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Catherine Tyldesley reveals she works out an impressive amount while pregnant with second child

She announced last month that she is expecting her second child with her husband Tom Pitfield.

And with a little sister on the way for their six-year-old son Alfie, Catherine Tyldesley told MailOnline in a new interview that she’s trying to ‘think of what the baby needs’ when it comes to her diet and exercise regime in the lead-up to the little girl’s April arrival.

However, that hasn’t stopped the former Coronation Street actress, 38, from training hard, with the soon-to-be mother-of-two revealing: ‘I still train seven times a week and I keep my steps up.’

‘I’m listening to my body’: Pregnant Catherine Tyldesley has revealed she’s still working out seven days a week while expecting her second child 

Explaining that she’s ‘listening to her body more’ during her second pregnancy, Catherine told MailOnline: ‘Your body will let you know what you need.

‘My body was craving red meat all the time, and I don’t eat much red meat. I thought ”OK, baby must need iron”, so I looked for vegetables rich in iron and it seemed to work.’

Noting: ‘Your body always tells you what you need, it’s just tuning into that,’ the screen star also expressed the importance of staying active.

‘Obviously I’ve slowed down somewhat but I still train seven times a week and I keep my steps up. That’s important for mum and baby,’ she said.

Listening: Explaining that she's 'listening to her body more' during her second pregnancy, Catherine told MailOnline, 'Your body will let you know what you need' (pictured last year)

Listening: Explaining that she’s ‘listening to her body more’ during her second pregnancy, Catherine told MailOnline, ‘Your body will let you know what you need’ (pictured last year)

HOW MUCH EXERCISE IS SAFE? 

Advice for mums-to-be on the NHS Choices website says exercise is not dangerous for the baby and there is some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour.

Pregnant women are currently recommended to take 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day.

Research suggests that pregnant women who exercise for more than an hour a day are at greater risk of developing pre-eclampsia, a condition that can threaten mother and baby.

As for baby names for her daughter, Catherine admitted that despite having a few in mind, she and Tom want to wait until they meet their little one before anything is set in stone.

‘We’ve got a few, but I really want to wait to see their face. We’re gonna wait to meet her first and then make a decision.’

Catherine also told MailOnline that although little Alfie wasn’t too keen on the idea of being a big brother at first, he’s since come around.

Sweet: As for baby names, Catherine admitted despite having a few in mind, she and husband Tom Pitfield want to wait until they meet her (pictured at last month's Pride Of Britain Awards)

Sweet: As for baby names, Catherine admitted despite having a few in mind, she and husband Tom Pitfield want to wait until they meet her (pictured at last month’s Pride Of Britain Awards)

‘We were a bit nervous, because I remember asking him a while back ”would you like a brother or sister?” and his response was ”mummy I’d rather you didn’t”,’ she laughed.

‘We waited until after the 12 week scan to tell him and he took it really well. He was super excited and we were thrilled to bits.’

Returning to the importance of nutrition and diet, Catherine was quick to gush about her partnership with Symprove, the supplement that’s Catherine’s first step in maintaining a healthy gut balance.

Hilarious: Catherine also told MailOnline that although little Alfie (pictured) wasn't too keen on the idea of being a big brother at first, he's since come around

Hilarious: Catherine also told MailOnline that although little Alfie (pictured) wasn’t too keen on the idea of being a big brother at first, he’s since come around

Explaining that she has been taking the active bacteria-packed formula for nearly a decade, Catherine recalled a particularly terrible bout of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that left her hospitalised and on morphine.

‘I had really bad IBS, to the point where I was hospitalised a few times and actually put on morphine,’ she began.

‘The only way I can describe it is similar to labour pains, it was that bad. I started on Symprove and I was able to come off the medication I’d been taking for IBS. I’ve been taking Symprove ever since.’

Impressive: Catherine told MailOnline that she's trying to 'think of what the baby needs' when it comes to her diet and exercise regime

Impressive: Catherine told MailOnline that she’s trying to ‘think of what the baby needs’ when it comes to her diet and exercise regime

Ambassador: Catherine was quick to gush about her partnership with Symprove, the supplement that's Catherine's first step in maintaining a healthy gut balance

Ambassador: Catherine was quick to gush about her partnership with Symprove, the supplement that’s Catherine’s first step in maintaining a healthy gut balance

Elsewhere, the doting mother has been juggling a hectic schedule, with numerous projects in the pipeline, including an exciting ITV drama that she’d been forbidden from sharing too many details about, but did reveal it would hit screens in February.

Catherine added: ‘I’ve [also] just done a comedy and I’m currently filming All Star Musicals which I’m really excited about because I’ve wanted to do it for such a long time.’

As for how she avoids burnout, Catherine quipped: ‘I nip off to my trailer and have a little nana nap,’ before noting: ‘I love it, I love working.’

And when she’s not on screen herself, Catherine is likely watching one of the most popular shows on TV along with the rest of the nation.

When asked about Strictly Come Dancing, Catherine – who competed herself in 2019 – was quick to gush about the BBC Ballroom show, and even revealed who she was rooting for to win.

‘It’s got to be Johannes [Radebe, Catherine’s former professional partner].’

She went on: ‘I adore him, and I’m slightly biased, but I think John’s [Whaite, Johannes’ partner on this year’s show] outstanding.’

Catherine was quick to add: ‘I love Rose [Ayling-Ellis] as well. It’s a difficult year because everyone is brilliant.’

Symprove is available online via Symprove.com (£149.99 for 12-week supply, £79.00 for a 4-week supply or £49.99 on a monthly subscription). 

As for how she avoids burnout, Catherine quipped: 'I nip off to my trailer and have a little nana nap,' before noting: 'I love it, I love working'

 As for how she avoids burnout, Catherine quipped: ‘I nip off to my trailer and have a little nana nap,’ before noting: ‘I love it, I love working’


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