Tina Malone is pregnant

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Shameless star Tina Malone

Tina Malone

Tina Malone announced this morning (16.05.13) she is five weeks pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment.

Tina Malone is pregnant.

The 50-year-old actress - who is known for her role as foul-mouthed Mimi Maguire in Channel 4 drama 'Shameless' - announced this morning (16.05.13) she is five weeks pregnant with her and husband Paul Chase's first child together after she underwent IVF treatment.

Speaking on ITV's 'This Morning', Tina - who was just 17 years old when she had daughter Danielle Malone - said: "I am pregnant. We are delighted.

"I think it's important that I'm much more healthy than I was 20 years ago. I've had ECGs, I've had blood tests, we've had everything done. And physically, mentally, emotionally, and even financially, believe it or not, I'm better than I have been for 20 years. And I've got the best man or partner I could ever have.

"I have a beautiful, wonderful talented daughter but it would be just so nice for us to have a baby. We realise it's early but it would just be so nice. But we are aware there can be pitfalls, we are only five weeks, and we're ready.

"The more relaxed you are with IVF and the more positive you are the better."

Tina admits the signs are there that she and Paul - who is 19 years her junior - could be proud parents to twins, and insists she would be "absolutely ecstatic" if she gave birth to a girl and a boy.

The actress - who was declared bankrupt in May 2012 - added: "I've got indigestion already, which indicates a girl, but I've also put about eight pounds round my back in four weeks so that indicates a boy.

"So fingers crossed we're having twins and it's a boy and a girl. I would be ecstatic, absolutely ecstatic. I would just write books and cook and bring my babies up."

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