regnancy’s not easy for anyone, and poor Shell has even more to contend with than stretch marks, swollen ankles and constipation. Ever since she discovered that Jim Mcdonald has the genetic condition, myotonic dystrophy (so he has), she’s been fretting about what this means for her and Steve’s unborn child.
Fearing for the future, this week she considers having a termination – something Amy finds out about when her stepmum leaves her ipad around. Yep, that old chestnut again.
Until now, Amy’s had no idea that she has a brother or sister on
PThe secret’s out:
Liz tells Amy that Michelle’s pregnant Michelle reassures Amy she will have the baby
the way, but then Liz opens her big gob – much to Michelle’s fury.
The schoolgirl is over the moon, and helps Steve to build a cot (or should that be try to build a cot?). But Michelle struggles to share her excitement, and is so worried that she starts googling abortion clinics.
‘She doesn’t know what to do for the best,’ says Kym Marsh, who plays the bewildered barmaid. ‘She’s worried she might end up in a situation where her husband is ill and they have a child who’s also ill, and she really doesn’t know if she could cope.’
Amy’s shocked to realise what Michelle might be planning, and confides in Leanne and Robert. Leanne then warns Michelle about Amy’s discovery, and breaks down and admits she’s terrified that her baby will have MD. Unknown to Michelle, of course, Leanne’s in the same situation. This doesn’t make her a great candidate to offload on, but that’s okay because Michelle suddenly has a friend in Robert. Hmm, we’re sensing some future snogging action.
Adds Kym: ‘They’ve not seen eye to eye since the whole Carla thing, but he’s someone who’s calm and listens to her. He says she can be strong and deal with it.
‘He’s the opposite to Steve in that he can stand back and take stock of a situation. Steve just goes into panic mode.’
Buoyed by Robert’s words, Michelle reassures Amy that she’s going ahead with the pregnancy. Meanwhile,
Steve’s genetic counsellor then reveals the outcome of his test results. Will it be the news that Michelle and Leanne are hoping for?
Amy finds out that Michelle is considering a termination
Robert has words of comfort for a worried Michelle