EASTENDERS star Louisa Lytton has announced that she is pregnant with her first baby.
The 32-year-old actress shared the news with fans on Instagram in honour of Mother’s Day today.
She posted a video that began with the card that she got her own mum, which read: “Just a little note to say, there’s a baby on the way”.
It goes on to document her and fiancé Ben Bhanvra preparing to become parents – with Ben reading pregnancy books, and their pet pooch posing in a cute neckerchief that reads: “My parents are getting me a human.”
Louisa also shows off her growing baby bump, as well as a Mother’s Day card of her own – addressed to “a bloomin’ beautiful mum-to-be”.
Louisa captioned the sweet post: “Dear Mum, if I am a fraction of the mother you are, I know I’ll be the best.
“You have held my hand for 32 years, you have taught me right from wrong, corrected my spelling, and helped me see the light at the end of every single tunnel.
“And now you will guide me to becoming a mummy. (Just try not to move yourself in or Ben might leave 🤣) ❤️
“Happy Mother’s Day All, to those that are here, that are not with us in person but with us every moment and to those on a journey.”
She was inundated with supportive messages from fans, as well as her EastEnders co-stars.
Clair Norris wrote: “Congratulations!! This is adorable 😍❤️❤️”
Louisa and Ben’s happy news comes after they were forced to postpone their wedding twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They were initially supposed to tie the knot last summer, but delayed until this year – however, the actress recently admitted that 2022 might be more likely.
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The couple got engaged whilst on holiday in the Maldives in May 2019 and in September 2020 moved into a new home together.
Louisa’s pregnancy comes amid a difficult EastEnders storyline for her character Ruby – who pretended to be pregnant for weeks in a bid to keep husband Martin’s attention.
When she finally did fall pregnant, she miscarried – and Friday’s episode left viewers outraged when the cunning character had Martin’s ex Stacey charged with pushing her down the stairs, causing the miscarriage.
In truth, Ruby had lost the baby the previous day, meaning that it was nothing to do with the other character.