Hollyoaks star Jessica Fox has revealed she’s expecting her first child with her husband Nicholas Willes.

The actress, 39, who is best known for playing Nancy Hayton in the Channel 4 soap, also opened up about her fertility journey, explaining she has previously suffered two miscarriages.

Jessica cosied up to Nicholas, who she tied the knot with in 2020, in the Instagram snaps along with a series of baby scans.

Congratulations! Hollyoaks star Jessica Fox has revealed she's expecting her first child with her husband Nicholas Willes

Congratulations! Hollyoaks star Jessica Fox has revealed she’s expecting her first child with her husband Nicholas Willes

The couple were all smiles as they donned matching hats with the words ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ written on them.

Jessica penned a lengthy caption, which she screenshotted and posted as a series of images, detailing her fertility journey.

She began by saying: ‘Nick and I have been on a rocky road to get to this point. Miscarriage is awful, there is no other word for it. It robs you of the future you had planned, your faith in your body, it’s isolating, lonely, frightening and nobody seems to talk about it. It’s incredibly painful, it’s pass out in your bathroom painful.

Sweet: Jessica cosied up to Nicholas, who she tied the knot with in 2020, in the Instagram snaps along with a series of baby scans

Sweet: Jessica cosied up to Nicholas, who she tied the knot with in 2020, in the Instagram snaps along with a series of baby scans

Jessica continued: ‘It takes away the joy and excitement when and if you choose (and are able) to get pregnant again. It’s replaced by anxiety, stress and more fear than I ever could have imaged.

‘Nick and I lost two babies in 2021. Both losses were at the end of the first trimester and completely heartbreaking.

She then explained how tough it was when her Hollyoaks character became pregannt: ‘In a cruel twist of fate, when I got pregnant the second time, the character I play on Hollyoaks was pregnant too. On Twitter and Instagram I would see comments that I must be pregnant in real life. I looked pregnant almost straight away and I had started to put on weight.

‘I started to show at work, I felt very smug that I’d have the most realistic baby bump ever. Maybe my actual baby could play my child on screen? The wardrobe department, who are the kindest people on earth, were the only ones who knew I was expecting.

‘Then I lost the baby. On the Friday, I had a real bump, on the Monday I was putting on a fake one. It was every bit as horrific as it sounds. I tried to keep it a secret and get on with it. Sharing this on social media is not something I ever expected to do.’

Tough: The actress, 39, who is best known for playing Nancy Hayton in the Channel 4 soap, also opened up about her fertility journey, explaining she has previously suffered two miscarriages

Tough: The actress, 39, who is best known for playing Nancy Hayton in the Channel 4 soap, also opened up about her fertility journey, explaining she has previously suffered two miscarriages

She went on to say: ‘On my due date, at work, I was handed a beautiful tiny baby and I cried uncontrollably throughout the whole scene. The director, not knowing my situation must have thought I was fantastic – I was broken. My mental health was s**t.

‘I’d given up sleep, I’d developed a fear of driving, intrusive thoughts and we think a form of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). A holiday, meditation, the NHS and most important time, things improved massively and I hope they burned that bloody bump.

‘On holiday in Greece, I saw the most beautiful rainbow, I was pregnant by the time I got home.’

Jessica concluded by explaining she was getting help from the ‘miscarriage clinic’ to ensure her third pregnancy continues safely and confirmed: ‘At 20 weeks, our baby is healthy and growing. Due spring 2023.’

Jessica announced her engagement to Nicholas in November 2019 as she shared a snap of her sparkling engagement ring on Instagram.

The soap star captioned the post: ‘Be with someone you can be completely yourself with.

‘Someone who makes you want to be better, kinder, eat more fruit and veg. So of course I said ‘yes’.’ 

The couple secretly got married in October 2020 after their dream ‘planned wedding’ was postponed due to Covid-19.

Happy couple: The pair secretly got married in October 2020 after their dream 'planned wedding' was postponed due to Covid-19

Happy couple: The pair secretly got married in October 2020 after their dream ‘planned wedding’ was postponed due to Covid-19

On hold: Captioning the photos, Jessica seemingly revealed that they decided to tie the knot after their dream 'planned wedding' was postponed

On hold: Captioning the photos, Jessica seemingly revealed that they decided to tie the knot after their dream ‘planned wedding’ was postponed



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