Earlier this month, she revealed that she is expecting her second child with husband Tom Mairs, seven months after they welcomed a baby girl named Molly.
And now, Sam Quek has admitted that a previous tragic miscarriage which she endured, hinders her from experiencing ‘joy and elation’ while carrying her ‘surprise’ second baby.
The Question Of Sport panellist, 33, confessed that she ‘will worry for the whole pregnancy’ and ‘checks the tissue for blood’ every time she goes to the toilet.
Candid: Sam Quek, 33, has admitted that a previous miscarriage which she endured, hinders her from experiencing ‘joy and elation’ while carrying her ‘surprise’ second baby
The sports star explained that, while the pregnancy was a surprise, they ‘didn’t stop it happening, and although they started trying for a second baby after Sam’s six-week check following the birth of Molly, they just expected it to take longer to conceive.
Sam told OK! of her pregnancy news: ‘We were shocked but we’re so excited. But because of our previous experiences, I never like to get too excited until we’ve had our 12-week scan.’
The hockey player also admitted that she finds it difficult to relax while pregnant, after she previously experienced a miscarriage.
She confessed: ‘You just stop yourself getting too excited in case you get any disappointment. It’s sad because when you get pregnant you should have that joy and elation, like Tom does straight away, but even now I’m constantly worried.
Congratulations! The Question Of Sport star recently revealed that she’s expecting ‘surprise’ second baby – seven months after welcoming her first child (pictured in Feb 2020)
‘I will be for the whole pregnancy. Anything I feel, even if it’s just wind, I think, “Is everything OK?” Every time I go to the toilet, as a woman, if you’ve had a miscarriage, you will check the tissue for blood.
‘It will never go away and it’s just an unfortunate experience for people who have gone through it. But I think pregnancy is a miracle and part of me is so grateful it’s happened so easily this time.
The couple also revealed that they will be finding out the sex of the baby, so that they can be as prepared as possible.
The former hockey player – who is 17 weeks pregnant – also confessed that she’s hoping to give birth naturally, after being ‘disappointed’ at being unable to with first child Molly.
Baby mama: Sam’s due date with her second child is just two weeks after her daughter Molly (pictured) turns one on March 2
Earlier this month, Sam shared the joyous news of her pregnancy with OK! magazine, admitting the news came as a shock.
The couple also admitted that part of their decision to expand their family quickly also came down to losing a baby last year as they were worried it would take longer to fall pregnant.
At the beginning of 2020, Sam and Tom discovered they were five weeks pregnant after a year of trying to conceive. But five weeks later Sam miscarried.
‘I didn’t want to speak to anyone. I had guilt and shame that it was my fault,’ Sam previously said of the devastating time.
The former England hockey player then revealed that she was pregnant again in November 2019 and welcomed daughter Molly in March.
Cute couple: Sam admitted that the news came as a shock to herself and husband Tom Mairs
Sam and Tom married at Chester Racecourse in 2018 after getting engaged in June 2017 when Tom proposed during a holiday in Tenerife.
Before turning her hand to TV, Sam was an English former field hockey player, playing as a defender for both the England and Great Britain teams.
She won gold as part of the British team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The couple also discussed the impact Sam’s pregnancy could have on her career prospects.
Last year Sam and rugby star Ugo Monye were approached to take over from Matt Dawson and Phil Tuffnell as captains on Question Of Sport. Paddy McGuinness replaced Sue Barker as host.
Tom assured: ‘Question Of Sport couldn’t have been more supportive. Timing-wise, it could work really well if Sam is part of the next series as the baby would arrive before filming starts.’
For support & information for those affected by miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy call 01924 200799 or visit miscarriageassociation.org.uk.
Team player: Sam is a team captain on Question Of Sport alongside rugby player Ugo Monye while Paddy McGuinness serves as the host