Actress Shannen Doherty has shot down rumours suggesting she's expecting her first child, blaming a burger binge for what the paparazzi alleged was a baby bump.

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star admitted earlier this year (12) that she is eager to become a mother, and had even started to pack on a few pounds in the hopes of boosting her chances of falling pregnant.

She told People magazine, "If I'm able to have a child because I'm a little fatter, then great! I feel a peace I've never felt before. Now I'm ready for the next chapter in my life."

It appeared Doherty's parenting dreams had come true when photos emerged on Tuesday (16Oct12), showing the actress with a slightly rounder belly, but she has taken to her page to dismiss the reports and blast gossip bloggers for spreading false rumours.

The 41 year old writes, "sad paparazzi & bad gossip sites, I'm a (U.S.) size 2, not sporting a baby bump. That's simply the hamburger I wolfed down 2 minutes prior. Pathetic".

Doherty wed photographer Kurt Iswarienko last year (Oct11).