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Since first joining The One Show 11 years ago, it’s safe to say that Alex Jones, 44, has flourished as one of the nation’s telly sweethearts. She’s currently expecting a baby girl – a sister for sons Teddy, four, and Kit, two – with her husband, insurance broker Charlie Thomson.

How have you been feeling, Alex?

Really good, thanks – better than with the boys. At the beginning I was completely comatose and I put that down to doing Veganuary [the nationwide campaign to go vegan throughout January]. That’s how in touch I am with my body! But I was actually pregnant. I’m so lucky I’ve not had much sickness. The boys keep me so busy that I barely have time to notice. People keep asking me how many months until I’m due, but I don’t know [laughs]. I’m about two thirds of the way through.

Have you had any weird cravings?

Alex and husband Charlie Thomson are expecting their first girl after two boys
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Not really but my taste buds have changed because the smell of wine is now horrific to me. I keep trying to smell it, hoping it’s not permanent! It’s good though because it means that I don’t want to drink any.

Has pregnancy been a different experience during lockdown?

I guess so. I haven’t seen any midwives at all in person during the pandemic. I’ve had two scans and that’s it. For me that’s OK, because by this time around I hope I’d know if something was wrong. That’s why I’m grateful for the fact that it’s our third. I’m just hoping that everything’s OK because I feel OK.

Pregnant Alex says she feels a lot more confident this time around
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Are you excited about expecting a baby girl this time?

Really excited! It’s a huge gift. Wanting a girl was always something that was there, although I would never have said it because we’re so lucky to have two lovely boys. I thought our time had passed to have a girl and that it wasn’t going to happen.

Is Charlie delighted to be having a daughter?

Alex says Charlie can't wait to be a dad again
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We both said how amazing three boys would be. Then when we opened the email which told us the sex of the baby, his little face was a picture. We were too scared to say it, but I think we both felt the same. We had both secretly thought it would be amazing if it was a girl. It’ll be really interesting to see the different dynamics. I’m such a pushover with the boys.

How did the BBC react when you told them your happy news?

They were brilliant. We’ve decided to see how I feel during the pregnancy. Now we’ve got Jermaine Jenas and Ronan Keating on board, it feels that there’s a lot of back-up in the studio. During the pandemic we’ve had so many people who’ve come on the show and become part of the family. So Rylan Clark-Neal, Michael Ball, Alex Scott – there’s a gang of us now. I feel very well supported.