Jaws dropped across the nation earlier this week as it was revealed that groomer Maya Stepney was pregnant on Emmerdale.

Despite her shock appearance on the ITV soap as she cradled her stomach, bosses have confirmed that actress Louisa Clein won't be returning to reprise her role.

This has prompted many viewers to scratch their heads over the relevance of Maya being pregnant, with some convinced that Jacob could discover he will become a dad twice during the festive period.

However some fans are convinced that it could be linked to Bernice's exit, with Dr Liam Cavanagh discovering that he will be having a baby with her.

Bernice Blackstock will be leaving Emmerdale - despite being about to get married
Maya Stepney was revealed to be pregnant earlier this week

Actress Samantha Giles announced in September that she had quit the show after seven years of playing the beautician.

With her character Bernice's upcoming wedding to Liam, and the pair seemingly blissfully in love, fans are speculating that the pair could be torn apart after the doctor discovers he is a dad to Maya's baby.

Bernice and Liam (Jonny McPherson) are set to run into wedding trouble next week over a worrying call.

Bernice enjoys her hen party with her friends
But she receives some worrying news that could threaten the wedding

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As Bernice celebrates her hen party and a stripper turns up while she and her friends are dressed as nurses, she misses a number of calls on her phone.

Later, Bernice and Liam declare their feelings for each other at their stag and hen dos, but something goes very wrong.

Dee Dee receives a phone call and discovers something that puts the wedding in doubt...

*Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV, with additional episodes at 8pm on Thursdays