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How Kristina Rihanoff is spending her last days before motherhood

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It's not long now until Kristina Rihanoff welcomes her first child, and what better way to prepare than get advice from your own mum? The former Strictly Come Dancing star has shared a photo on Twitter, revealing that her mother has flown in from Russia.

"My beautiful mum is finally with me! Happy," Kristina wrote.

She then retweeted a fan who complimented her lookalike mum, saying: "WoW!!! Mother?... More like sister!!"

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Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff are expecting their first child

Kristina is due to welcome her baby with her partner Ben Cohen any day now and in the lead-up, she'll be learning the ropes from her own mum.

While the mother-daughter duo live thousands of miles apart, Kristina and her mum have a close bond. The soon-to-be grandmother cried tears of joy when she found out that Kristina, 38, was expecting.

Admitting that it was a "surprise", Kristina told HELLO! that she was thrilled by the prospect of having a baby.

"My mother was with me over Christmas and when we found out she put her arms around me and she cried with joy. It is her lifelong dream for me to have a child and it was lovely to see her so happy," she said.

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The dancer recently showed off her growing bump at a charity awards ceremony

It seems like Kristina is enjoying the last days of her pregnancy and is winding down before the birth, although she was still carrying out her charity work earlier this month.

In the first week of June she attended an awards ceremony for Dot Com Children's Foundation, of which she is patron. The TV star wore a lace blue gown that had an empire waist, emphasising her growing bump.

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Kristina said that her mum "cried with joy" when she found out her daughter was expecting

Kristina and former rugby player Ben, 37, met on Strictly in 2013 when they were paired up. They started dating after Ben and his wife Abby split in September 2014.

In January 2016 Kristina announced her pregnancy, while also revealing that she was quitting Strictly, the BBC show that made her a household name.

"It's a bittersweet situation," she told HELLO!. "I was on Strictly for eight years and I always loved the dancing side of it, but I feel relieved because I wasn't happy towards the end. I'm also sad because I'm going to miss everyone. I will always be grateful for the fantastic opportunity that Strictly gave me to be part of such a brilliant show."

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