EastEnders actress Lacey Turner has announced she is pregnant with her second child.
The star and her husband Matt Kay, welcomed their daughter Dusty in July 2019 after suffering two miscarriages, and admitted to OK! Magazine this week that they ‘feel so lucky’ to have conceived again.
Lacey, 32, gushed that their happy news was a ‘miracle’, a day after it was reported she would be taking another extended break from BBC soap EastEnders.
Happy news: EastEnders actress Lacey Turner and husband Matt Kay have announced they are expecting their second child
Speaking to OK!, Lacey said: ‘We feel so lucky to be expecting our second baby, as it took so long to get Dusty.’
The star, who is 16 weeks pregnant, had two miscarriages before conceiving her daughter, 14 months.
‘It took so long with Dusty,’ explained Lacey. ‘But now they’re coming along like buses! After the heartbreak we went through, it’s a miracle to fall pregnant so quickly.’
Both of Lacey’s miscarriages happened at seven weeks and she admits it is a ‘huge relief’ to be further along the pregnancy and past the heartbreaking milestone.
‘Miracle’ baby: The star and her husband Matt Kay, welcomed their daughter Dusty in July 2019 after suffering two miscarriages
She admitted: ‘I still feel nervous but I think I always will. I got past seven weeks, then nine weeks, and so on. They’re all milestones. The 20-week mark is the point I feel like I can breathe a bit easier, as it’s the halfway point. Although I went straight onto progesterone as I think that helped last time.’
She added that she has been ‘reassured’ by having private scans every two weeks due to her previous losses.
On Sunday it was reported that Lacey is set to take a lengthy break from EastEnders just as her character Stacey Fowler has returned to Albert Square.
Off again: On Sunday it was reported that Lacey is set to take a lengthy break from EastEnders just as her character Stacey Fowler has returned to Albert Square
The TV star will be back on screens this week after she went on maternity leave for a year with her daughter Dusty, fourteen months.
According to the Daily Star, Lacey’s return will be a brief one as she will be off the soap again by the end of the year, with bosses currently plotting her temporary departure.
There will be plenty of time for fireworks during Lacey’s brief return though as Stacey will discover her estranged husband Martin Fowler [James Bye] is in a relationship with her best friend Ruby Allen [Louisa Lytton].
An insider said: ‘Lacey will be taking a break. The top bosses agreed to give her some time off from the show.
Expecting: Lacey was spotted running errands on Sunday, shortly after the news of her EastEnders break was announced
‘This is a great opportunity for the writers to come up with something big for Lacey to get her teeth into.’
The source added that Lacey will return to the soap within the year and there are no plans for her to permanently leave EastEnders.
Lacey was spotted running errands on Sunday, shortly after the news of her EastEnders break was announced.
She disguised any sign of a bump with a loose black t-shirt as she picked up some essentials from the shops.
Numb: In February Lacey bravely spoke out about her previous miscarriages during an interview on Loose Women
In February Lacey bravely spoke out about her previous miscarriages during an interview on Loose Women, admitting she ‘ignored’ the fact she was pregnant with Dusty as she felt ‘numb’ after suffering her two losses.
The actress refused to acknowledge her third pregnancy until she was 14 weeks along, and even then would not allow herself to get excited until she reached the 25 week mark.
Discussing getting pregnant for the third time, Lacey revealed: ‘It took us ages to get pregnant. I put so much pressure on myself to fall pregnant and it wasn’t happening.
‘It got to the point where I said to Matt, “Let’s just forget it. We’ll get a puppy.” As soon as we’d said that, we fell pregnant.’
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Sweet: Lacey and Matt recently celebrated little Dusty’s first birthday, sharing photos of her lavish present haul on Instagram