How Stacey Solomon cleverly hid her pregnancy: From sweeping dresses to filming tricks

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Stacey Solomon has announced she is pregnant with her fourth child, her second baby with fiancé Joe Swash.

The star opened up about her pregnancy and shared a gorgeous video on her Instagram to tell her loyal followers that she was "growing another pickle."

Stacey managed to keep the news of her pregnancy a secret until her big reveal on June 9, but we have taken a look at the clever tricks the Loose Women panellist has used to keep her news to herself.

From floating dresses to filming upwards and taking social media breaks, Stacey's tricks are perfect if you're pregnant and don't want the world to know just yet.

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Sweeping dresses

Stacey has shared snaps of herself in gorgeous floaty dresses over the last few months. Recently, she covered up while on a trip to the beach with her dad and kids in a beautiful white number.

While on a date night with husband-to-be Joe, Stacey opted for an off-the shoulder sweeping mini dress in a lovely lilac colour. The dress is from her collection with In The Style, that the star has been promoting over the last few months.

Filming upwards

Stacey is always chatting to her fans on her Instagram stories, and lately the star has been filming upwards a lot. In a recent post, the mum-to-be told fans to do whatever makes them happy in a video that hit back at a troll who criticised her DIY work on her purple conservatory.

Social media breaks

Stacey isn't a stranger to taking the odd break from social media.

Recently, she told fans she was stepping back because she felt "so strange." She explained, ""Goodnight… I hope you're all ok. I feel so strange still. I'm going to put my phone in the drawer for a couple of days give you all a break… I hope you have a lovely Sunday and Monday. You deserve all the happiness in the world. Never forget it."

Cuddling her kids

Doting mum Stacey has been known to post snaps of herself cuddling her children. Her recent shots hugging youngest son Rex, two, tightly also acted as a handy way to cover her waist.

The mum of three shared behind the scenes moments from Rex's recent second birthday party and there were plenty of opportunities for cuddles with the adorable tot.

Clever costumes

Stacey continued her floaty approach to clothing with her recent costume outing. The star kept any hint of a pregnancy bump hidden under sweeping layers in this outfit.

Distracting props

As well as ruffles and floaty dresses, the Loose Women star has been spotted holding some well-placed props in front of her stomach. When her best pal, Mrs Hinch, came for a garden picnic, the pair were also seen covering up in blankets to keep out of the chill.

Stacey's delightful pregnancy news came as a surprise to fans. The "so grateful" mum-to-be shared the happy news with her millions of Instagram followers via an emotional pregnancy reveal.

But she explained it hadn't been an easy journey – with "quite a few" losses before she reached this point.

In a series of photos posted to her Instagram Story, Stacey first shared the news of her heartbreaking miscarriages, before posting video footage of the moment she finally underwent a successful scan.

The 31 year old first apologised for "being so quiet," but added: "We have something we are excited to share with you… I feel so nervous for so many reasons."

Stacey then put up a video of herself holding a pregnancy test, but told fans that, for a while, "it didn’t work."

She and fiancé Joe Swash then stopped trying, Stacey explained, with the couple deciding: "We are so lucky to already have our boys. It is the biggest privilege in life and we are so grateful to be parents so we stopped trying and counted ourselves so so so blessed already."

Stacey said she'd been "feeling yuck" for a while, but didn't like to think she was pregnant after their previous heartbreak.

The star added: “Yesterday we went to check what was going on… And we were so grateful to hear an extra heartbeat in my tummy.”

Stacey shared a black and white video of herself having an ultrasound, while continuing to say they "couldn’t believe it."

The star showed off a hint of baby bump in the scenes, where the baby's heart beat could be heard.

On her main Instagram feed, Stacey shared a photo of her ultrasound alongside the text: "We are growing another pickle. We’ve never felt so grateful… I have no words. We didn’t think we would get the chance.

"We love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love From Me, Joe, Harry, Zach, Leighton, Rex, and our little pickle."

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