Chemmy and her husband, former ski champion Dougie Crawford, have announced to HELLO! Online that they are expecting a son. "I totally welled up as being the youngest of three with two older brothers, I was hoping secretly for a boy," she said.
Chemmy, 34, who is Britain's most successful female alpine skier, decided to find out the sex of their baby, due on January 1st, at the 20-week scan. "Normally we love surprises but because of when I am due and the fact that Dougie will be away running our ski camps for two weeks before and a week after, discovering the sex of the baby was something we wanted to enjoy together," said Chemmy, who is preparing to give birth without Dougie at her side.
Chemmy Alcott is expecting a baby boy!
Becoming a mum is unlikely to slow down the skier who represented TeamGB throughout a 20-year-sporting career and is used to speeding downhill at 80mph.
"I will be a better mother if I am following my passion, which is to be out there in the mountains," she said, adding: "I have been so lucky that so far – except from struggling to put my shoes on – I have been able to stay as active as ever."
Chemmy will be working right up to a week before the baby is due, on the Ski World Cup commentating for Eurosport – "Won't that be interesting if my waters break live on air!" – and said she is getting ready for life as a mum.
"I feel like the baby is already trying to prepare us for sleepless nights because all day whilst I am working he is serene and then at night he comes alive!" she said.
Check out Chemmy's Mum2Be blog on her official Facebook page.