Pregnant Rachel Riley bids farewell to Countdown as she heads on maternity leave

Pregnant Rachel Riley bid farewell to her Countdown presenting duties on Friday as she headed on maternity leave.

Taking to Instagram, the TV star, 35, displayed her growing baby bump in a patterned wrap dress as she shared a collection of fun snaps with her show replacement Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon.

Rachel revealed that she will be on TV screens until December and will then be returning to her presenting duties at some point next year.

She penned: "Well that’s it from me, I’ve officially finished filming to pop a baby out! You’re stuck with me on screen till December when the totally amazing @notyouraverageami will be keeping the numbers in line till I’m back next year!

"Hope you have loads of fun Anne-Marie, best of luck lovely! #maternityleave #mathsgenius #stemettes #countdown."

Rachel's 521K followers were quick to react to the post as they wished the Countdown star good luck.

One person said: "Happy maternity xxx."

A different account put: "Good luck with the new baby," followed by a heart emoji.

Another follower commented: "Good luck with new arrival."

While a different account added: "Hope all goes well for you," followed by heart emojis.

Rachel is preparing to give birth to her second child with her dancer husband Pasha Kovalev. The couple already share a daughter, Maven, who was born in December 2019.

The star announced her second pregnancy on the iconic Countdown set in April, sharing a photo of a "teatime teaser" on her Instagram.

Rachel stood in front of the board which had a jumble of letters saying "FITTRILEY" which rearranged spelled out fertility.

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The caption read: "A special teatime teaser! And your clue is… Riley had this to thank for the reason her clothes no longer fit her…

"And it'll only get worse till Autumn! Happy, happy days for our little family @pashakovalev and future big sister Mave."

Rachel announced her first pregnancy in a similar way in 2019 where she spelt out the word "maternity" in the Countdown studio.

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