GEMMA Atkinson has said her boobs look like the "the Mitchell brothers" after she gained two stone during her pregnancy so far.
The former Emmerdale actress, who is expecting her first child with Gorka Marquez, revealed her breasts have grown so much they now resemble the follicly-challenged fictional siblings Grant and Phil Mitchell, who are played by Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden in EastEnders.
Sharing a picture of herself before and after her pregnancy, she told her fans:"70kg vs 85kg. Softer arms, puffier face, bigger ass and thighs, bigger belly, uterus, placenta, water retention, huge rise in estrogen meaning more cellulite and lets be honest, my boobs are like the Mitchell brothers ALL of the above means my body is working to grow my baby and I couldn’t be more proud of it (sic)"
The 34-year-old star is a self-confessed gym bunny and admits she has been "fed up" being unable lift heavy weights at times during her pregnancy.
She has advised others who feel the same to remind themselves it is "temporary" and their main focus should be on their impending bundles of joy.
"From the minute you are carrying your baby (for me anyway) EVERYTHING became about my baby," she continued.
"Not my appearance. I wanted / still want them to be as strong and as healthy as possible. So if that means for the time being me as the “carrier” gains weight then so what?! I can lose it in time."
The star – who shot to fame as Lisa Hunter on Hollyoaks, and also starred as Carly Hope in Emmerdale – has encouraged ladies "currently struggling" with pregnancy changes to "soldier on" because it will "all be worth it".
She remarked: "Me being pregnant is the reason I look so different to how I “normally look” Me being a mum WONT be the reason I don’t get back to it and feeling as good again.
“Don’t let it be yours either! Woman are incredibly strong, the last 9 months I’ve learnt that even more so. We got this. So to the ladies currently struggling with the changes soldier on. It’ll all be worth it when little man or little lady arrives knowing their mum is a total warrior woman (sic)"
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