Loose Women’s Lisa Riley has revealed she’s going to try for a baby, despite previously saying she never wanted to have children.
The 41-year-old actress told Daily Mail’s You magazine that she’s spoken with a fertility expert and is exploring the option of IVF after deciding she wants to start a family.
Lisa said there were many factors influencing her decision including falling in love and losing 12-stone.
She has always kept the identity of her boyfriend, who she’s been dating since 2014, firmly under wraps.
“I want to have IVF but I’m not going to put myself through a lot of stress if it doesn’t work,” she said.
“There are a lot of reasons why I want to have a baby: some to do with the fact I’ve saved myself by losing weight, but also that I’m in love for the first time in my life and he would like to have a baby if we can.
“I don’t just think about myself any more. If we were to have a child, that would be wonderful.”
Lisa has previously voiced concerns at conceiving a child naturally, as her mum died from cancer and she wouldn’t want any children to go through the pain she did if something was ever to happen to her.
She told The Mirror in 2013: “I can’t see myself ever becoming a mum. I wouldn’t want my child to endure the same agony I have endured since mum died of breast cancer.”
But on Loose Women last year, the actress revealed she was starting to have a change of heart.
“I’ve always said because of my mum and the cancer gene, I was very reluctant to have a child, but I’m lucky that over the last three years I feel I’ve met the right person and the person I would want to be the father of my child.”
Lisa revealed in her recent Honesty Diet book, serialised in The Mirror, that kids were the first thing on her mind when she came out of surgery following an op to remove loose skin after her weight loss.
She wrote: “I don’t know why I did it but the first question I asked before my surgery was, would I still be able to have children? Why did I ask that question? I wanted to know would the skin be able to stretch? Would the wound open up? I actually shocked myself.
“My gene pool is always going to be there, but I can’t be a ticking time bomb. What I can think is that I’m going to live my life to the fullest, and hopefully with what I’ve done I have added years to my life.
“By making huge changes I believe I’ve saved my own life, so it has eradicated that fear of dying.”
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