Pregnant Countdown star Rachel Riley has revealed that stress caused by abuse from trolls caused her unborn baby to stop moving in the womb.
The clever blonde beauty has been bombarded with nasty comments on social media after she endorsed a BBC Panarama documentary, criticising the labour party over the way it dealt with anti-Semitism complaints.
The 33-year-old expectant mum said she was forced to block trolls on Twitter after she stopped feeling her baby ‘wriggling’ for two days.
Speaking out about the abuse on the Trolled podcast with former EastEnders star Tracy-Ann Oberman, Rachel explained: ‘I was very stressed and upset for a couple of days and my baby stopped wriggling for a couple of days.
‘So at that point, it’s like, “You know what, nah”. It’s not worth the hormones.
‘I’ve now changed most of my Twitter settings as you don’t need to see them.
‘They’re not after proper debate. They’re not after their minds changing. They’re not doing it for virtuous reasons, so I block them.’
Rachel, who is married to her former Strictly Come Dancing partner, Pasha Kovalev, also told The Sun: ‘I found out I was pregnant in April and that was around the time of the Boycott Rachel Riley campaign.
‘They had a petition to have me silenced but I was like, “What are you on about?”
‘Mentally, I am strong. Mentally, I can cope. I am up for this fight. It is imperative that we win.’
Detailing the moment things spiralled, she continued: ‘The week of the Panorama documentary it got really f*****g ugly. It was disgusting.’
Oxford University maths graduate Rachel rose to fame when she landed the job of Countdown wiz, replacing Carol Vorderman in 2009 when she was just 22-years-old. She explained how social media was a positive tool in her career back then, before the trolling began.