Pregnant Hollyoaks star Rachel Adedeji looks glowing as she flaunts her bump in pink nightwear... as she prepares to welcome a 'Christmas baby' with husband Jason Finnegan

She happily announced that she will welcome her first child with husband Jason Finnegan into the world in December.

And former X Factor star Rachel Adedeji looked every inch the glowing mother-to-be as she flaunted her growing baby bump in a Closer magazine shoot.

The Hollyoaks actress, 26, beamed as she flaunted her figure in pink sleepwear before cosying up her husband of two years Jason. 

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Glowing: Former X Factor star Rachel Adedeji looked every inch the happy mother-to-be as she flaunted her growing baby bump in a Closer magazine shoot

Glowing: Former X Factor star Rachel Adedeji looked every inch the happy mother-to-be as she flaunted her growing baby bump in a Closer magazine shoot

The brunette beauty seemed utterly content and smiled serenely as she cradled her tummy in the sweet shoot.

Rachel - who shot to fame on The X Factor in 2009 - is due to give birth to her first child on December 27 and she and Jason  'can't wait.'

And she's been turning to her co-star and new mum Jennifer Metcalfe for advice, after successfully hiding her bump for six months.  

Posting a snap of Jason, who she married in 2015, fondly holding her bump, she announced her pregnancy, writing: 'We can't wait to be parents.'  

Parents-to-be; The Hollyoaks actress, 26, beamed as she cradled her bump with her husband of two years Jason

Parents-to-be; The Hollyoaks actress, 26, beamed as she cradled her bump with her husband of two years Jason

Sweet: She shared this snap from the shoot, writing: 'Delighted to say that Jason and I are expecting our first child! Baby Adedeji will be due 27th December'

Sweet: She shared this snap from the shoot, writing: 'Delighted to say that Jason and I are expecting our first child! Baby Adedeji will be due 27th December'

Wedding bells: X Factor 2009 star Rachel Adedeji has married her partner Jason Finegan in a romantic ceremony in Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire in 2015

Wedding bells: X Factor 2009 star Rachel Adedeji has married her partner Jason Finegan in a romantic ceremony in Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire in 2015

The brunette beauty portrays Lisa Loveday in the long-running Channel 4 soap and has praised the wardrobe team at 'Hollyoaks' for disguising her pregnancy so well on set. 

She explained: 'Lisa is a very vibrant character and doesn't wear many clothes! But the team has been brilliant in allowing new clothes to fit Lisa's personality. 

'Instead of hot pants and a bra, it's hot pants and a loose top!' 

Rachel has been relying on her co-star Jennifer Metcalfe - who gave birth to her first child Daye in June - for advice on motherhood and they're even planning a holiday together with their babies once Rachel has welcomed her little one into the world later this year. 

Mum to be: Former X Factor star Rachel Adedeji has announced she is six months pregnant, and revealed Hollyoaks co-star Jennifer Metcalfe has been giving her parenting advice

Mum to be: Former X Factor star Rachel Adedeji has announced she is six months pregnant, and revealed Hollyoaks co-star Jennifer Metcalfe has been giving her parenting advice

Talent: Rachel came ninth in the 2009 X Factor competition, seen here being comforted by mentor Danii Minogue

Talent: Rachel came ninth in the 2009 X Factor competition, seen here being comforted by mentor Danii Minogue

Loved up: Rachel - who placed ninth on the sixth series of the show - has documented her love story with Jason on her Instagram account  over the years

Loved up: Rachel - who placed ninth on the sixth series of the show - has documented her love story with Jason on her Instagram account  over the years

Big day nerves: The star took to Twitter to share her excitement at the time

Big day nerves: The star took to Twitter to share her excitement at the time

Speaking to Closer magazine, she explained: 'Jen has been amazing - I couldn't ask for a better friend. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I was like, 'Jen, what do I do?!' 

'She's an amazing mum and seeing her and Greg with Daye is just adorable. We've been talking about holidaying together once my baby arrives.' 

And clearly excited at the prospect of motherhood, Rachel said she feels 'ready' to be a mother. 

Speaking through talent agent Jason, she told told The Mirror: 'I feel ready to be a mummy.'

Making a splash: The happy couple celebrated the big day with a honeymoon in Indonesia last December

Making a splash: The happy couple celebrated the big day with a honeymoon in Indonesia last December

Back in the day: The beauty has come a long way since her debut on national TV as a fresh-faced 17-year-old

Back in the day: The beauty has come a long way since her debut on national TV as a fresh-faced 17-year-old

'I have great family and friends around me and I'm really looking forward to bringing a baby Adedeji into this world!'

Read the full interview in this week's issue of Closer, on sale now

Read the full interview in this week's issue of Closer, on sale now

And Jason added: 'We are both really excited, nervous of course but we both feel ready. A Christmas baby!'

Rachel tied the knot with her partner Jason back in 2015 in Buckinghamshire and took to her Twitter page just before she walked down the aisle to thank people for their wishes. 

She wrote at the time: 'Can't believe the day is finally here. In the next few hours I'll be a blushing bride. Thank you to everyone for your wishes. Xx (sic).' 

The star, who placed ninth in the competition, completed her look with a silver beaded belt and a matching tiara, looking every inch the princess. 

The happy couple celebrated the big day with a honeymoon in Indonesia last December.

Looking smitten as they cosied up for a series of social media snaps, they went on safari during the trip and visited an idyllic waterfall. 

Read the full interview in this week's issue of Closer, on sale now. 


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