Last week Cheryl caused a stir when she was photographed at an event in London sporting an umistakeable bump.
But the star, 33, and her other half Liam Payne, 23, are still yet to confirm or deny months of persistent baby speculation.
While some have questioned why she still hasn’t confirmed it, Kym Marsh says she understands why the former X Factor judge has chosen not to go public with the news.
The mum-of-three, who lost a son in 2009 after he was born prematurely, said pregnancy can be scary.
She said: “I know some people think she should just come out and say it, but pregnancy can be scary – take it from someone who knows more than most.
“Perhaps Cheryl hasn’t wanted to shout it from the rooftops and wants to keep it private.”
The Corrie star added to OK! magazine : “When you are in the public eye, people want to know about every bit of your life and it’s hard to keep things private.
“I think when Cheryl was pictured looking happy and proud with Liam last week, it was her way of letting people know.”
Cheryl was beaming when she stepped out with Liam last week at Quintessentially Foundation’s St James’s Fayre.
“Cheryl said thank you when she was congratulated on the pregnancy and kept her hand proudly on her bump for most of the night,” an onlooker told The Sun at the time.
“She looked absolutely glowing and was clearly delighted. Liam was ultra-protective. At one point he had to get her a chair to sit down on as she was so exhausted from being on her feet.”
After social media went into meltdown over the unconfirmed news, a source revealed that while the star’s family have been told, she has “no plans” to announce it publicly.
“Cheryl has told close friends and family the very exciting news that she is expecting her first child,” said an insider.
“She is absolutely ecstatic. It’s something she has been trying for for years.”
“She doesn’t want to speak publicly about it for a number of reasons, particularly due to some of the battles she has gone through in her personal life in recent years,” a source added to The Sun.