Updated: 21/10/2013 13:11 | By pa.press.net

Strictly's Boag expecting child

Erin Boag has announced she is pregnant

Erin Boag has announced she is pregnant

Erin Boag has announced she is pregnant

Strictly Come Dancing's Erin Boag has announced she is pregnant with her first child.

The 38-year-old professional dancer - who left the BBC show before the latest series began - announced on her blog that she and business executive husband Peter O'Dowd, 46, are to become parents.

Erin revealed: "There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... I'm truly excited and delighted to say... I'm pregnant!

"My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year. It's such a relief to be able to tell all. Another reason for being so quiet is that I have been battling with terrible morning sickness - I don't know why it's called "morning" sickness as I had it morning, noon and night!"

Erin promised she will honour her commitment to perform with professional partner Anton Du Beke in December.

She said: "Before baby arrives, amongst other things, Anton and I will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas with Anton and Erin's Christmas Cracker.

"I'm sure those gorgeous gowns might need a bit of letting-out by then!"

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