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Stacey Solomon has opened up about the sad reason she can't take maternity leave after giving birth to her first child with boyfriend Joe Swash.
The Loose Women star revealed that because she is self-employed, she can't afford to take any time off after giving birth as if she's not working, she's not earning.
Speaking during an interview with Chris Evans on his Virgin Radio Breakfast Show, Stacey said: "I'm self-employed so if I don't work, I don't get paid."
"In this industry you can only earn while you're earning and it might be a situation that I have work now but in six months time I might not," she added. "I will carry on working."
The news will strike a chord with the millions of self-employed workers in the same boat, which accounts for around 15% of the population.
29-year-old Stacey is already mum to two sons, Zachary and Leighton, from previous relationships, while Joe has a son, Harry, from a previous relationship. This will be their first child together.
The pair have been sharing adorable Instagram posts with details of the pregnancy.
Joe was the first to announce the news on social media, sharing a photo of Stacey sleeping, and writing: "Have been driving myself mad thinking that she's bored senseless of me and can't stand to be awake for longer than 10 minutes of my company...
"So you can imagine my delight to find out that she still loves me and my company very much she's just been growing a baby.
"I can't begin to describe how happy we are to be able to share this wonderful news. We've been so blessed with 3 incredible children that we've had the privilege of raising and we are forever grateful to have the chance to become parents to another wonderful child.
"It's all very overwhelming and emotional and we couldn't be happier right now."
Stacey followed Joe's post with a picture of the ultrasound scan, writing simply: "Every time I go to write anything I sob so... what he said".
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