Gemma Atkinson has given birth to her second child with her fiancé Gorka Marquez.
The Hollyoaks favourite, 38, welcomed a baby boy and took to her Instagram on Wednesday to share the joyful news.
She captioned the post: ‘Little man is here! He arrived safe and sound and he’s utterly wonderful. Mia is already the mother hen we expected her to be’.
‘We’re all home together soaking up this lovely little bubble before Gorks has to leave for Strictly rehearsals next week.’
The couple are also proud parents to daughter Mia, three, who they welcomed in 2019 – two years after meeting and falling in love on Strictly Come Dancing.
The actress revealed she was pregnant for the second time in January, as she shared an array of stunning black and white photographs flaunting her blossoming baby bump.
Family unit: The couple are also proud parents to daughter Mia, three, who they welcomed in 2019 – two years after meeting and falling in love on Strictly Come Dancing.
In one snap, she was joined by Gorka, 32, who flashed a huge smile, while another picture saw her daughter Mia sweetly lying across her stomach.
In a caption, Gemma said their daughter Mia was ‘thrilled’ about the news and joked that their son will be called ‘Barbie’ if it was down to their daughter.
She wrote: ‘Impossible to hide my belly any longer. I’ve officially “popped”. 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!
‘Although we may need to do some negotiating on names, as so far she’s adamant he’s going to be called Barbie.’
Gemma and professional dancer Gorka got engaged in February 2021, four years after meeting on Strictly.
Last year, Gemma revealed she’s postponed her wedding to Gorka due to both of their busy schedules – after saying she’d rather try for another baby than plan lavish nuptials.
Strictly star Gorka opened up about the prospect of becoming a father again earlier in January, saying he’s excited to be welcoming another addition to his family.
He told HELLO! magazine: ‘We’re so blessed. He’ll be a little sibling – and maybe future dance partner – for our daughter Mia. She’s obsessed with dancing, so who knows.
‘That we get the chance to have another baby – we never take that for granted. Life flies, so make the most of every second you have.’
Cute couple: Gemma and professional dancer Gorka got engaged in February 2021, four years after meeting on Strictly
Gemma didn’t hold back from telling her pregnancy fears in the past, admitting she has enlisted the help of private midwives.
Taking to her Instagram Stories in February, Gemma told of her fears that ‘history could repeat itself’ with her pregnancy as she shared her reasons for choosing a private midwife, as opposed to going through the NHS.
‘I love our NHS but I know how stretched they are and with the strikes still happening I felt uneasy at the thought of history repeating itself with my pregnancy and not enough staff to help,’ Gemma told fans.
Although she’ll be hiring a private midwife, the Emmerdale star said her baby boy will be born in an NHS hospital.
Gemma continued: ‘By the way I fully support their reasons for striking and they should absolutely be paid a hell of a lot more for that they do!
‘Our baby will be born at an NHS hospital but my pre and post care will be done by Rach.’
Detailing more insights of her second pregnancy journey back in March, Gemma revealed her ‘boobs have tripled in size’ compared to her last pregnancy.
The presenter said she was ’embracing the changes’ to her body despite being trolled over her weight and being told she has ‘let herself go’.
She told OK! Magazine: ‘I’ve carried a lot heavier this time. My legs have got bigger. My boobs have tripled in size – Gorka’s living his best life with those! I embrace the changes because it’s a sign that my body’s doing what it need’s to do.
‘I will always get this stuff – pregnant of not. Even with Mia, I wasn’t one of those women going “Oh no, I’m putting weight on”‘.
No rush: Last year, Gemma revealed she’s postponed her wedding to Gorka due to their busy schedules – after saying she’d rather try for another baby than plan nuptials (pictured in 2019)