Kerry Katona, 42, pictured in hospital as she reveals she's frozen embryos to have a baby with boyfriend Ryan, 33 | The Sun

KERRY Katona has revealed she's frozen her embryos to have a baby with her fiance Ryan Mahoney.

The 42-year-old, who is already a mum-of-five, has previously spoken about how much she would love to start a family with the fitness coach, 33.

Kerry and Ryan first started dating in 2018 and have made it clear they would love to have kids one day.

Just last year, she told Ulrika Jonsson in a chat for The Sun: "It would be selfish of me to have another child… But I would do it for Ryan. So I’m freezing my eggs and we will see what happens.”

The Atomic Kitten singer recently headed to one of the Pall Mall Medical clinics to start the process.

Kerry shared a selection of snaps from her appointment, including a picture of her ultrasound, her lying on a hospital bed, and her smiling with Dr Maiti.

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She told her 808k Instagram followers: "Sooooo last week we started the process of embryo freezing!!

"Happy to report I’ve got lots of eggs in my basket!

"Now @ryanmahoney_7 has a date with a cup and we go from there! @pallmallmedical and Dr Maiti have been absolutely amazing! Exciting times."

Egg freezing is exactly as it sounds – your eggs are cryogenically frozen to stop them from ageing.

What is egg freezing?

Women in the UK can get their eggs frozen, but the procedure can come at a price.

Egg freezing is not normally available on the NHS unless you are having medical treatment which could affect your fertility – for example cancer treatment.

Women who have been diagnosed with cancer or another condition of the womb often chose to freeze their eggs because treatment risks damaging the ovaries, which produce the eggs, permanently.

In order to retrieve eggs for freezing, a patient undergoes the same hormone-injection process as IVF.

That way, when it comes to the time that you want to start a family, patients don't have to worry about their egg count or quality.

The star is already mum to five children.

She shares Molly Marie, 21, and Lilly-Sue, 19, with ex Brian McFadden.

Heidi Elizabeth, 15, and Maxwell Mark, 14, are from her marriage to Mark Croft.

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Her youngest Dylan-Jorge Rose Kay, eight, from her relationship with George Kay.

Back in October Kerry revealed she's getting her eggs harvested so she can try for a sixth child with a surrogate.

She explained that she was to have a first child with Ryan – but has no desire to fall pregnant herself after she nearly died giving birth to her youngest Dylan-Jorge.

Speaking on Steph's Packed Lunch, she said: "We actually have an appointment tomorrow about getting my eggs harvested.

"That's the next step and that's as far as we're going – getting the eggs harvest and making sure they're all good."

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The procedure can see as many as 15 eggs harvested per cycle, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Once the eggs have been removed from the follicles within the ovaries, they are frozen for future use.

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