How Sam Faiers hid her pregnancy with baggy jumpers and clever Instagram tricks as she announces third baby

SAM Faiers has revealed she is expecting her third child with boyfriend Paul Knightley.

The 30-year-old's legion of fans have been convinced she was adding to her brood for some time – after spotting a difference in her social media posts.

Her recent holiday snaps from a trip to Dubai with children Paul, five, and three-year-old Rosie, really got her followers talking.

Fans initially commented on Sam's face, claiming that the former Towie star looked 'unrecognisable' and questioning why she looks different.

But her followers also noticed that all the pictures that feature Sam have the same thing in common: she's covering her tummy.

Clever placement

On a photo of Sam and Rosie laying on the beach, in which the little girl is sitting in front of her, one fan wrote: "I think there's a baby coming!" And another asked: "Strategically placed child….. are you pregnant?"

And in a family photo of the four of them posing outside a restaurant, Sam appeared to be hiding her tum behind little Paul and her white bag.

"When is the baby due?" A fan asked. "I have a feeling." And another simply questioned: "Pregnant?"

Baggy clothes

Another snap showed Sam posing with both Paul and Rosie, wearing a baggy brown shirt dress.

A few weeks later her fans noticed she was wearing a big oversized hoodie for a heartbreaking orphanage trip.

Fans couldn't help but speculate the outfit choice was for more than just comfort for travelling, and took to the comments sections to pry.

Once back home she shared a snap of herself in very loose lounge wear as she relaxed on the sofa with her family.

Baby news

Today Sam finally revealed the family's news by sharing a sweet black and white image of her alongside her boyfriend Paul Knightley and their two children.

Rosie and Paul are shown kissing her baby bump while the pair looked on smiling.

The star explained in the announcement that they would be keeping the child's gender under wraps.

Sam, famous for her Mummy Diaries series, wrote on Instagram: "Soon to be a family of 5 ❤️. We have a spring baby on the way ☺️🤰🏽

"We’re so happy and feeling blessed 🙏❤️ PS. Keeping this little one a surprise 💙💖?."

Sam previously opened up about her and Paul's plans for a third child during an episode of their series The Mummy Diaries, explaining that they were waiting until Rosie turned three and started nursery to have another one.

She said: "People that know us know that we've never been ones to send our kids to nursery, and look, I'm not against nursery at all, but when she is three I would definitely be looking to put her [Rosie] into a nursery… That's when we'll have another baby."

And Sam recently insisted she didn't want to wait to long to fall pregnant again, saying: "If a third baby comes along… we don't want too much of a big gap."

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