Rachel Riley returns to Countdown for first time since birth bringing along daughter Maven and Pasha

Rachel Riley has returned to the Countdown studios to film new episodes for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Maven Aria Riley Kovalev.

The presenter, 34, and her husband Pasha Kovalev, 40, welcomed their first child in December after she was two weeks overdue , and pre-recorded episodes her pregnant are still airing on Channel 4.

Rachel joked about her "eternal on screen pregnancy" alongside a snap of her adorable family in front of the Countdown board, which displayed her daughter's name and date of birth.

"First block back at work done and dusted and I can still sum post baby… phew! Mave was busy melting hearts and Pash is a hero.

"The eternal on screen pregnancy has just a month to go! Now back to family time for us, we’re really loving it," Rachel wrote.

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Rachel, who celebrated a decade working on the iconic gameshow in 2019, returned to work just 11 weeks after having her first child.

The cast all filmed plenty of episodes while Rachel was still at work as Dictionary Corner pro Susie Dent explained: "We banked up a lot of episodes before she went on maternity leave, so we have a lot in the can to keep us going while she’s been off."

She revealed that Rachel was set to come back to filming, adding that they wouldn't be recording anything until she was back.

"‘We’ll be back and just pick up where we left off. We’re not going back into the studio without Rachel," Susie told Metro.co.uk.

During her brief maternity leave Rachel has been busy documenting her daughter's first months in several cute Instagram snaps with Pasha, after surprising everyone with their secret wedding in Las Vegas back in June.

Most recently the tot got her first experience of football as her parents took her to Old Trafford wearing a Manchester United babygro.

Rachel held Maven and stood by Pasha in front of the grounds in the family photo which she captioned: "10 weeks old today and her first trip to the Theatre of Dreams! We got 3 points and Mave got to meet Sir Alex and Sir Bobby – such a lucky baby, best day ever!"

As well as plenty of walks in the park, Rachel and Pasha also celebrated his 40th birthday at the end of January.

Taking to Instagram, Rachel shared the cute snap of Pasha holding their daughter as they posed cheek-to-cheek in the father-daughter image.

The presenter captioned the snap: “Celebrating 40 years of this wonderful human today. We couldn’t love him more.”

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The couple confirmed they had welcomed their daughter into the world in December, with Rachel saying she gave birth in her bathroom.

Rachel wrote at the time: “2 weeks after we were expecting her this little one finally made an appearance!

“Miss Maven (one who understands) Aria (lioness) Riley Kovaleva arrived on Sunday morning weighing in at 7lbs 4.

“After keeping us waiting she came so quickly we didn’t have a chance to get to the hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and wonderful St Mary’s midwives rushing over to be with us in to be nick of time!

“She’s absolutely perfect and Pasha and I are in newborn bliss. Couldn’t be more in love.”

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