Chemmy Alcott has exclusively revealed that she is pregnant with her second child. Chemmy, who has a one-year-old son Locki with her husband, former British champion skier Dougie Crawford, tells HELLO! that she is expecting their second child on 16 January. "It is going to be a crazy winter with a vivacious toddler, a newborn and skiing but I know we can do it!" says 36-year-old Chemmy, who represented Team GB throughout a 20-year sporting career.
"Locki was born smack bang in the middle of a busy winter and I had to go straight back to work. This baby is due just three days after Locki was born – and I plan to be skiing by the 9 Feb and have loads of work on into April," reveals Chemmy, who runs coaching camps for children with Dougie.
Chemmy and Dougie introduce baby Locki:
The happy news is extra special as Chemmy struggled to conceive first time around. "We always planned to try for a second baby after my work for the BBC at the Olympics. With Locki we struggled to conceive – I changed my diet, I started keeping watch on my fertile times, I quit coffee (very hard for me) and even started acupuncture to help get pregnant. So we expected to have similar struggles. However, the opposite happened!"
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Chemmy reveals that it was the day after celebrating at a royal-themed party with her good friend Heidi Range on the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19, that they found out they were expecting a sibling for Locki. "I wasn't feeling very well. I joked to Dougie that perhaps I was pregnant and he tried to play things down and manage my expectation but I snuck out that afternoon and bought a super cheap supermarket pregnancy test.
Chemmy and Dougie pictured with their baby boy Locki last year
"Within 10 seconds it showed a very strong + sign. I ran downstairs and Dougie could tell. We were so surprised but so happy. I then made him buy three of the expensive ones which tell you how pregnant you are (0-1 week, 1-2 weeks, 3+ weeks). The first one highlighted straight away in no time at all that I was 3+ weeks!"
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Dougie said of their delight: "We are so excited to have another baby on the way. It was a bit of a shock but in the best way. I really didn't take it seriously when Chemmy first said she thought she might be but then suddenly it was very real! I think last time we were quite naive about how hard having a baby is. Now we know so I think we are almost more nervous than first time round! Locki is such a bundle of energy so having a second will be a lot of fun and a lot of work!"