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Actress Emily Symons

IT WASN’T too long ago her beloved onscreen character Marilyn became a mum and now Home and Away star Emily Symons is about realise her own dream of motherhood.

The 45-year-old actress is now 15-weeks pregnant and will give birth to her first child in August, around her 46th birthday. But the soap star said getting here has been a real battle and said she’d almost given up hope of ever becoming a mum.

“I very much thought it couldn’t happen and I was too old,” Symons said.

“I thought it would be impossible but it isn’t. I’d given up really, I thought I had tried every avenue that was available to us. My ­advice is to not give up if you’re feeling a bit­ ­overwhelmed by the whole ­process.”

She said being pregnant hadn’t “really sunk in” yet.

“Obviously at my age, you have to wait a long time ­before you can tell anyone, so I’ve known for a while, but I haven’t been able to share,” she said.


Congratulations: Actress Emily Symons pictured at Greenwich.

Emily Symonds and Paul Jackson at the 2013 ARIA Awards.

Two failed attempts at IVF led her to split with husband Lorenzo Smith in 2005, and in 2012 Symons spoke of the heartbreaking realisation she may never be a mother.

“I spent a lot of my 30s being so anguished about not having a baby,” she said at the time.

“Then you realise life is ­really too short.

“When you spend a lot of time on a cancer ward, it makes the baby thing seem ­irrelevant. There’s a longing and a biological need to have a baby that I don’t think men have.

“But the flip side is IVF can take over your life. It gets to the point where you’re so desperate to have a baby, everything else falls by the wayside.”

Her partner Paul Jackson has three children — Tommy, Georgia and Grace — from a previous relationship and the couple went through more than one IVF cycle before ­Symons fell pregnant.

“It is very difficult when you are doing it because obviously there are only two results and only one of them is good,” she said.

“It is a waiting game and it is very gruelling on your emotions and your relationship. I am so ­inspired by what women go through to achieve their dream, to become pregnant and have a family, you’ve got to be prepared to do that stuff to get the baby.”

Symons said she would stay on the set of Home and Away through her pregnancy.

Just how her exciting personal news will impact on her Home and Away character she has played on and off for 26 years remains to be seen.

“I will just stand behind the coffee machine in the diner until it is time to take a break,” Symons said.


Congrats to the both of you.

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Congratulations to Emily and her partner. :)

Hopefully, if they're not going to make Marilyn pregnant like they did when Debra Lawrance fell pregnant, when the time comes for her to go on maternity leave, they won't give her a ridiculous storyline that means Marilyn and John split up or that she ends up doing something which Marilyn would never do.

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