Danielle Armstrong is over the moon she is expecting her second child with her husband Tom Edney after they announced their news last week.
But while the former TOWIE star is excited to be expanding her family, a source has told OK! that mum of one Danielle, 34, felt "forced" to reveal her news when her friends noticed she had stopped drinking.
Our source told us: "She kept it on the down-low and didn't want anyone to know she was pregnant, because of the fertility struggles she's faced in the past.
"She kept it under wraps from everyone. She had friends speculating if she was pregnant because she wasn't drinking."
They added: "But she didn't want to be forced to have to tell anyone. She felt uncomfortable and wanted to do it in her own time."
OK! approached Danielle's representatives for comment.
Emiliana Hall, Founder of The Mindful Birth Group® antenatal and hypnobirthing classes told us: "Danielle Armstrong’s recent pregnancy announcement is understood to have been sooner than she had wanted to share her news. But when you are in the public eye or around people every day, it can be a lot harder to conceal a pregnancy."
She added: "The pressure that comes with announcing a pregnancy sooner than you wanted to can feel overwhelming and frustrating.
"If you find yourself in this position, you can either accept that the news is out for one reason or another and focus on the love and support people will want to give to you, or, you can point blank deny it and share the news when you are ready to do so, on your terms!"
Danielle announced her and Tom's news by sharing on Instagram: "Baby Edney No2… Oh We Can't Wait To Meet You.
"We are absolutely over the moon. That we will be adding another bubba to our family summer 2023. @tommyedney know Orla is going to be the most amazing Big Sister.”
And the star's bestie Ferne McCann – who is also expecting her second child – wrote in the comments: "Yayyyyyyyyy we are so excited. The best news.”
Danielle and Ferne's TOWIE pal James Argent wrote: “Congratulations to the pair of you," while Lauren Goodger said: "Ahhh congratulations darling !!! How exciting for you all.”
Before Christmas, Danielle exclusively chatted to OK! about her dreams to fall pregnant again.
"Even on our wedding day, people asked me, 'Are you going to be trying for another soon?' It’s always, 'When is the next?' We think next year would be a good time," she shared. “There’s a three-year gap between me and my sister, and I really liked that when we were growing up. Orla would absolutely love to be a big sister.”
The blonde beauty went on to speak about motherhood in detail, revealing she continues to enjoy watching Orla, two, grow up into a “little girl”.
"It’s basically a full-time job that you can never quit. Every day is an achievement," says Danielle.
"You do feel proud because you’re responsible for this tiny human."
She added: "She’s still a baby in my eyes. She’s two and a half, so she’s at the age now where she’s trying to put little sentences together. She’s becoming a little girl now.”
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