Jessica Brown Findlay flaunts her growing baby bump as she steps out with her husband Ziggy Heath

Pregnant Jessica Brown Findlay flaunts her growing baby bump in a denim dress as she heads to a London cafe with her husband Ziggy Heath

Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is preparing for her biggest role to date – as a real-life mother.

And the pregnant actress, 33, known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV’s hit period drama, was seen heading to a cafe in East London with her husband, Harlots actor Ziggy Heath, on Wednesday.

The couple, who married in a private ceremony in September 2020, co-ordinated their outfits, both opting to wear matching open-toe sandals.

Expecting: Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay was seen heading to a cafe in East London with her husband, Harlots actor Ziggy Heath 

Jessica flaunted her blossoming baby bump in a denim collared mini dress with puffed sleeves, which she styled with a black and white patterned vest.

She styled her brunette locks loosely in natural waves and shielded her eyes with a pair of oval sunglasses for the outing.

Her husband Ziggy kept it casual in black Adidas tracksuit bottoms and a grey T-shirt, worn underneath a burnt orange shirt.

He framed his face with a pair of square glasses and styled his dark locks in a slicked-back style.

Stylish: Jessica flaunted her blossoming baby bump in a denim collared mini dress with puffed sleeves, which she styled with a black and white patterned vest

Stylish: Jessica flaunted her blossoming baby bump in a denim collared mini dress with puffed sleeves, which she styled with a black and white patterned vest

Jessica kept her pregnancy under wraps until she unveiled her bump at the closing ceremony of Venice Film Festival in September.

Earlier this year, on International Women’s Day, she revealed she had undergone four rounds of IVF treatment in the hopes of having her first child.

In the post, Jessica shared a sped-up video of her injecting the hormones into her stomach, which typically increases the number of eggs produced by the ovaries.

The star shared an impassioned caption reminding her followers that ‘their bodies are not the enemy,’ while also revealing she’s on her fourth round of IVF treatment.

Congratulations! Jessica kept her pregnancy under wraps until she unveiled her bump at the closing ceremony of Venice Film Festival in September

Congratulations! Jessica kept her pregnancy under wraps until she unveiled her bump at the closing ceremony of Venice Film Festival in September

Stunning: The actress, who played Lady Sybil in the period drama, cradled her blossoming baby bump as she attended the closing ceremony of Venice International Film Festival Event: The Venice Film Festival is the world's oldest and was first founded in 1932, celebrating filmmaking from around the world

Stunning: The actress, who played Lady Sybil in the period drama, cradled her blossoming baby bump as she attended the closing ceremony of Venice International Film Festival

She wrote: ‘Happy International Women’s day! We do hard things and then go dancing x

‘IVF has made me even more aware of just how much women are capable of and what we can achieve whilst going through pain and heart break.

‘Your body is not the enemy. Love it. No matter what. Sending love and support to every woman I have ever met and all the ones I haven’t but know what this is.

‘I thoroughly recommend doing it all in Vintage Clothing. Love. Love. Love.’

Open: The actress married Ziggy in September 2020, after they met while filming the Hulu series Harlots in 2017 (pictured in January 2020)

Open: The actress married Ziggy in September 2020, after they met while filming the Hulu series Harlots in 2017 (pictured in January 2020)

In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant, and is typically used when a couple is unable to conceive naturally.

Typically women are asked to inject themselves with a follicle stimulating hormone to increase the number of eggs available to boost the chances of success. 

The sperm and egg are then removed from the bodies of a man and woman, before seing combined in a laboratory, and the embryo is then inserted back into the woman.

Jessica tied the knot with husband Ziggy in a low-key wedding in 2020 with just 30 guests in attendance due to Covid restrictions, three years after meeting on the Hulu drama Harlots.

How does IVF work?

In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.

It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.

Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.

The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.

People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of ÂŁ3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.

The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.

Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.

Chances of success

The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).

Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.

IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.

Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:

29 per cent for women under 35

23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37

15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39

9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42

3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44

2 per cent for women aged over 44

 

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