Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden have had their hopes of a home birth dashed after the actress was diagnosed with a painful condition brought on by pregnancy.
The Emmerdale stars are expecting their third child together and Webb, 31, has developed symphysis pubis dysfuntion (SPD), which causes debilitating pain in his pelvis and back.
Webb, who is seven-months-pregnant told OK! magazine: "I still get waves of sickness but I’ve also been diagnosed with SPD. It’s when your muscles have relaxed too much ready for the birth. It’s agony.
"Matthew’s up for a home birth but I’d like to be in a hospital for the sake of my own anxiety, in case anything went wrong."
Webb - who has played Debbie Dingle in the ITV soap since 2002 - has been with Wolfenden, 39, since he joined the Dales as David Metcalfe in 2006.
The couple already have two sons - Buster, eight, and Bowie, three - and the new baby is due in July.
Webb revealed that Wolfenden would like to have “10 kids if he could”, but she admitted she was not finding pregnancy easy.
She confessed: "I’d be lying if I said I really enjoy the experience of getting bigger but I appreciate what my body is doing. I think pregnancy is amazing."
Despite being a real life couple for 13 years, their on-screen characters have never dated. And Webb and Wolfenden would prefer to keep it that way.
Wolfenden said: "They once told us they were considering it and we were the first to ring up and ask for it not to happen!
"It's too much - living with each other, working with each other and then being romantically linked in the show together. Also, they are characters who wouldn't suit,” Charley agreed.