Julia Bradbury has revealed in an exclusive interview and photoshoot in HELLO! magazine, that she is pregnant with twins.
The 44-year-old presenter is due to give birth next Spring, giving her and partner Gerard Cunningham two siblings for their three-year-old son Zephyrus.
"I'm completely overjoyed," Julia told HELLO!. "The prospect of having two for one is just incredible.
"Starting later in life having children, I didn't ever think I'd have a big family. Zeph was the unexpected miracle and I was thrilled and happy to have him. It's taken a long time to get to this stage so the prospect of going from one to three is utterly amazing."
In the interview, Julia reveals that the babies were conceived on her fifth round of IVF treatment. And she says that given her age, she is being very cautious during the pregnancy. "I am slightly guarded and I'm not taking anything for granted," she said. "This whole process is very much about milestones – getting to the next stage – so it's quite a rollercoaster. We've got to be ultra, ultra careful, really cautious and try to stay as healthy, calm and comfortable as possible."
And she said she was 'gobsmacked' to discover she was expecting twins. "It's not an impossibility when you go through IVF. But when we found out at the first scan, we were gobsmacked. It was like 'Okay, deep breath.'"
Julia also says that her partner Gerard has been 'incredibly supportive', adding: "He knows what I've been going through and said if he could do it, he would have.
"But he's equally passionate about siblings for Zeph – he's one of eight. There was never a moment when he said, 'Oh God, it's twins.' He was like, 'Brilliant.' If he could squeeze in four or more, he'd be happy," she says. "Octomum!"
And she also tells HELLO! she plans to start work again six months after the birth as she wants to keep her career going.
"It's the job of older women on TV to keep going and to keep pushing ourselves. I know several women in the business who have said that when they got to 50 the TV work stopped or halved- we have to change that.
See the full exclusive story in HELLO! magazine, out now.