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Showing off her huge baby bump, Lauren Goodger was spotted leaving a friend's apartment in sunny Essex ahead of her due date next month.

The former TOWIE star, 34, was joined by her boyfriend Charles Drury, 23, who was seen opening the door for his heavily pregnant girlfriend and giving her an affectionate pat on the back.

The parents-to-be were then papped sharing a smooch in the street as they took a brief pause on the way to the carpark.

Lauren, who is expecting her first baby in a matter of weeks, appeared to be take a break as she walked in the heatwave as she grimaced under the hot June sunshine.

Heavily pregnant Lauren Goodger was spotted leaving a friend's apartment in Essex weeks before her due date
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The 34-year-old was accompanied by her doting boyfriend Charles Drury
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Clasping hold of her £ 1,190 Balenciaga handbag, the reality queen had to take a moment to hitch up the waistband of her nude midi skirt.

Lauren completed the chic maternity look with a long-sleeve crop top that flashed a glimpse of her baby bump.

The billowing ensemble bore a similarity to an outfit worn by fellow reality star Kim Kardashian when she was heavily pregnant with her first child North.

Kim was papped going to get ice cream in the revealing cream maxi dress which she sported with a pair of flat gold sandals, which Lauren also mirrored with her summery get-up.

Lauren appeared to struggle in the heat
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She took a moment to hitch up her skirt
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Lauren is preparing to welcome her first child, a baby girl, with her partner Charles Drury next month.

The pair announced they were expecting in January after five months together.

"This is where my life starts," Lauren told fans at the time.

After sharing her journey to motherhood over the last five months, Lauren revealed the pregnancy has been far from plain sailing as she had to rush to hospital at the six month mark.

The TOWIE star has been rocking some stylish maternitywear during her first pregnancy
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Her latest look was very similar to an outfit worn by Kim Kardashian during her first pregnancy
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The mum-to-be said she panicked when she couldn't feel her baby move so went to get checked out by the professionals.

While everything turned out to be OK with the baby, the stress of the hospital dash caused Lauren to suffer what she described as a 'three day panic attack.'

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"It’s scary because you don’t understand what’s going on and that’s why you think you’re dying," said Lauren.

‘"it just comes over, five minutes ago I could be chatting and doing my make-up and the next minute feeling funny," she told The Sun.

Loving boyfriend Charles gave Lauren an affectionate kiss on the head
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The pair locked lips as in the carpark as they headed back home
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As well as being plagued with anxiety about her baby, Lauren also revealed she was suffering with 'pregnancy lips'.

The star said she couldn't understand why her pout was expanding so rapidly as the weeks went by and took to Instagram to ask followers for advice.

She also spoke out to deny rumours that she was due to call her daughter Laulié after eagle-eyed fans spotted what they believed to be a clue on Instagram.

"Me and Charlie are starting our own clothing business called Laulié. At the moment we’re trying to find manufacturers abroad and are trying to get things up and running," Lauren revealed in her column for OK!

As well as preparing to expand her family, Lauren also revealed she had returned to work in her Essex salon last month as she shared snaps of her giving lip filler to clients.