By Cara Dudgeon

11th October 2019

Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson wants people to be more mindful when they ask couples when they’re planning to start a family.

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The Hollyoaks actress admitted that while she doesn’t mind being open about wanting to be a mother one day, she knows for some people it can be painful because they could be struggling to conceive.

Writing in a guest column for Closer magazine, she said:

‘Personally, I don’t mind being asked and I do want to be a mum one day when I’m ready.

‘But in your mid-30s, you’re already aware your biological clock is ticking and for those who are desperately trying for a baby, it must be really hurtful to be constantly asked.

‘Also, not everyone wants kids, so that should be respected too’.

The 35-year-old star has been with her partner Greg Whitehurst for four years, and while she knows she wants to raise a family one day, she pointed out there are plenty of reasons for couples to want to wait until they are older.

She added:

‘The average age of a new mother is getting older every year, with one in five first-time mums now over the age of 35.

‘I’m surprised, as I know a lot of young mothers in their 20s and teens, but I can also understand it, as there are more options for people nowadays, like travelling and having fun before settling down, or wanting to get ahead in your career’.

Her comments come after Michelle Keegan admitted her mum Jackie has been asking her and husband Mark Wright when they are going to have children.

The 32-year-old actress recently said:

‘Not yet. Everyone always asks that question. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not getting any younger. My mum is on it as well. No plans yet, but we definitely do want children in the future’.

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