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How Bargain Hunt star Natasha Raskin Sharp kept pregnancy quiet

The television presenter has just welcomed her first baby

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Natasha Raskin Sharp has had a baby. (BBC)

Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip star Natasha Raskin Sharp has stunned fans by announcing she’s had a baby after keeping her pregnancy quiet.

The television presenter – who has been married to Joe Sharp, a producer on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, since 2016 - shared her lovely news on Instagram, along with a picture of her newborn’s hand.

“What a way to start the year - the last few days have been nothing short of immense,” said the star, who didn’t say whether the couple had welcomed a boy or a girl.

“I’ll be handing over my Thursday night @bbcradioscot duties to the excellent @ravisagoogram for a short spell - thanks, Ravi. Catch him from 10pm on @bbcsounds. In the meantime, there’ll be lots of new #bbcbargainhunt and @antiqueroadtrip action (filmed when baby was a mere bump). Back soon! X.”

What did fans say about the presenter's baby news?

The news was a surprise for fans, as Raskin Sharp had kept her pregnancy pretty quiet. Many remarked on how it came out of the blue as they flocked to social media to congratulate the TV star on becoming a mum.

“Omg didn’t even know you were pregnant,” one fan wrote on Instagram. “I watched Bargain Hunt, I missed something!!” said someone else, adding: “Huge congratulations.”

“You were hiding it well,” said another viewer, who predicted the new arrival would be “a beautiful baby”. “Ahh huge congratulations to you and your husband on such a beautiful baba - I have to say I never noticed your bump on any of your shows,” another fan said.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Natasha Raskin, views a unique Japanese vase made by renowned Japanese artist Kumeno Teitaro, sold for GBP £17,000 in McTears Asian Works of Art sale on July 30, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. The vase is an example of Teitaro's famous technique of transparent enamel applied over design in silver. The vase was previously part of Lord and Lady Wark's collection, and has been passed down over the years to the current owner, who has had it in his Glasgow home for some time.  Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Natasha Raskin Sharp is an antiques expert. (Getty Images)

“OMG that’s a nice surprise, well done, new lifestyle, good luck,” another chimed in.

A couple reckoned they had spotted that Raskin Sharp was expecting. “Hurrah!” said one. “And I can feel smug for having spotted the bump some time ago.”

How did Raskin Sharp keep pregnancy so quiet?

With so many fans saying they never noticed that the star was pregnant, how did she keep it off the radar?

Raskin Sharp did not make a big pregnancy announcement to share that she was having her first baby. Plus any of her shows that have recently aired may have been filmed before she was expecting or when she was early in her pregnancy.

She did say in her Instagram post that upcoming of episodes Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip coming up were "filmed when baby was a mere bump".

Her bump hasn’t been seen on Instagram either, with shots uploaded to her grid in the last few weeks mainly focusing on her face or on her dog, Bonnie.

She has also shared a couple of images that showed her sitting down in armchairs. But in one she had Bonnie in her lap, concealing her stomach, and in another she was reading a big book that covered her midsection.

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