EASTENDERS' Louisa Lytton has revealed that she would "cry into her chips" because she felt so guilty about craving junk food in her early pregnancy stages.
The 32-year-old star announced that she and fiancé Ben Bhanvra are expecting their first baby in a sweet Mother's Day post at the weekend.
And having passed her first trimester, the Ruby Allen actress opened up about her experience – and it was entirely dominated by food.
Louisa admitted to hiding cheese to snack on while she was filming for the BBC One soap – and confessed that she'd dash to a fast food drive-thru just half an hour after tucking into a Sunday roast.
The mum-to-be shared a selection of snaps of her cravings, including pizza, McDonalds, and a hamburger.
Louisa captioned the post: "First trimester. I’ve never felt hunger like it. I think every 5-10 minutes in fact ? on average I think I ate 56 Mc Ds and 74 pizzas a week.
"I couldn’t stop. Poor Ben would make a whole roast dinner on a Sunday and I’d be queuing at a drive thru 30 minutes later. And CHEESE, I carried cathedral cheese bites around in my pocket at work to eat behind a set wall when no one was watching ?".
She went on to admit that she also suffered from sickness that she was only able to curb by tucking into salty ketchup.
The brunette beauty wrote: "The only way to describe it was a 24/7 7 day a week hangover. The only thing that would subside the sickness was salt and ketchup.
"Now I know I’m lucky I could stomach food, I know some people simply can’t? I felt such guilt, how could I give this baby such a terrible start.
"I’m out the other side now, and I wish I just relaxed a bit more and didn’t cry into every portion of chips. I’ve had a lot of people ask about my experience of the first few months, all I can think of is the UberEats man at the door.
"So I wanted to share and ask, PLEASE TELL ME I WAS NOT ALONE? Love you all, thanks SO much for the wonderful messages it really means a lot ❤️ ???? ?✅????"
Her celebrity followers were among the ones to comment their similar experiences, with Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer writing: "Definitely not alone!!! I lived off burgers throughout my whole pregnancy!!! Would take bags and bags of food everywhere I went ?xx"
And Louisa's EastEnders' castmate Ricky Champ's wife Sammy shared: "I was a vegetarian till I got pregnant then I just stuffed ALL the meat into my face constantly, and spicy food. I hated it before but the hotter the better! You’re not alone ❤️"
Louisa and Ben's happy pregnancy 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.
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 last week'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 Stacey.
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