Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede has revealed she is “terrified” about her character’s upcoming scenes giving birth.

Her alter-ego Kirsty Soames is currently pregnant with partner Tyrone Dobbs’s (Alan Halsall) baby, and the actress is preparing to film the birth episode in a few weeks’ time.

“I’m going to make the most of the next few weeks which are quiet for me before the inevitable build up to the ‘birth scene’ – terrified isn’t the word!!” she wrote on the official soap’s website.

“It also serves as a reminder that we will soon be welcoming a baby into no. 9, which will present a new challenge for me as an actor.”

Natalie also admitted that the artificial baby bump has taken a while to get used to.

“There is a small part of me which doesn’t mind that the thermometer levels are miserable for June, as Kirsty is now heavily pregnant – so I am heavily padded up!!” she continued.

“Two very tightly fitting bodysuits, each with big cushions sewn in, worn one on top of the other, does not make for comfortable wearing when the sun is out!”