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Pregnant Little Mix star Perrie Edwards was overcome with emotion as her pals treated her to a lavish baby shower as she prepares to welcome her first child with partner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The pop star and the Liverpool footballer, who have been together five years, announced in May they are expecting a little bundle of joy this summer.

As Perrie's due date approaches, a group of her closest friends got together to throw her a traditional baby shower – complete with lavish cake and balloon displays.

Perrie took to Instagram to share some highlights from the garden party.

First up, the 27-year-old mum-to-be showed off a very impressive four-tier iced sponge cake complete with fresh flower decorations, gems and even some tiny plastic feet poking through.

Perrie Edwards gave fans a glimpse at her lavish baby shower
(Image: Perrie edwards/Instagram)

Her friends went all out with the decorations for Baby Ox
(Image: Perrie edwards/Instagram)

But before tucking into the delicious desert, Perrie revealed the tasty spread of canapés on offer after her pals splashed out on the al fresco catering.

A huge white gazebo was also decorated with balloons that read 'Baby Ox', giving away the couple's nickname for their new arrival.

Perrie announced she was expecting with her football beau in an Instagram post in May.

"So happy to be on this wild journey with my soulmate.

Mum-to-be Perrie made her announcement in May just days after Little Mix bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock
(Image: Perrie edwards/Instagram)

"We can't wait to meet you baby Ox," she gushed.

The news came just days after Perrie's bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock revealed that she too is pregnant with her first child.

The duo had kept the news a closely-guarded secret for months, choosing to hide their bumps with baggy clothes before they made the reveal.

The nickname Perrie and Alex have coined was adorned on the balloons
(Image: Perrie edwards/Instagram)

Perrie showed off the impressive balloon display inside the tent
(Image: Perrie edwards/Instagram)

Bandmate Jade Thirlwall also got in on the act by also donning loose-fit clothing so as not to raise suspicion.

However, since their Instagram announcements and proudly displaying their bumps in their first public appearance since – the 2021 Brit Awards – Perrie and Leigh-Anne have returned to being open with fans about their journeys.

Over the weekend, Leigh-Anne spoke to her Instagram followers about the struggles her body has been through over the last few months.

Perrie and Leigh-Anne proudly showed off their bumps at the 2021 Brit Awards

Posing in a nude bikini, the 29-year-old said sunbathing in the heat 'isn't what it used to be' now she's pregnant.

"Time to give my body some credit… this is the hardest thing I have EVER done, I have struggled these past few weeks," she admitted.

"Swollen hands and feet, bruised ribs and then chuck in a whole heap of hormones to the mix but then I think about what's actually going on inside this belly and I'm mind blown… creating life…

Leigh-Anne admitted she was suffering in the heat

"I am so proud of how far I've come and so grateful for this blessing."

Leigh-Anne is expecting her first child with partner Andre Gray, who proposed during lockdown last year.