Kym Marsh has been allowed to begin maternity leave from Coronation Street early as she battles flu ahead of her baby's birth in April.
The actress, who plays Michelle Connor in the soap, is at home fighting the illness and programme bosses did not hesitate to allow her time off.
The 34-year-old is expecting a baby with fiance Jamie Lomas. The couple were left devastated when their son Archie died moments after his premature birth in February 2009.
Marsh took to Twitter to thank fans for their good wishes as she fights the flu. "Thank you so much for all your get well messages. Feeling a little better today," she told followers.
A Coronation Street spokesman confirmed Marsh had been allowed to start her leave earlier than usual given the circumstances of her previous pregnancy.