Sam Faiers pregnant: Ex-TOWIE star and boyfriend Paul Knightley expecting baby number three

Sam Faiers has delightedly told fans that she is expecting her third baby with boyfriend Paul Knightley.

The ex-TOWIE star, who is already mum to son Paul Jr and daughter Rosie, shared the delightful news on Instagram.

Posting a sweet black and white photo showing her two kids kissing her bump, Sam wrote: "Soon to be a family of 5. We have a spring baby on the way. We’re so happy and feeling blessed."

The 30 year old added that she won't be finding out the gender of the new baby, writing: "ps keeping this little one a surprise."

Sam was swarmed with well-wishes from her friends and fans alike.

Amber Davis wrote: "Oh Sam I had a feeling!!! I am so happy for you," alongside three red heart emojis.

Olivia Attwood added: "Congratulations darling," while Georgia Kousoulou added: "Awww congratulations."

Paul excitedly shared the same snap and caption to his Instagram page.

The family of four have been enjoying a holiday to Dubai, with Sam sharing a series of sunny snaps on social media and even treating daughter Rosie to a mermaid experience at the Dubai Mall.

And it was during the break that Sam’s fans began to speculate that she may be expecting thanks to her appearing to cover her tummy in her pictures.

Underneath a snap of herself and Rosie on the beach where the three year old is sat in front of her mum, one follower wrote: “I think there's a baby coming!"

Another commented: "Strategically placed child….. are you pregnant?"

A snap from later on in their trip sees former TOWIE Sam posing with Paul and their children, with son Paul stood in front of her as she wears a black and white dress.

One fan asked: "When is the baby due? I have a feeling," while another commented: “Pregnant?"

Another picture shows Sam holding Paul and Rosie’s hands as she poses in a baggy brown shirt dress.

Sam has made no secret on her desire to have a big family and she recently admitted that didn’t want “too much of a big gap” between her babies.

She said: "If a third baby comes along… we don't want too much of a big gap."

Speaking during an episode of her former ITVBe show The Mummy Diairies, Sam said that she and Paul would expand their family once daughter Rosie turned three and went off to nursery.

She said: "People that know us know that we've never been ones to send our kids to nursery, and look, I'm not against nursery at all, but when she is three I would definitely be looking to put her [Rosie] into a nursery… That's when we'll have another baby."

Back in June Sam announced that she was leaving The Mummy Diaries to focus on “new adventures”.

Her sister Billie Shepherd has since landed her own spin-off show called The Family Dairies, which is currently airing on ITVBe.

Announcing the news, Sam wrote on Instagram: “After many months of consideration, I've decided that now feels like the right time to step away and to focus on new adventures.

"I truly have watched all the most defining moments in my adult life play out on The Mummy Diaries – bringing two beautiful children into the world, my relationship with Paul, building my businesses, creating a home together as a family, and of course all the wonderful memories with Billie and my family.

"I'm so grateful to ITV and Potato for giving me and my children the best home movies anyone could ask for, I could never have imagined 7 years ago that we would still be here today – 9 series on! But more importantly, I will be forever appreciative to our incredible viewers.

"There’s no family more entertaining than the Shepherds, so I can’t wait to sit back as a viewer for a change and watch the fun play out while I have a few adventures of my own away from the cameras."

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