Family Diaries star Billie Shepherd delighted fans when she announced she was expecting her third child back in June with a beautiful Instagram post from her family holiday in Abu Dhabi.
And in a new interview with OK! the pregnant star told us the moment, two months before her social media announcement, she found out she will be adding another child to her brood.
“I just had a feeling I was pregnant,” recalled Billie, who says she and husband Greg Shepherd hadn’t been trying but weren’t exactly being careful either.
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“My boobs were swollen, I felt a bit sicky, and I remember being at a party at my friend’s house and I had a sip of prosecco and just didn’t fancy it. So, we bought a pregnancy test while we were out shopping, and I laughed with Greg about hoping that no one saw us buying it!”
The star, who is also mum to daughter Nelly, eight, and five year old son Arthur, took us back to the evening she took the test.
“After we put the kids to bed, I took the test in the bathroom and jumped back into bed with Greg – and you know when it just keeps flashing?” she said.
“I was really nervous because a positive pregnancy test is life changing. It’s quite overwhelming. So, it was doing that flashing, flashing, flashing for ages then it popped up ‘pregnant’ and was 3 weeks+. We were like, ‘Oh my god!’ We were so excited.”
After an early scan Billie told her family the happy news of their new addition, while she said mum Suzie and sister Sam Faiers were in “shock.”
“I think they thought I would wait until I moved into our new house and then do it,” she explained.
“That might have been the sensible option. Then we wrote a letter from the baby to Arthur and Nelly and put it by the front door. It said, ‘Dear Nelly and Arthur, you haven’t met me yet, but I’m in Mummy’s tummy. I’m going to be your brother or sister. I can’t wait to meet you.’”
Their children were of course delighted. But when it comes to choosing a name for her next baby the expectant mum is struggling.
Billie, who explained she’s not finding out the gender this time, told us: “I’m not one of those where I would name my bump anyway. I’ve got a few girls names I like, but boys’ names I’m struggling with.”
Work-wise, Billie has teamed up with OK! for her brand-new Beauty Box. Inside, her limited-edition collection includes 11 gorgeous skin, hair and body products, some of which are gentle enough to use on the whole family.
The OK! Beauty Box by Billie Shepherd, worth over £200 is available for OK! readers to pre-order at the special price of £40* – instead of £45 for a limited time only.
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