*file photos* CASSIDY PREGNANT EASTENDERS actress NATALIE... - Sunday 20th September 2009

*file photos* CASSIDY PREGNANT EASTENDERS actress NATALIE CASSIDY is expecting her first child with her boyfriend of nine months. The soap star met transport manager Adam Cottrell at the Isle of Wight music festival last June and the pair moved in together a month later. The couple has been trying for a baby since November, and the former Strictly Come Dancing star is delighted at the news - because she suffers from polycystic ovaries and feared she would have problems conceiving. And Cassidy, who is 12 weeks pregnant, is adamant she won't care if fans poke fun at her weight before the baby is born. She tells OK! magazine, We haven't really gone public with our relationship, so I guess this will seem a bit sudden to some people. But it was a whirlwind romance for us too, I guess. We feel like we've known each other for ever. I can't get enough of chicken, mayonnaise and sweetcorn sandwiches! But I've been eating healthily - I've not been noshing down four cream cakes in one sitting and claiming I'm eating for two. My midwife says if you eat for six people you'll end up looking like six people. You really don't need to eat that much more when you're pregnant - even at eight months you only need an extra 300 calories a day. I hope people realise that I really do have better priorities than caring what they say about what I'm eating or wearing - I just want to concentrate on being a brilliant mum. I wanted children so much, it was a worry. I came off my contraception in November but I never thought I'd get pregnant that quickly! Natalie Cassidy and her boyfriend Adam Cottrell shopping at Waitrose London, England - 20.09.09 (3 images)

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