Alex Kingston endured seven emotional years of tears and "longing" as she battled to conceive her first child.

The ER star finally gave birth to daughter SALOME in March 2001 after undergoing fertility treatment with husband FLORIAN HAERTEL - but she admits it was agony watching all her friends fall pregnant as she indulged old myths in a bid to conceive herself.

Kingston says, "Other close friends had babies and I was thrilled for them, but I have to admit I envied them. I used to hug all my friends' babies tight. I was so desperate for a child of my own that I believed the old wives' tale that by holding other people's babies, it would help me fall pregnant.

"I would hand the babies back to their mothers and then go home and cry my eyes out with longing."

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