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Jennifer Metcalfe relying on 'instinct' after skipping antenatal classes

Jennifer Metcalfe is also avoiding baby books and hasn't written a birthing plan.

Jennifer Metcalfe and her boyfriend Greg Lake are ignoring baby books and antenatal classes, preferring to rely on “instinct” for the birth of their first child.

The happy couple is just weeks away from welcoming their first tot into the world, five years after they first struck up a relationship. And while Hollyoaks actress Jennifer shares that quite the pro when it comes to changing nappies, former Geordie Shore star Greg hasn’t no baby experience, and neither feel the need to swot up on birthing wisdom before the big day arrives.

“He hasn’t read any baby books, either,” she told Reveal magazine. “Greg is the same as me – at one point we were both saying, ‘How do we do this? How do we do that?’ But I’m hoping we’ll know instinctively.”

Jennifer also revealed she hasn’t got a birthing plan and has skipped antenatal classes, instead preferring to put her trust in “mother nature”.

"There are some countries and societies where people can't go to classes, and they get on with it," she explained.

"I trust myself to just get on with it. I think the minute you start going, there's a plan, and plans are rubbish. Nine times out of 10, they go out of the window anyway."

Jennifer, 34, and Greg, 32, are planning to raise their child in the reality star’s hometown of Newcastle, though the soap actress insists she isn’t “scared” about moving from her native Liverpool, as her beau’s parents will be on hand to help and her own mum will be visiting a lot too.

The couple has decided to keep the gender of their unborn baby a secret and have a neutral-painted nursery ready, but as far as names go they’re only prepared for one sex.

“For a boy’s name, we’re sorted," Jennifer shared. "If the baby comes out and it’s a girl, we’ll have to get our thinking caps on."

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