Apprentice star Jessica Cunningham proudly cradled her growing baby bump – a week after revealing her pregnancy joy after a heartbreaking 2017.
Former Celebrity Big Brother star Jessica revealed she is expecting a baby in an emotional social media post last week, two months after confirming she had suffered a devastating miscarriage.
And Jessica, mum to three daughters, was beaming with joy as she headed to the launch of the Protein Bakery in Manchester, supporting mum-of-four Laura Jackson’s new business.
Jessica, 30, headed to the launch at Artisan bar on Spinningfields with her boyfriend Alex Daw fresh from confirming their baby news on New Year’s Day.
Her growing baby bump was visible as she wore a pretty figure-hugging black dress for the event on Wednesday evening.
In a soul-bearing post on her mummy blog, Mothers of Maniacs, Jessica had revealed the miracle of her “little rainbow baby” on the way.
She told her followers how she: “felt instantly sick and panicky about having another miscarriage.”
She said: “That’s the thing with getting pregnant after a miscarriage. You are stopped from allowing yourself to fully enjoy those moments of excitement. In fact, it’s a bloody emotional rollercoaster of constant worry of losing the baby and excitement of having a baby.”
Jessica explained how emotional she felt when she heard the description of a “ rainbow baby ” – a term for babies born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. She had revealed in November on her blog that she had suffered a miscarriage.
Jessica said: “Over the past few months, it is safe to say we have had a bloody storm and we were in need of a rainbow. It made me stop and believe that this was our Rainbow. It made me question: “Did I have to lose that baby prior to help me to feel that a colourful and bright future is emerging from our recent darkness?” Maybe.
“I am a firm believer in the Power of the Universe, and at that moment it dawned on me that everything just needs time to make sense, we just need to trust in our journey and know that everything will work out. This was confirmed to me even more so when we found out that the due date is on Alex’s birthday.”
Jessica is already a mum to three daughters aged 6, 4 and 3 with her ex-partner Alistair Eccles.
The whole family had to come to terms with tragedy last year when Alistair was found hanged at his home in Burnley in August, aged 35.
Jessica shared the heartbreaking letter she wrote to her daughters about their dad’s death on her parenting website, and was praised by fans on Twitter for raising awareness of mental health issues by sharing the powerful message on World Mental Health Day.
Businesswoman Jessica starred in the 12th series of hit BBC show The Apprentice, and owns her own fashion company, Prodigal Fox.
She appeared in Celebrity Big Brother’s 19th series in January 2017 alongside stars including Calum Best, Coleen Nolan and Kim Woodburn.
Jessica told guests at the Protein Bakery launch on Wednesday night that she was “hooked” to the latest series of the reality show – and was enjoying watching as a fan rather than a housemate this time around!
She attended the launch alongside Real Housewives of Cheshire stars Lauren Simon and Leanne Brown on Wednesday night.