple vest top and a pink fluffy jumper

Details: The blonde beauty cut a casual figure in black leggings, a purple vest top and a pink fluffy jumper

Details: The blonde beauty cut a casual figure in black leggings, a purple vest top and a pink fluffy jumper

Details: The blonde beauty cut a casual figure in black leggings, a purple vest top and a pink fluffy jumper

Details: The blonde beauty cut a casual figure in black leggings, a purple vest top and a pink fluffy jumper

Rachel completed her look with a black padded jacket, white trainers and a funky patterned bag.

The presenter styled her blonde locks into a blow-dried hairdo, adding a slick of glamorous make-up.  

Rachel, who was a recent Oxford graduate at the time, joined Countdown in 2008 after she took over from icon Carol Voderman and was an instant hit with viewers after filling Carol’s very large shoes. 

Love at first dance: Rachel ended her 16-month marriage to James Gilbert three months into Strictly in 2013, she then started dating professional Pasha after meeting on the show (pictured in 2013)

Love at first dance: Rachel ended her 16-month marriage to James Gilbert three months into Strictly in 2013, she then started dating professional Pasha after meeting on the show (pictured in 2013)

Love at first dance: Rachel ended her 16-month marriage to James Gilbert three months into Strictly in 2013, she then started dating professional Pasha after meeting on the show (pictured in 2013) 

The mathematician started dating Strictly professional Pasha when they met and were partnered on the show five years ago.  

Rachel ended her 16-month marriage to James Gilbert three months into the series, they had met while studying at the University of Oxford.   

While the pair rarely share details of their romance, Rachel admitted that she wasn’t looking for a relationship when she met the ballroom star in an interview with The Sun in 2018. 

End of an era: The pregnancy post comes just weeks after Pasha quit Strictly Come Dancing after eight years to concentrate on a 'new challenge'

End of an era: The pregnancy post comes just weeks after Pasha quit Strictly Come Dancing after eight years to concentrate on a 'new challenge'

End of an era: The pregnancy post comes just weeks after Pasha quit Strictly Come Dancing after eight years to concentrate on a ‘new challenge’

The mathematician divulged: ‘I can only speak for myself but if I had seen on paper that I would have ended up with a ballroom dancer from Russia – we didn’t even speak the same language growing up, I liked football and maths – it doesn’t really work.’

She continued: ‘But I guess it’s about personality and we just found we get on really well and we have a good relationship.’

Rachel went on: ‘He didn’t go to uni, we didn’t watch any of the same programmes but were we have our differences… it’s interesting. You don’t need to like the same stuff.’

Also in 2018, months before falling pregnant, the Oxford graduate shared she’s not quite ready to become a mother yet.

‘All my friends are getting pregnant at the moment. That’s good for them, but it’s currently not on my radar,’ she said in an exclusive interview in today’s Mail on Sunday Event magazine. 

The pregnancy post comes just weeks after Pasha quit Strictly Come Dancing after eight years to concentrate on a ‘new challenge’.

He tweeted in February this year: ‘After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals lifting 1 glitter ball, it’s time for me to find a new challenge and so I’ve decided to make last year – my final season on Strictly.’

Prior to this, Rachel had revealed her uneasiness about watching her other half dancing with attractive partners.    

When asked about the famous ‘Strictly curse’, she said to The Sun: ‘It’s left its mark. It just makes me feel nervous — so I make myself busy when it’s on. I leave Pasha to it.’

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