Sam Quek is six months pregnant – less than a year after suffering a miscarriage

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Sam Quek arrives at the red carpet during the BT Sport Industry Awards 2018 at Battersea Evolution on April 26, 2018 in London, England. The BT Sport Industry Awards is the largest commercial sports awards in the world. Bringing together sports stars, celebrities, senior decision makers, influencers and global media, the industry's most anticipated night of the year celebrates the very best work from across the sector.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BT Sport Industry Awards)
Sam Quek has revealed that she is six months pregnant. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BT Sport Industry Awards)

Olympian and former I’m A Celebrity star Sam Quek is six months pregnant – less than a year after suffering a devastating miscarriage.

The former hockey star has spoken of her delight at the pregnancy, as well as opening up about the heartbreak she and husband Tom Mairs struggled with after losing a baby earlier in the year.

Speaking to OK! magazine, she said: "It’s been quite surreal because we’ve kept it private. Being able to talk about it, it now feels real. I’m really, really excited."

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Quek, 32, and property entrepreneur Mairs had been trying to conceive for a year when they discovered she was expecting at the beginning of 2020.

But tragedy struck when she suffered a miscarriage weeks later.

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Discussing the difficult period, Quek said: "I didn’t want to speak to anyone. I had guilt and shame that it was my fault.

"I was looking back at everything I did during pregnancy and replaying every single minute. I put it all on me and my body. But I never said that to Tom at the time."

She has since spoken of her happiness at the news on social media.

She tweeted her 180,000 followers to say: “I am delighted to (finally) announce that I am 6 months pregnant.

Sam Quek (right) with Tom Mairs (left) during Grand National Day of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Sam Quek and Tom Mairs during the Grand National in 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

“After a devastating miscarriage earlier this year, I kept the news very private. However I’m now in a place where I can talk about what happened in the hope my experience can help others.”

The couple met after a night out in their native Liverpool in 2013. They later married in a plush event at Chester Racecourse in 2018.

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Quek represented both England and Great Britain, playing field hockey as a defender. She was part of the GB team who won gold at the 2016 Olympics.

She has since enjoyed a career on television, taking part in reality TV shows such as I’m A Celeb and Celebrity Masterchef.

She has also presented TV and radio shows covering sports such as hockey, rugby and football.

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