EastEnders star Kellie Bright has announced she's set to become a mum again.
Kellie, who plays Linda Carter on the show, underwent IVF from a frozen embryo to conceive her third child.
Kellie and her husband Paul Stoker already have two sons, 9-year-old Freddie and 4-year-old Gene. Gene was also conceived from IVF.
Following the process, Kellie and Paul froze three extra embryos, and had two failed attempts to conceive last year.
Speaking to OK! magazine, she said: "I want to be open and honest about this, because I think it's important for younger women to understand.
"It's important for women to know that, yes, you can have children in your forties and, yes, you can be lucky and do it naturally. But for a lot of us it doesn't work that way, so I wouldn't suggest leaving it late by choice."
Speaking of her fertility journey, she continued: "To set the scene, I really struggled getting pregnant with my second child.
"I was 34 when we naturally conceived Freddy but we couldn't get pregnant again. We tried for a long time and we got to a point, around the time I was doing Strictly, where we started to investigate IVF.
"I was 39 by this point and we went for it. It was successful. We managed to get four good, strong embryos. One became Gene, the other three went into the freezer."
Kellie said she officially started her journey to conceive again in September, but the first two embryos didn't work.
"So this baby inside me now was the last one we had – the last chance of a pregnancy, because at 44 we were not going through IVF again," she said. "I believe it was meant to be."
Speaking about the moment she had a positive pregnancy test, she added: "I was so shocked and thrilled, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
"I ran downstairs to Paul. I just stood crying – really crying – and he couldn't understand a word I was saying! It took my breath away.
"I knew it was my last chance, so the fact it was a positive was so unbelievably wonderful. A truly wonderful, crazy life moment."
EastEnders airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.
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