Pregnant Rachel Riley beams as she leaves Countdown studios in floaty blue dress ahead of maternity leave

COUNTDOWN star Rachel lives the life of Riley as she prepares to go on maternity leave.

The maths whizz grinned as she was pictured coming out of the show’s studios in Salford’s Media City in a blue and white dress.

Rachel, 35, is expecting her second baby with her ex-Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer husband Pasha Kovalev.

The couple, who already have 18-month-old daughter Maven, announced they were expecting again in April.

Rachel will continue working for another month before taking some time off to prepare for their new arrival in October.

To announce the tot, Rachel and Pasha, 41, put a Countdown themed post on her Instagram account – using an anagram that spelt fertility.

Rachel recently revealed: "I am very excited to announce that I have written a book.

"It's called At Sixes and Sevens and it's a maths book for adults who lack a little bit of confidence in the maths department and need an extra hand.

"I will be taking you by the hand and leading you every step of the way. It's a fun maths book, so there's more references to football, cocktails and even vajazzles than you might expect."

She concluded: "It's out at the end of October and I hope you might get something from it."

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