10/09/2014 11:18 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Pregnant Martine McCutcheon Reveals She's Gone Off Meat

Martine Mccutcheon

Martine McCutcheon says being pregnant has put her off meat.

The 38-year-old former EastEnders actress tweeted her 85,000 followers:

The Love Actually actress has also talked about her cravings for certain foods over the past month on Twitter, including 'garlic bread and lots of butter'.

Changes in food tastes are a common experience for pregnant women because their senses undergo dramatic changes as their baby grows.

The strong smell of coffee is one of the most common foodstuffs for pregnant mothers to go off.

But mums-to-be can also crave bizarre flavours – such as charcoal or grass – because their bodies are low in certain vitamins and minerals.

The most important thing, of course, is that the mum is healthy and happy –as Martine unquestionably is.

She recently said she'd longed for nothing more than to start a family with her husband, musician Jay McManus, 30.

And she admitted she'd almost resigned herself to being childless – until she finally became pregnant in May.

She said: "We'd always said that if we were fortunate to be blessed with a child, that would be wonderful, but we were very aware that it's not a given.

"As a woman in her late 30s who's experienced health problems, I thought I might have to accept that it wasn't a path my life was going to take, but it would have been a great sadness in our lives if that had been the case."

The baby - due on St Valentine's Day next year - is welcome news after McCutcheon's seven year fight against chronic fatigue syndrome and depression, which left her unable to work.

But now, she said: " Great things are starting to happen on the work front, but more than anything, expecting our baby boy has given us clarity about what matters."