PREGNANT Lauren Goodger has revealed she was convinced she was battling coronavirus when she couldn't taste her McDonald's meal.
The 34-year-old star, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Charles Drury told The Sun: "I couldn’t taste a thing.
"Not an inkling — and I know what McDonald’s tastes like, please believe me."
Lauren told The Sun: “I thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Covid, what if I lose the baby?’ It was terrifying.
“I was worried about my baby, I was worried I was going to get worse again and die.”
Lauren had been confined to bed with flu-like symptoms for two weeks in October when she first learned of her pregnancy.
Speaking from her Essex apartment, she said: “I spent a lot of time at home in bed recovering and eventually started to get better.
“Me and Charlie went food shopping on my first outing and we were hungry so we stopped at a drive-through McDonald’s.
“When the order arrived I couldn’t taste a thing, not an inkling — and I know what McDonald’s tastes like, please believe me.
“When we arrived home I said to Charlie, ‘I need to know’. I bit into a lemon and couldn’t even taste that.
“It was the same when I gargled with Listerine. If I’d been on I’m A Celeb I’d have won all the challenges.
“It wasn’t until then that I realised it was coronavirus. It was the weirdest experience — and what a waste of calories. I was fuming!”
For Lauren, who is due to give birth in July, the next few days were spent fretting about her unborn baby.
In an emotionally charged, hour-long interview she said: “It was such a worry. Even though I’d recovered from the worst of it, when my sense of smell went. You see all this terrifying coverage of Covid in the news and I was panicking.”
Doctors reassured Lauren that she would most likely recover from her symptoms and in November, after a couple of weeks, she regained her sense of smell.
Lauren applied to be tested for coronavirus online but wasn’t offered one because she didn’t have a temperature.
And while she was never tested for Covid-19, many of those closest to her tested positive and she had seen them before Essex was placed into Tier 2.
She added: “I’ll likely never be 100 per cent sure if it was coronavirus but it would be strange if it turned out to be something else.”
The reality TV favourite explained that she didn't plan to get pregnant but she and Charles were delighted when it happened.
She said: “We were having quite a lot of sex — what else is there to do right now?
“We didn’t plan it but it feels as if it was just meant to happen.
"We had spoken about kids and family and getting married and we were on the same page, even though it was a surprise.”
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