Stacey Solomon gives birth to her first daughter with fiancé Joe Swash

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Stacey Solomon has given birth to a baby girl and said "it was the best birthday present she could have wished for".

The former X Factor contestant shared the adorable news on Instagram that she had welcomed her second child with Joe Swash.

With a picture of a pink floral blanket, the TV star shared the happy news with her 4.7 million followers, adding: "So to my family on here.

"Yesterday I got the best birthday present I could have asked for."

It comes after speculation grew on Twitter that the Loose Women star had gone into labour on her birthday.

Many fans were convinced that the reason Stacey had been silent on social media over the past 24 hours was because she'd given birth – and they were right.

Stacey was last spotted on Instagram on Monday morning when she shared an adorable clip of her family waking her up to greet her with a few birthday treats.

Husband-to-be Joe Swash and sons Leighton, Zachary and Rex were all in tow to present her with a frosted cake.

Speaking camera the now mum-of-four said: "Had a lovely morning with these three in bed.

"We had to do the birthday candles about nine times for Rex. He loved blowing out my candles."

She added: "Then we sat and ate cake in bed and I'm already regretting the crumbs and cream situation.

"Joe did the school run, so now it's just me, Rex and my cake. Happy Monday."

Since then, Stacey has been usually quiet with no further update or documentation throughout the day which lead to widespread speculation on Twitter, that her little bundle of joy could have made an arrival on her special day.

One tweet read: "What if Stacey Solomon goes into labour!!!!"

Another joked: "By the time I get back on the gram Stacey Solomon's daughter will be swimming in their pool."

A third added: "Facebook and Instagram are down and all I can think is has Stacey Solomon gone into labour."

After her baby shower a few weeks back, Stacey told fans she'd been left "overwhelmed and emotional".

She previously gushed: "You are enough. There will always be someone out there who may make you feel a little less than you should, or that something about you isn’t good enough.

"But I promise you, you’ll always be perfect. The perfect you.

"Everything about you is who you are and that is more than enough. It always will be. No matter what the world leads you to believe. Never forget it. I love you to the moon and stars and back again."

Joe and Stacey welcomed their first child together in May 2019 and named him Rex Toby Francis Swash.

Stacey had her first son, 13-year-old Zachary, when she was 17 with her childhood sweetheart Dean Cox.

Four years later, Stacey welcomed eight-year-old Leighton with her ex-fiancé Aaron Barnham.

She is also a stepmother to Joe's son Harry, 13.

A proud Stacey has previously spoken about her and Joe's blended family.

"Seeing the way they are together reminds me that it’s all ok," she said.

"Families come in all shapes and sizes and what’s important is that the love is there no matter where it comes from.

"We are not a 'broken family' in any way shape or form we are an extended family. And everyone loves an extension."

During her final appearance on the ITV daytime show on August 6th, Stacey said: "I'm just so excited. I'm so glad we had the chance to have another baby so I can't wait.

"I feel like this will probably be the last time that we do it, do you know what I mean? So I just want to enjoy it," she continued.

Asked when she plans to return to the Loose Women line-up, Stacey revealed: "I will probably come back after Christmas, I reckon. I've never had a proper maternity leave."

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