Presenter Alex Jones’ pregnancy journey, career and marriage

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The Welsh BBC One Show presenter Alex Jones on May 13th, 2019 at 2:21 am gave birth to baby Kit Thomson. The 42-year-old media personality added another member to the family much to the delight of hubby Charlie Thomson and their first born Teddy Thomson.

In a comment to friends and family Jones said, “We are now a family of four. People said it was going to be busy with two children and they weren’t joking.”

At first, she was a bit anxious, not sure how to introduce him to Teddy, but to her surprise, Teddy was very gentle and acted very much like an ideal big brother. What made her even more nervous was an expectation that Teddy had carried all along.

“But he thinks we’re naming him Thomas after Thomas the Tank Engine so breaking the news that he’s not is going to be tricky.” She said

On Instagram, the excited presenter said, “And then there were 4!!! Little kit Thomson arrived safely and very speedily last Monday at 2.21am weighing a healthy 7lbs 3.”

The journey through pregnancy is a scaring prospect that stirs up a chill in all, including the most courageous women. It is a natural process whose outcome can outwit the best medical intervention to satisfy its appetite for disaster.

Expressing her fears on an earlier podcast, Alex had said,

“Everybody has nerves about being a mum and being a parent,” “Pregnancy for any woman is a period of excitement, also slightly terrifying as you don’t know what to expect. Even with your second, it’s like: How am I going to do two?”

And so, as an expectant woman, what items should be on your checklist to ensure the safe arrival of your baby?

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  1. The journey begins with you taking a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant
  2. Identify a gynecologist or a major hospital to book your antenatal classes
  3. Start taking folic acid and other necessary supplements as directed by your gynecologist
  4. Claim free vegetables, fruits, and milk
  5. Don’t be lazy; stay active through relevant exercises
  6. Quit smoking, alcohol, or drugs just in case you use any.
  7. Once you establish the baby’s sex, start buying their items as early as possible
  8. Know all the benefits to which you are entitled
  9. Submit a  written notice to your employer 15 weeks before you go for leave
  10. Learn and be sure of all the signs of labor
  11. Make sure you know and get all the screening tests done
  12. Be well informed about your rights at work
  13. Identify and visit your maternity unit
  14. Eat healthily and be advised on which foods to avoid
  15. Claim your maternity allowance after the 26th week
  16. Come up with a birth plan
  17. Pack your bags
  18. Once you sense labor, call your midwife before leaving

Did you know that Alex Jones and Charlie never knew baby Kits gender until he was born?  Well, that’s true and quite interesting because most expecting couples usually seek to know the baby’s gender as soon as possible. And such anxiety is higher in couples who desire not to have more than two children and yet are keen on raising a boy and a girl.

The Welsh presenter officially announced her second pregnancy on the One Show on December 10th, 2018. Gently rubbing her hand on the belly, Alex joyfully announced, “Now, I’ve not been on the mince pies! There is a little baby – look.”

Later on, she shared a video on her Instagram, saying that they did not know the baby’s gender and hoped to let it remain that way until the birth.  That is what they had also done with Teddy’s pregnancy.

Alex Jones brief bio

Early life and career

Alex Jones was born to Mary and Alun Jones in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. Having gone through the Welsh language school, she is quite fluent in Welsh, but her first language was English. Jones trained as a ballet dancer at a young age and went on to study television, film, theatre at the  University of Wales, Aberystwyth.  She sat her final exam as she competed on the 1st series of Sky1 show Prickly Heat.

Her very first job as a presenter was for BBC Choice after which she joined S4C to present the programme Can I Gymru (A Song for Wales). Other shows that she presented include:

  • Children’s shows on S4C i.e., Hip neu Sgip and Salon
  • Travel show Tocyn (Ticket)
  • The extreme sports show Chwa,
  • Welsh-language rugby show Jonathan
  • She replaced Christine Bleakley on The One Show on July 25th, 2010
  • Co-host – Real Radio GMG
  • Co-presenter – Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in February 2011
  • Co-hosted -The Sport Relief Games Show since 2012
  • Presented Tumble the BBC One gymnastics competition series beginning August 9th, 2014
  • Presented Close Calls: On Camera for BBC One in 2015
  • In  September 2016 presented Alex Jones – Fertility and Me for BBC One- a one-off documentary

Dating and marriage

As earlier mentioned, Alex’s hubby is called Charlie Thomson, an insurance broker, and is originally from New Zealand. The couple first met at a party way back in 2011 and dated for about three years before tying the knot on the New Year’s Eve 2015 at the Cardiff Castle.

Charlie generally prefers to stay away from the public glare, and this is something Alex seems to approve of. In 2012 she was captured sharing how refreshing it felt to be married to someone doing something far from the media industry. “A lot of people think it’s better to be with someone who understands how it works, but this works for me.” She said.

Moreover, Alex says that Charlie is genuinely supportive of her career, so much that whenever she goes through a stressful day, he is always concerned enough to act in ways that help her find relief. “He’s just good at the practicalities and putting things into perspective. He’s so down to earth,” she said.

Whenever she works late, Charlie prepares her food and goes on to call to find out if she is safe. In one such phone call, he said “That’s enough training now, come home and get some sleep otherwise you’ll be useless tomorrow.”

Alex says Charlie is really good at making such observations and more often than not, he is right.

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