Dawn O'Porter announces she is expecting her second child with actor husband Chris O'Dowd

Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd are expecting their second child in 2017.

Author and journalist Dawn, who already has a two-year-old son named Art with Irish actor Chris, dropped the surprise on one of her podcasts this week.

She teased about living in 'a lot of elasticated trousers' as she turns 38 this year with a new baby and a book on the way.

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Expecting: Baby no2 is on the way for Dawn O'Porter and husband Chris O'Dowd (here together in October 2015)

'I am starting a new novel this week,' she said. 'I'm about to turn 38 and I am pregnant.

'So I'll be investing in a lot of elasticated trousers and dusting off all my old vintage tents, not unlike a lot of people in January.'

Dawn - nee Dawn Porter - and Chris met at her 30th birthday, eight years ago and married at typically fashionable venue, London's 33 Portland Place, in 2012.

On their first meeting, she told The Belfast Telegraph two years ago: 'I just fancied him. He's just a gorgeous guy. I feel absolutely adored by him.'

Expecting: Dawn teased her fans on a podcast by telling them that she was investing in 'a lot of elasticated trousers'

They welcomed a little boy named Art in January 2015, but Dawn says that being a working mum has given her the motivation to achieve more than ever. 

She continued: 'Being a working mum is really hard. This year I've had enormous support from Chris, and I've managed to do all the things that I've got to do, and I feel very, very lucky.

'Since I had Art I've achieved more than I ever had before, and I've also spent an awful lot of time with him. My guilt isn't 'is Art ok?', I just miss him when I'm at work.' 

Working hard: Chris is still best known for his part in Chaneel 4's The IT Crowd (left)

Hitting Hollywood: He also starred in Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig but he and Dawn met before his Hollywood break

Moviestar: Chris (here with Fionnula Flanagan and Colin Farrell in 2016) is an Irish comic

In her monthly column for Glamour magazine, she also said of parenting: 'I have to say, I love it. Art's given me a really lovely start. 

'It's hard work and bloody relentless, but he's a really nice baby. I feel very lucky to have a healthy child.

'I was very emotionally ready to be a mum, so by the time he flopped out - well, didn't quite flop out - I was raring to go. He's very cute.'

Though they rarely speak publicly about their son, Chris 'introduced' the child in February 2015 with a humorous hybrid picture featuring their most distinctive features as a couple. 

Baby joy: Dawn says that being a working mother is very hard, but she's achieved more since welcoming two-year-old Art than ever before

Joker: The couple have stayed quiet about their children, but this is the only 'picture' Chris has released of their son - joking about making an introduction in February 2015

He wrote: 'It's a boy! @hotpatooties & I would like to introduce Art O'Porter, our gorgeous baby. Well,I'm pretty sure he's ours'.  

Dawn is now due to write another boo, reminding her fans and loved ones that she'll be in a very sensitive place for here on out.  

She said on Instagram: 'I am about to crawl into another writing cave. A new book, a new deadline (the third Renee and Flo), a new roller coaster. 

'I'll come out for parental reasons, occasional party reasons, almost definitely my birthday reasons and possibly occasional breakdown reasons. 

'Other than that, the people who know me, know the drill... BACK OFF OR I'LL CRY AT YOU.'

Throwback: The couple met at her 30th birthday party (here in June 2008) and married in 2012




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