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I never planned to be an older mum, I waited for Mr Right

TV presenter Pamela Flood is preparing for the arrival of her first child any day now -- and is a week overdue.

The Diary can reveal how she was due to give birth last Friday and is now praying she will go into labour before the weekend.

Her partner, restaurateur Ronan Ryan, is also on tenterhooks.

Pamela (39) is said to be keen to let nature take its course, however, and is hoping she will not need to be induced.

She worked right up until last month presenting the National Lottery's draw on RTE and is extremely excited at the prospect of becoming a mother for the first time.

"Pamela has been ready to go since last week so naturally she's very anxious to get the show on the road now," said a close pal.

"Ronan has taken the week off work from Town Bar and Grill and they're both really excited that the big moment is nearly here. They have the baby names all picked out and can't wait to find out whether it's a boy or a girl.

"She had a bit of a send-off from RTE before finishing up for her maternity leave and was presented with a lovely gift from her colleagues

"Everyone's been really supportive and she seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process," they added.

Dublin beauty Pamela, who will turn 40 in July, recently spoke of how she had never planned to be an older mother.

Instead she says that she was reluctant to bring a child into the world before she had met the right man.

"I certainly wouldn't have left it this late by choice, I was ready five or six years ago, but I wanted it to be right, with the right person," the former Off The Rails presenter said. "It wasn't, as some people assume, that I was really career-oriented and didn't have time for babies. It wasn't like that at all.

"Another lovely element is that my partner [Ronan] has a nine-year-old son and he's really looking forward to having a little brother or sister to play with. It's very cute."

The former Miss Ireland has gained a stone and a half during her pregnancy and insists she will be in no rush to shed the weight once the baby arrives.

The bubbly blonde says she avoided too much weight-gain by walking her dogs every day and swimming regularly in order to strengthen her back, which she has previously had problems with.

Foodie

"I've never been that driven to be thin," she said. "I'm a foodie, I love my food and my wine, so I'm going to take my time and not be overly concerned with it. Let's just say I won't be killing myself by hiring a personal trainer or anything like that.

"I can't wait. I've done the nightclub thing and the going-out thing, and I feel ready for this now.

"It's a lovely thought, the idea that I'll have my own little bundle," she added.