Alex Jones has revealed her pregnancy will be her last as she prepares to welcome her third child, a baby girl, with her husband Charlie Thomson.
In an exclusive chat with MailOnline, The One Show presenter, 44, who is working with Cadbury Cocoa Life on their Cadbury Sofa Sessions, admitted she didn’t realise she was expecting and blamed her symptoms on trying out veganism.
‘I just felt really tired but, of course, in hindsight I was pregnant. I thought it was the veganism making me drained of energy but it wasn’t,’ Alex said.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Jones has revealed her pregnancy will be her last as she prepares to welcome her third child, a baby girl, with her husband Charlie Thomson
Despite being pregnant before, Alex said she was completely oblivious to the signs she was expecting and instead thought it was down to trying a meat and dairy-free diet.
The presenter continued: ‘This is ridiculous in a third pregnancy, but I didn’t realise the clues were there because I honestly blamed everything on the veganism. I was so tired and hungry all the time and I thought it was that.
‘But I said to my husband that I think we need to do a test. And he said: “What? What?” – anyway, we did a test.’
Surprise! In an exclusive chat with MailOnline, The One Show presenter, 44, admitted she didn’t realise she was expecting and blamed her symptoms on trying out veganism
Alex, who is already mum to two sons Teddy, four, and Kit, 23 months, admitted she and Charlie were ‘ecstatic’ to discover they were expecting a daughter, but acknowledged having three young children will, no doubt, be ‘hellish’ at times.
She said of her unexpected pregnancy: ‘It was a funny thing because we hadn’t necessarily planned on a third because we thought… We were so grateful to have the two boys and we just thought: “There you are”.
‘So, it was a huge surprise. And when we also realised that it was a girl, we were just ecstatic. Because I don’t know, it wasn’t something that we ever expected, but actually three feels great and nice.
‘And it’ll be hellish at times, I’m sure, because we’ll have three under four and a half, so it’ll be quite demanding. We just feel super lucky, super lucky that it’s happened.’
Doing her part: Alex is working with Cadbury Cocoa Life on the Cadbury Sofa Sessions to uncover what simple sustainable actions people can take to reduce their impact on the planet
‘Coming soon!’: Alex, who is already mum to two sons Teddy, four, and Kit, 23 months, admitted she and Charlie were ‘ecstatic’ to discover that they were expecting a daughter
Alex also revealed how her young two sons reacted to the news that they will soon have a little sister, with Teddy giving her a particularly hilarious response.
The TV star said: ‘I don’t think little Kit, the youngest one, really understands. I keep pointing to my tummy and saying “baby, there’s a baby in here” and he goes “baby” but I don’t think he understands what’s going on.
‘And then Teddy he is starting to talk about baby sister a little more. Initial reaction was: “Mama we already have baby” – he meant Kit – “and so we can send this one back”.’
While chuckling, Alex admitted: ‘So, he wasn’t enamored about it at the beginning! But I think it’s because during the lockdown and stuff he and Kit have become super close, because they’ve not seen their friends, they’ve not been going to nursery, they’ve only had each other.
‘Teddy is quite sensitive and I think he worried about the dynamic changing. He said “but what if Kit only wants to play with the new baby and doesn’t want to play with me anymore?” It’s funny, isn’t it? How children interpret things.
Hilarious: Alex also said her boys want to name their sister ‘Skye’ after the girl in Paw Patrol
‘But now, I think he’s accepted that mummy’s tummy is growing and this is the reality. He’s trying to be practical, so he asks things like: “How are we going to fit in the car?” which is a good question, because we haven’t figured that out yet.’
Alex also said her boys want to name their sister ‘Skye’ after the girl in Paw Patrol.
But, the Welsh beauty insisted they won’t be adding any of their children’s suggestions into the list of potential baby names, because: ‘If we did that, Kit would have been called Percy after the train.’
And while Alex excitedly awaits the arrival of her daughter, she confirmed that their little girl will be the last child that they have.
Discussing the idea of having kids in your fifties – after Naomi Campbell, aged 52, welcomed her first child last week – Alex insisted: ‘It wouldn’t be for me because we are now officially done!
Family: While Alex excitedly awaits the arrival of her daughter, she confirmed that their little girl will be the last child that they have (pictured in January 2020)
‘I think every human – man or woman – has to do what’s right for them, in terms of having a child.
‘And it doesn’t always work out for them the way you thought it would when you were 25. I thought I’d be married with two children by the time I was 28 and it didn’t work out like that with us.
‘So I think, for me that [having a child in your fifties] would be a little bit too late in the day. But everyone has the right to do what they feel.’
Going further into her thoughts on women having children later on in life, Alex explained: ‘The world has changed.
‘We can have babies now in our forties. Not everybody, obviously, some people struggle horrendously, but more and more of us are falling pregnant naturally or IVF is working in women’s forties.
‘But we’re in a different time to when we were all born. Things have moved on. We know how to look after ourselves. We’re a little bit more careful with our health.
‘There is a bit of a stigma still around it, but people these days because there’s pressure with careers and finding ‘The One’ and moving to somewhere for a job.
‘Sometimes, like me, you don’t meet your husband until your early 30s, and then naturally it takes time to go through the process.
‘I’ve had so many messages from people saying they’re in their mid-forties and they’re 23 weeks pregnant. And, I think it’s great that it’s become more normalised.’
Their future matters! Elsewhere, Alex admitted that her children are the reason that she decided to get involved in the Cadbury Sofa Sessions
Elsewhere, Alex admitted that her children are the reason that she decided to get involved in the Cadbury Sofa Sessions to uncover what simple sustainable actions people can take everyday to reduce their impact on the planet.
She explained: ‘I’m leading the Cadbury Sofa session to help us uncover what simple and sustainable actions all of us can make every single day to have a positive impact on the planet.
‘But I think people are really confused because there’s so much messaging. We want to help but don’t quite know what we should be doing that will make a huge difference.
‘The idea came from having young children, and I think unless we all play our part, they’re not gonna have a very nice planet to live in: for their children and their grandchildren.
‘Coming soon!’: Alex also revealed how her young two sons reacted to the news that they will soon have a little sister, with Teddy giving her a particularly hilarious response
‘I think it’s since becoming a mum that I’ve really started thinking about it. But also I’m married to a bit of a green crusader. It’s great because Charlie is focused on the boys, educating them on why we do certain things for the planet.
‘It’s great to start them really young. He’s really helped me to realise the importance of incorporating it into our daily lives, best we can.
‘Cadbury uses 100% sustainably sourced cocoa and helps the communities that make these products. I’ve been stuffing my face with Cadbury’s since forever, and the whole time I didn’t realise that buying that chocolate has been helping those women, the children and ensuring the farmers are being treated fairly.’
The Sofa Sessions are hosted by Alex Jones alongside three panellists including Cathy Pieters, Senior Director for Cocoa Life at Mondelez, Laurie Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Care International UK and Margreet Groot, Comms lead for the UNDP Green Commodities Programme.
Tastes good and does good! She explained: ‘I’m leading the Cadbury Sofa session to help us uncover what simple and sustainable actions all of us can make every single day’