TV presenter Julia Bradbury has revealed she is pregnant with twins.
The 44-year-old former Countryfile host, who has a three-year-old son called Zephyrus with partner Gerard Cunningham, is due to give birth next spring after falling pregnant after five rounds of IVF.
She told Hello! magazine: “I’m completely overjoyed. 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.”
Bradbury said she was being cautious about the pregnancy given her age, adding: “I am slightly guarded and I’m not taking anything for granted.
“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.”
She said she was “gobsmacked” to discover she was expecting twins, adding: “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 ‘OK, deep breath’.”
Bradbury said her partner is being “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. Octomum.”
Bradbury was born in Ireland but the family returned to Britain, where she attended primary school in Rutland, followed by King Edward VII School in Sheffield, where her father worked for British Steel and her Greek-born mother ran a fashion business.
She attended acting classes, and took part as a child in the Crucible Theatre’s stage production of Peter Pan, starring Joanne Whalley and Paula Wilcox.
She left school at 16 after O-levels and worked in advertising before moving into television presenting where her career really took off.
She was in her mid 30s and at the height her success when she was diagnosed with endometriosis, which could have made her infertile. But after treatment, she found she was able to have children.