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Jessica Sansome

Gemma Atkinson shares daughter's sweet way of preparing for baby brother as she sends clear message

Gemma Atkinson has shared the sweet yet funny way her daughter is preparing to become a big sister after Gemma started her countdown to maternity leave. The Hits Radio is expecting her second child with her Strictly Come Dancing star fiance Gorka Marquez.

Taking to Instagram on Friday (April 28), Gemma, 38, shared a photo of herself and Gorka, 32, which showed her pulling a huge smile for the camera while gripping on to her topless dancer beau.

"3 weeks until my maternity leave, 5 weeks until the tour ends!" the former Hollyoaks and Emmerdale star wrote alongside the image referring to the fact that Gorka is currently away preparing to tour with a number of his BBC One co-stars on the Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK tour.

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"My happy face knowing he's home for 10 fill weeks!!!" She then quipped: "It'll be the longest we've spent together in 6 years so could go either way," alongside a crying laughing emoji.

Gemma and Gorka reveled back in January that they were expanding their family by sharing a string of black and white images to Instagram. With one showing her blossoming bump, Gemma joked it was "impossible" to hide it any longer and said: "Our baby boy will be joining our family later this year. We feel so incredibly blessed and Grateful to be on this journey again. Mia is absolutely thrilled!"

She then added: "Although we may need to do some negotiating on names, as so far she’s adamant he’s going to be called Barbie." But she's taking her promotion to big sister seriously and taking to Instagram on Monday (May 1), Bury-born Gemma filmed three-year-old Mis as she held on to her doll.

She set the video to The Temptations track 'My Girl' and typed hilariously copying her little girl's northern accent: "Takes her doll everywhere now to 'practice carrying mi brotha,'" adding a string of crying laughing emojis.

Mia is preparing to become a big sister (Gemma Atkinson Instagram)

It comes after Gemma told how she hadn't asked for a 'due date' for her unborn son as she shared a screengrab of a message she received in which she was asked when her 'little man' was due. "Hope you don't mind me asking," one of her loyal followers added. "Don't mind at all," Gemma prefaced her reply.

She then continued: "I've been asked this a lot but I've specifically asked for a time frame instead of a due date for a few reasons..." Sharing why, she went on: "1. I think we become too obsessed with that one day. 2. If they arrive before or after that day we start with 'they are late or early panic/anxiety'.

"So with that in mind, I've asked for a 'timeframe'. I've been told any time from the back few weeks in June to the front few weeks in July he could be coming. Happier me that way as I'm more chilled and accepted of he'll come when he's ready."

And one her baby son is here, Gemma has vowed to do something which she did after Mia was born back in July 2019. Sharing a post from The Mummy MOT, she said: "I'll absolutely be having another Mummy MOT after little man 100%.

"We shouldn't have to and don't have to live with post-natal stuff such as seeing when we sneeze or jump, painful sex, diastasis recti or low self-esteem. Let's normalise pelvic floor rehabilitation as apposed to lady pads."


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