I lost 6 stone after ballooning to size 22 – I needed to stay alive for my son and not die, says Catherine Tyldesley

CATHERINE Tyldesley has revealed her dramatic weight loss was motivated by her desire to stay alive for her young son.

The actress, 38, lost six stone after reaching size 22 and being left gasping for breath performing basic activities like walking up stairs.

She told OK! magazine: "For me, the biggest motivation was staying alive. I was obese and we know that obesity is connected to mortality.

"I want to be on this earth for as long as possible because I love my life and then my little boy came along and even more so.

"I thought 'wow, I have a huge responsibility' and I want to run around after him and be here for him for as long as possible. That's my biggest drive – staying alive."

The former Coronation Street star is mum to son Alfie, six, and is pregnant with a baby girl.

She is continuing to train and keep an eye on her nutrition despite the tiredness and nausea she has faced.

Falling pregnant for a second time was an emotional experience for both Cath and husband Tom Pitfield.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Catherine said: "We feel so lucky. When we found out, I just burst into tears…

"Tom was in bits when we found out we are having a little girl. He has suddenly gone all mushy. I'm sure she will have him wrapped around her little finger."

The star went on to admit that she was "convinced" her body was "mimicking pregnancy" when she first started to experience symptoms as she has struggled with a hormonal balance that caused similar effects in the past.

She told the publication: "I took so many tests as I was convinced I wasn't actually pregnant, but in fact my body was just mimicking a pregnancy. So this time, even when my stomach was a bit swollen, I just thought: 'Oh hormonal imbalances again.'"

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