She revealed in March that she was pregnant with her third “miracle” child after undergoing a frozen embryo transfer.
And Kellie Bright showed off her growing baby bump as she went out for a low-key dog walk in Hertfordshire on Wednesday.
The EastEnders actress, 44, looked happy and healthy as she wore a black strappy sundress for light exercise.
In the meantime: Pregnant EastEnders star Kellie Bright showed off her growing baby bump as she went out for a low-key dog walk in Hertfordshire on Wednesday
Bump in well: The actress, 44, looked happy and healthy as she wore a strappy black sundress for light exercise
Kellie – who is expecting the baby with husband Paul Stocker – has not been seen publicly since March shortly after her pregnancy was announced.
The blonde beauty – who plays Linda Carter in soap – completed her low-key look with black leather sandals and carried a green fabric bag over her shoulder.
She wore her light braids in a messy bun and opted not to wear makeup for the outing.
Meanwhile, her husband Paul was seen arriving on the set of EastEnders in Elstree in a casual ensemble.
Remain: Kellie – who is expecting a baby with husband Paul Stocker – has not been seen publicly since March shortly after her pregnancy was announced
Outside: Meanwhile, husband Paul was seen arriving on the set of EastEnders in Elstree in a casual ensemble
On Hold: Kellie is best known for her role as Linda Carter in EastEnders (photo from soap opera)
Her exit comes after Kellie hit back at criticism for having a baby at the age of 44, saying “no one would blink” if she was a man.
The star is expecting her third child with husband Paul after undergoing a frozen embryo transfer.
And speaking to OK! magazine, Kellie noted that her husband was several years younger than her, so he had the energy to chase after the kids.
Casual: The blonde beauty completed her understated look with black leather slip-on sandals and carried a green fabric bag over her shoulder
Radiant: She wore her light braids in a messy bun and chose not to wear makeup for the outing
Precautions: Paul made sure to put safety first and donned a face mask when stepping out on Wednesday
She said: “First of all, if I were a man having my third child at 44, no one would blink. Remember that my husband is much younger than me.
“He’s in his 30s so he’s always chasing kids which is great. We met when I was 31 and I didn’t want to jump right into having kids.
Kellie, who is also a mom to Freddy, nine, and Gene, four, said she would have finished having babies in her late 30s if she had been given the chance to plan for a perfect life.
Truth: Her exit comes after Kellie hit back at critics for having a baby at the age of 44, saying ‘no one would blink’ if she was a man
Busy: Kellie is also a mom to Freddy, nine, and Gene, four, and expecting her third child
She said, “But who chooses their life like that?” We had fertility issues that we weren’t expecting and just had to deal with it.
Kellie and Paul needed IVF treatment after struggling to get pregnant with their second child and having four “strong” embryos, one of which became Gene.
They then used the other three to try a third, with the first two not working, while they suffered bleeding with the last.
Although the bleeding left Kellie in tears, it ultimately didn’t affect the pregnancy.
Background: Kellie and Paul needed IVF treatment after struggling to get pregnant with their second child and having four ‘strong’ embryos, one of which became Gene
Here we go: Kellie was accompanied by the family dog as she went out near her house for a walk
Work: Paul – who is also an actor – was seen entering the studios in a sleek black car
Discreet: he wore a black and white striped t-shirt and light blue jeans for his day
Kellie admitted that she wouldn’t tell women to wait as late as she did before undergoing IVF, describing the experience as a ‘roller coaster’.
The soap opera star said she almost fell to the ground when she found out she was pregnant for the third time, saying she knew it was her ‘last chance’.
Talk to OK! magazine in January 2017 – two months after welcoming her second child Gene – Kellie admitted she was already planning to conceive a third.
She said: “I don’t feel ready to close the door to the maternity ward yet. But if we have another, it won’t be right away.
On motherhood, she added: “It’s such a cliché but it really is a love like no other. At that point, you feel like everything you need is in that room – aside from Freddy of course.
“I couldn’t believe in just seven hours that he had arrived and that my whole world had changed again. “
How does IVF work?
In vitro fertilization, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized egg inserted into her uterus to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally and a sperm and an egg are removed from their body and combined in the laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue normally.
The procedure can be performed using eggs and sperm from a couple or donors.
National Institute for Health and Excellent Care (NICE) guidelines recommend that IVF be offered as part of the NHS to women under 43 who are trying to conceive through regular, unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £ 3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures released in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says the success rates for women under 35 are around 29%, with the chances of cycle success decreasing with age.
Around eight million babies are believed to have been born due to IVF since the very first case, Britain’s Louise Brown, born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman being treated, as well as the cause of infertility (if known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF is generally not recommended for women over 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are considered too low.
Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29% for women under 35
23% for women aged 35 to 37
15% for women aged 38 to 39
9% for women aged 40 to 42
3% for women aged 43 to 44
2% for women over 44