This weekend's Pride of Britain Awards will provide a safe haven for couple Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez, who've been apart from each other for the last four weeks due to the latter's job on Strictly Come Dancing.

It's not long since they welcomed their second child together, a son named Thiago, and in a series of Instagram Stories the former Hollyoaks actress, 38, shared her excitement over what's to come later in the week.

"Today I have another final fitting for my Pride of Britain outfit with Ryan. I'm having my outfit made because he said, 'Gemma what size are you now?' I was like, 'I don't know, I've got one t*t bigger than the other still, my voice has gone back in but I've still got my pouch, my legs have shrank, I've still got my shoulders. I'm just a mess of sizes, I don't know…'" she told the camera from home.

"So he went, 'Don't worry, we'll get it made'. Bless him. It's dawned on me, the Pride of Britain is on Sunday, it's gonna be my first night out and my first night away since Thiago was born – he'll be 12 weeks. I know it has to happen but it's quite sad."

Gemma, who enjoyed an adorable baby date with new mum and Strictly alumnus Janette Manrara recently, went on to share with a grin: "I will be seeing Gorka, though, for the first time in four weeks, which will be nice.

"Should be good and I'll get a full night's sleep, which'll be even better! First full night's sleep in 12 weeks as well."

A month ago, she stopped by the Steph's Packed Lunch studio for a catch-up on all things Thiago, telling presenter Steph McGovern that professional dancer Gorka, 33, has only seen his newborn son "a few times".

"He's back in London. He was away for three weeks, and then he was home this Friday and Saturday, and he went back down yesterday," she said. "He's home at the weekend, but once the show starts, depending on where his partner is, he'll have to go [off again].

"When he was born, [Gorka] had a week at home with him, and since then he's had three weekends with him, and that's it."

Gemma also revealed that it's an annual habit to check out where Gorka's Strictly celebrity partners are based so she knows whether he'll be home after rehearsals.

"When he was dancing with Helen [Skelton], she was fabulous. They rehearsed in Penrith, but Helen said 'Look, I've got kids, I know you've got [firstborn daughter] Mia and how hard it is, let's meet halfway.' And they actually rehearsed in Preston, so he was home within about half an hour each night."

As for how the pair's exclusive baby shoot with OK! unfolded back in August, all you need is to do is follow this link to find out.

Strictly Come Dancing resumes this Saturday on BBC One.

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