Pregnant Coronation Street star Samia Smith finds dead body

Real life drama for soap star as she discovers corpse in a van

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Heavily pregnant Samia Smith, 27, who plays downtrodden hairdresser Maria Connor in Coronation Street, has found that dramatic events can go beyond a TV script.

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After visiting relatives in Sale, Greater Manchester with her husband Matthew, the couple noticed a dog barking from inside a parked van. When they went to investigate, they made the gruesome discovery of a man’s body through the window.

The couple who are expecting their first baby together next month, were reportedly shocked and have refused to comment further.

Eight-month-pregnant Samia will no doubt have felt shocked by the discovery. Sudden extreme shocks to the body can rapidly increase your heart rate and blood pressure and so can be a health risk when you’re pregnant. In extreme cases, high levels of shock and stress can cause premature birth, low weight in babies and possibly asthma.

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For advice on how to have a healthy, stress-free pregnancy take a look at our guide.

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