Rachel Riley reveals fast arrival of baby girl meant unexpected birth location

Rachel Riley reveals fast arrival of baby girl meant unexpected birth location

Rachel Riley has given birth to her baby girl in her bathroom, two weeks after her due date.

Maven is the first child for the Countdown star, 33, and her husband, former Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev, 39.

The maths whizz wrote on Twitter: "Two 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.

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Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev attending the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2016 at the Tate Modern, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev at the Julien MacDonald catwalk show, part of London Fashion Week SS16, Smithfields Market, London.
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev arriving at the Julien MacDonald show taking place during London Fashion Week SS16. Picture Credit Should Read Edward Smith/ PA Showbiz
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev at the Julien MacDonald Catwalk Show, London Fashion Week SS15, the Royal Opera House, London.
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev at the Julien MacDonald Catwalk Show, London Fashion Week SS15, the Royal Opera House, London.
Embargoed to 0001 Saturday October 26th BBC's Strictly Come Dancing contestant Rachel Riley and her professional dancer Pasha Kovalev practice at studio 45 in north London ahead of Saturday's show.
Embargoed to 0001 Saturday October 26th BBC's Strictly Come Dancing contestant Rachel Riley and her professional dancer Pasha Kovalev practice at studio 45 in north London ahead of Saturday's show.
Embargoed to 0001 Saturday October 26th BBC's Strictly Come Dancing contestant Rachel Riley and her professional dancer Pasha Kovalev practice at studio 45 in north London ahead of Saturday's show.
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev rehearse their waltz at Ace Dance & Music, Birmingham ahead of their first dance on Strictly Come dancing.
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev rehearse their waltz at Ace Dance & Music, Birmingham ahead of their first dance on Strictly Come dancing.
EMBARGOED TO 0001 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28. Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev rehearse their waltz at Ace Dance & Music, Birmingham ahead of their first dance on Strictly Come dancing.
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"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."

Riley and Kovalev met on Strictly in 2013, and married in a Las Vegas ceremony earlier this year.

The Countdown star announced in May that she was expecting a baby.

She posted a picture on Instagram cradling a baby bump on the set of the Channel 4 game show, with the letters on the board spelling out "R TINY MATE".

She wrote: "Pash and I have a conundrum for you... you have till December to work it out!"

Riley started dating Kovalev after splitting from her husband and fellow Oxford University student Jamie Gilbert in 2013.

Earlier this year Kovalev announced he was leaving Strictly after eight years on the show.

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez became parents in the summer after meeting on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017.

Atkinson was partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec and Marquez with Alexandra Burke.

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