Lucy Mecklenburgh says she “can’t wait” to welcome her second child, but that she will need to wait to meet her baby daughter before deciding on a name.
The former The Only Way Is Essex star, who already shares son Roman with actor Ryan Thomas, said she had an “inkling” that her new baby would be a girl but was not sure.
She told Hello! magazine that the latest addition to the family was due in late spring.
“We can’t wait,” the 30-year-old TV personality said.
“I had an inkling that I was having a girl, but I was a bit more unsure than with Roman.
“With him I just knew – I don’t know why but even before we found out, I said: ‘I know, one hundred per cent, it’s a boy.’”
On choosing a name, Mecklenburgh said again she was more certain with her previous child.
“With Roman we named him as soon as we found out we were having a boy.
“I remember we looked at a list and we both pointed to the same name. But this time, we have a list of 15 names.
“We may just have to wait to meet her. Nothing in the world beats that moment when you hold your baby for the first time.
“You experience this whole new kind of love, and they are your world. Nothing else really matters.”
Mecklenburgh announced she was expecting again in November when she shared a photo on Instagram.
The post showed her cradling her baby bump while her son looks at his own bare stomach.
Roman was born on 7 March 2020 – a couple of weeks before lockdown hit and Mecklenburgh admitted that being a new mum could be “very lonely”.
But she said social media had helped.
“I’d put up stories at 4am about feeding and I’d get mums messaging me back.
“It was a way to know you are not alone. That is how motherhood is: we are all in it together.”
Mecklenburgh and Thomas, 37, have been in a relationship since 2017 after meeting on Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls.
Thomas, who played Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street from 2000 until 2016, proposed during a holiday in Italy in June 2019.