Be my baby­mamma

Maya has given Ni­cole ev­ery­thing, now all that she’s ask­ing for is a tiny baby favour…

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Maya For­rester (Karla Mosley) is feel­ing broody, but when her de­lighted hus­band Rick (Ja­cob Young) re­veals that he’s al­ready look­ing into adop­tion on Wed­nes­day 2 Novem­ber, she re­veals that she has some­thing else in mind – a baby with the For­rester-Avant blood­line. And be­fore any­one has a chance to breathe, Maya “pops the ques­tion” to the woman she wants to be her kids’ bi­o­log­i­cal mother: her younger sis­ter Ni­cole (Reign Ed­wards). Woah there, lady! Bor­row­ing your sis­ter’s re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem is a lit­tle more se­ri­ous than just drop­ping by for a dress and some shoes.

KID vs CA­REER

Ni­cole started mod­el­ling at For­rester just a few months back after drop­ping out of col­lege and she’s only just get­ting her foot in the door in LA’s su­per­com­pet­i­tive fash­ion in­dus­try. “If I was faced with this pres­sure, I’d be go­ing crazy,” ad­mits Reign. “Ni­cole has just the dat­ing pool too – she’s ac­tu­ally still a virgin. And she’s in a brand-new re­la­tion­ship with her sweet­heart Zende For­rester (Rome Flynn). “On one hand, she’s think­ing, ‘If Zende loves me, he should wait’. But she’s also wor­ried about the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion. She can’t help but won­der, ‘How will this guy feel watch­ing me carry an­other man’s child?’” ex­plains Reign. Maya is ask­ing Ni­cole to put ev­ery­thing on the line – to risk what be­ing preg­nant will do to her body, what tak­ing a time-out will do to her ca­reer and how the preg­nancy will af­fect her phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with Zende. But it’s not just Ni­cole who’s tak­ing a risk…

COULD SHE GIVE UP THE BABY?

Ni­cole’s is­sues aside, Maya would be tak­ing a huge risk too, be­cause Ni­cole might not have the emo­tional ma­tu­rity to give that baby to her sis­ter once she’s car­ried it around for nine months. And “un­like other sur­ro­gates who de­liver the baby and walk away, Ni­cole will be liv­ing in the same house with Maya, Rick and the baby. This is a lot to lay on some­one as young and vul­ner­a­ble as Ni­cole,” Reign points out. “It’s a re­ally big thing to do and it also de­pends where you’re at in your life. Right now, I feel like I’m the type of per­son who would get re­ally at­tached.” On Mon­day 7 Novem­ber, Rick’s mom Brooke (Kather­ine Kelly Lang) gently tries to make Ni­cole see what it would mean to have to give up her baby. And Maya’s fer­til­ity spe­cial­ist Dr March (Kate Orsini) gives her the same sort of warn­ing on Tues­day 8 Novem­ber.

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