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Exciting time: Rachel Latham and husband Harry can't wait to become parents

Exciting time: Rachel Latham and husband Harry can't wait to become parents

Happy couple: Rachel and Harry on their wedding day

Happy couple: Rachel and Harry on their wedding day

Marathon mum: Tanya Byers and daughter Bethany

Marathon mum: Tanya Byers and daughter Bethany

With husband Colin and children Bethany, Ethan and Rhys

With husband Colin and children Bethany, Ethan and Rhys

Exciting time: Rachel Latham and husband Harry can't wait to become parents

Mum-to-be Rachel Latham has spent her pregnancy fearful for the little boy she is carrying. Indeed, that she is going to become a mum is in itself a dream Rachel never dared hope possible after coming through four traumatic years being treated for pre-cancerous cells in her cervix.

A former fitness model who now works as a technical sales manager, she lives in Lisburn with her husband Harry (33), an animator.

Rachel (30), who is 25 weeks pregnant, admits to having brushed aside all her invitations for a smear test until she was 25.