Coronation Street‘s Cherylee Houston talks to Soaplife about Izzy’s baby news – and how she breaks it to Gary!

How long has Izzy known she’s pregnant?
“Only a day or so and it’s a shock. She has so many things going through her head, like can she physically do this with her disability?”

How does she bring up the subject of having a baby with Gary?
“They’re looking after Hope [Fiz’s daughter] and Joseph [Katy’s son] and I think Izzy’s immersing herself in it to test herself – and Gary – because she’s pregnant. Gary says it’s easier to lug sand about on a building site or fill in a skip in the rain than look after kids – and that’s not what Izzy wants to hear! She’s very scared as she’s thinking that she’s going to have to have the baby on her own.”

So she doesn’t tell Gary, she tells Fiz…
“She’s grown a lot closer to Fiz over the last year or so, particularly with Katy living with Fiz. They’re becoming just one big family. But Fiz is that little bit removed; if she had talked to Katy there would be that link to her dad.”

And Fiz encourages her to tell Gary…
“Fiz points out that however Gary takes the news, Izzy’s going to have to tell him, which is true. But Izzy’s very scared that he’s going to leave her. “

Will he?
“I think it will bring them closer together. I think they’re really connecting at the moment now, and they’re really looking out for each other and the pregnancy will bring them together as a family.”

If Gary doesn’t support her, what will Izzy do?
“I think she’ll go it alone. But she’s afraid there could be problems. Dr Carter does say that there is an increased chance of miscarriage because of her condition, but he also says it’s all fine too, as lots of people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome carry babies full term.”