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Jessica Sansome

Pregnant Gemma Atkinson branded 'stunner' as she shows off bump in glam photoshoot after clapping back at body-shamers

Gemma Atkinson was hailed a 'stunner' by her newest pal Helen Skelton after she showed off her blossoming baby bump in a behind-the-scenes look at a recent photoshoot. The pregnant Hits Radio host became a cover star for The Sun's Fabulous magazine as they marked Mother's Day with their issue on Sunday (March 19).

Sharing a look at her gorgeous snaps from the cover shoot, Gemma typed on Instagram: "Thank you for having me for Mother’s Day @fabulousmag It’s nice I get to keep some glamorous photos of this pregnancy as opposed to the braless in trackies with no makeup pictures I currently have!"

She then returned with a video that showed the 38-year-old posing in front of the camera as she sported a few different outfits, including an angelic white figure-hugging dress and a black gown boasting a dramatic thigh-high split and cut-out.

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Gemma, who announced she was expecting her second child with Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez in January, was also seen parading her blossoming bump in a black crop top and baggy trousers while her blonde locks rested past her shoulders after being styled into bouncy curls.

"BTS from my shoot," Gemma typed alongside the video which she posted with her millions of followers. "So blessed, so lucky and so Thankful. My little boy. We can’t wait to meet you," she sweetly added.

Countryfile host Helen, who was partnered with Gorka during the most recent run of Strictly at the end of last year, was quick to comment on the post, writing: "Stunner. Inside and out." And fans were also quick to offer compliments.

@loooby30 said: "Gorgeous momma x you always look amazing but those hormones are making you glow beautifully!" @anneglover77 commented: "Gorgeous down to earth woman you look fab." @jessblast80 wrote: "Natural beauty. You are glowing."

@laura.ward73 replied: "You little stunner. Mind you, you always look gorgeous." @hulstrom65 posted: "Stunning!! Absolutely beautiful." @josephine._baker typed: "Looking great Gemma." @neeny892 shared: "So gorgeous @glouiseatkinson and brilliantly down to earth too." @gembsb35 added: "Glowing inside & out."

Speaking to Fabulous, Gemma opened up about her second pregnancy and clapped back at those who have body-shamed her while carrying her second child, who is due in the summer and who she and Gorka confirmed is a baby boy.

She said she "carried a lot heavier this time" compared to her first pregnancy with daughter Mia, who turns four in July. "My legs have got bigger. My boobs have tripled in size – Gorka’s living his best life with those! He’s loving it," Gemma told Fabulous. "But it happened with Mia as well, so I’m saying: ‘Don’t get used to it, because they’re going!’ During pregnancy, your skin and hair glows, but then that stops when the baby comes.

"I embrace the changes, because it’s a sign that my body’s doing what it needs to do. Even with Mia, I wasn’t one of those women going: ‘Oh no, I’m putting weight on.’ You are growing a human. It is bizarre seeing yourself completely different to what you are used to, but then you see the baby on the scans and you think: 'Crikey, they’re actually inside my tummy.'"

Talking about the awful trolling over her weight gain, including one troll describing her as "tubby", while another said pregnancy was "no reason to let herself go", the former soap star said: "I will always get this stuff – pregnant or not.

"Embrace the changes. My cellulite on my arse is tenfold at the minute! My boobs are massive and I struggle to put my shoes on. But I’m growing and creating life. My son. And for that blessing, I’ll take all of the above and more, including the p***ks on Twitter."


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