EMMERDALE'S Michelle Hardwick showed off her growing baby bump as she prepares to give birth to her second child.
The Emmerdale actress – who has played Vanessa Woodford in the ITV soap since 2012 – shared a sweet black and white photo of her blossoming bump and told fans: "Not long till we meet you baby girl."
Wearing a black bralette and a pair of jogging bottoms, Michelle, 46, starred adoringly at her bump as she cradled her stomach.
Her co-stars flooded the comment section with touching messages, with Amy Walsh writing: "Oh my GODDDDDDD this picture is beautiful."
Fiona Wade posted: "You look absolutely beautiful darling!!"
Natalie Ann Jamieson simply posted a series of heart emojis.
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Michelle and her wife Kate Brooks announced in July that they were expecting their second child together.
Later that month, the pair joined the The Loose Women panel to reveal the gender of their baby.
Wearing a floral maxi dress, Michelle showed off her perfectly growing baby bump at 23 weeks pregnant.
The soap star told the panel: "It's 23 weeks this week and it's seemed to have flown by, the first 12 weeks this time round…quite a bit of morning sickness.
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"So, with Teddy it was just a bit of quipping."
Michelle then opened up about the donor process and said: "We were at the clinic but we didn't know much about it and it, we did a little bit of research.
"It was as simple as what characteristics, like colour hair and we didn't know really…just as long as they're kind really and a lovely person.
"They sent through two donor CV's."
Kate added: "For us it was important that they [the donor] was very kind, intelligent, just good family values and the guy we chose had all those attributes."
Michelle explained that the donor is willing to meet the kids when they are old enough.
The couple were thrilled to share the gender news live on-air and revealed: "So baby number two is…a little girl."
Michelle and Kate already share son Teddy, who was born in October 2020.
The actress had hinted at expanding her brood in May – asked about having more children, she said: "Oh, that would be amazing.
“We’d definitely love Teddy to have a brother or sister. And if we’re
lucky enough, fantastic – for him as well, not just for us."
Kate added: "We’re both from big, noisy families with a lot going on.
"There’s always a drama, always laughter. For Teddy to have a taste of
that would be amazing.
"Teddy loves playing with his cousins on both sides of the family. So, all being well, a little one might be on the cards."
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The couple tied the knot at Elvis’ Graceland mansion in Memphis in September 2019.
Michelle and Kate underwent IVF to have Teddy and found it was successful on their first try.
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