EASTENDERS star Louisa Lytton has shared a series of unseen photos from her pregnancy as she paid an emotional tribute to her newborn daughter.
The soap star – who plays Ruby Allen in the BBC One soap – shared throwback snaps from her pregnancy as she looked back on a life-changing 12 months.
The 32-year-old actress posted various baby bump snaps at different stages during her pregnancy.
In one photo, Louisa posed in black lace underwear and a matching bralet as she showed off her growing bump.
In another picture, she gave fans a close-up glimpse of her belly as her adorable dog Riley rested his head on her bump.
In a third snap she showed off her stomach from a view from a side.
Louisa, who shares baby girl Aura with fiancé Ben Bhanvra, also treated fans to some precious moments once their daughter had arrived.
The TV star posted a touching snap of doting father Ben enjoying a snooze alongside his little girl and pet pooch.
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The new dad couldn’t take his eyes off his new bundle of joy in another photo.
Meanwhile, Louisa finished off her post with a heartwarming picture of her daughter beaming.
Alongside the images, Louisa simply wrote: “2021..The year I grew you.
“Wishing you all a ❤️Happy New Year ❤️.”
Louisa’s fans flocked to comment on the moving post, with one writing: “The best thing ever ❤️⭐️🌍.”
Another posted: “Omg she is absolutely beautiful 😍.”
A third added: “She looks just like you!❤️.”
Louisa, who gave birth to a 6lb 5oz daughter in August, could not wait to celebrate Aura’s first Christmas.
The star shared her excitement about the big day on her Instagram stories.
Baby’s first Christmas
Louisa wrote over an image of colourful balls: “We are having our ‘Christmas morning’ tomorrow (as we won’t be home Xmas day) currently prepping like Aura knows what’s going on….
“Because I’ve waited for my first Christmas morning with my baby for a long time.”
She then showed how she was “matchy” with baby Aura in identical Chelsea Peers Christmas pyjamas.
“Even daddy got involved,” she wrote and shared a picture of fiancé Ben rocking the same PJs and entertaining Aura with one of her soft toys.
Even though the actress relished her first Christmas as a mum, she recently revealed she’s keen to have more kids.
She told the Sunday Mirror: “I’m an only child so I’ve said I’d like more than one. Ben has two siblings, so he’s always said three or four, although I don’t think that’s going to happen!”
But her fiancé Ben insisted: “We’d definitely like another one at some point but we’re not thinking about that just yet.”
Louisa was in labour for three days before having to have an emergency C-section.
Despite originally planning for a water birth, she was just relieved to have delivered her baby girl safely.
It followed a tough year for the couple who were forced to cancel their wedding twice due to coronavirus.
Looking to reschedule, Louisa said: “We want to get married next year. We’re planning to have the wedding abroad and we’re going to do something smaller than we originally planned.
“It will be different now she’s here. We’re a family now, so it might not be as wild as it was going to be. But we can’t wait to get married.”
Ben popped the question in the Maldives back in 2019 – but when they put their wedding on hold, the pair tried for a baby instead.