Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan says working with Tina McIntyre’s newborn baby has put her off having kids!

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As fans of Coronation Street will know, in last night’s episode, we saw Tina McIntyre going into labour. She is of course carrying a baby for Gary Windass (Mikey North) and Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston).

However, while many of the cast members have been cooing over the newborn infant – Gary and Izzy are set to name the premature baby boy Jake – Michelle Keegan, who of course plays Tina, has been somewhat put off becoming a mum in real life.

Speaking to The Sun’s TV Biz, she explained, “I love babies, but working with a newborn has changed my outlook…

“I’m now thinking I’m not ready yet — give me a few more years.”

Michelle has of course had to wear a prosthetic ‘baby bump’ for the storyline, and she explained that seeing photos of her wearing it perturbed her family.

She said, “It freaked my family out. I remember sending my dad a picture of me in the mirror holding my belly — and saying: ‘Dad, I’ve got something to tell you… ’

“He texted back, saying: ‘Don’t be so stupid!’”

“I did not send a picture to Mark.”

And of how the plotline might affect her sex appeal – Michelle was of course voted Sexiest Female for the fifth year running at this year’s British Soap Awards – Michelle said, “When people watch the scenes of me giving birth I think they’ll look at me totally differently…

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“I was so nervous about the birth. When I found out I was going to be pregnant, that was the one thing I was dreading.

“I did lots of research, I spoke to a lot of women who gave birth and also I watched One Born Every Minute on the telly.”

Michelle added, “It took about two hours to film and we did it six times.

“I hope it’s that easy when I give birth — it was painless.”

We’ll see those scenes in this week’s episodes, but for now, here’s a look at Michelle on the red carpet at the BSAs…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.