AMBASSADOR for Wigan charity Joining Jack, Lucy-Jo Hudson admits she wishes she had started a family sooner.
The former Coronation Street actress, who met her husband, Alan Halsall, whilst on set, has told OK! magazine how her role in ITV’s Wild At Heart had delayed their plans.
She said: “Over the last year or two, we talked about starting a family, but we never felt the time was right - mostly because of me really. I was in Africa filming Wild At Heart and I can be out there for six months at a time.
“But ITV cancelled the show and as soon as I got back from Africa, that was it!”
She added that it only took a few weeks for her to fall pregnant and Alan made her take five tests as he couldn’t believe his luck!
Lucy-Jo added that she felt she was too young to be a mum, but wish she had done it sooner.
She said: “I always knew I would be pregnant at 30. It’s funny though, because you never feel your age. I always thought I was too young to be a mum.
“However, when my sister had a little girl, who is 10 months now, I started to feel broody,
“All of a sudden I was like, why have I been putting it on hold?
“We were always worrying about money, security and everything else, but as soon as we conceived, that pretty much went out the window. I’m sorry I waited so long.”
The 30-year-old said she would not rush to get back to work and is considering taking a year off,
She said: “I don’t want to miss anything, but I still want to be able to do what I love. It’s about finding a balance.
“My sister has just gone back to work after 10 months off and she said it’s nice because she misses having conversations with other adults. Of course she misses her baby while she’s at work, being away makes her time with her even more special.”
The couple are also regretful that Alan’s on-screen ‘dad’ Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth, was not around to share their good news.
Alan said: “He was like a dad to me, He was my best buddy and was someone I looked up to.
“I know he would be thrilled, He’d be buzzing, I know he would. It’s a shame he’ll never get to meet our little girl.
“I was lucky to have him in my life for so long, You’ll never find anyone with a bad word to say about Bill.”
Joining Jack charity was set up by Wigan Warriors star Andy Johnson, for his son Jack, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.