Pregnant Danielle Lloyd says she would have had controversial gender selection treatment – Daily Mail

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Pregnant Danielle Lloyd has said that she would have had controversial gender selection treatment if her fifth child had been another boy.

The CBB star, 37, who luckily revealed she is expecting a daughter on Sunday, said that she has ‘made no secret of wanting a girl’. 

She shares sons Archie, 10, Harry, nine, and George, seven, with ex-husband Jamie O’Hara, and Ronnie, three, with husband Michael O’Neill. 

Honest: Danielle Lloyd has said that she would have gone ahead with controversial gender selection treatment in the future if her fifth child had been another boy

Honest: Danielle Lloyd has said that she would have gone ahead with controversial gender selection treatment in the future if her fifth child had been another boy

Honest: Danielle Lloyd has said that she would have gone ahead with controversial gender selection treatment in the future if her fifth child had been another boy

Danielle had been planning to fly to Dubai this summer for the procedure and in August 2019 revealed she had been to the Fakih IVF centre in UAE for a consultation.

The practice has been condemned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is illegal in Britain.   

Asked by New! magazine if she would have had the treatment had she found out she was expecting another boy this time around, she said: ‘Yes we would.’ 

She added that she would have still ‘been pleased’ if it had been a boy.

Family: She shares sons Archie, 10, Harry, nine, and George, seven, with ex-husband Jamie O’Hara, and Ronnie, three, with husband Michael O'Neill

Family: She shares sons Archie, 10, Harry, nine, and George, seven, with ex-husband Jamie O’Hara, and Ronnie, three, with husband Michael O'Neill

Family: She shares sons Archie, 10, Harry, nine, and George, seven, with ex-husband Jamie O’Hara, and Ronnie, three, with husband Michael O’Neill

The mother-of-four told the publication: ‘As long as the baby’s healthy, it’s still a child and still my baby at the end of the day.

‘We’d planned to go to Dubai in August for gender selection, so that was all booked to go ahead, but it looked like Covid was going to change all that.

‘It must have been fate that I got pregnant and that it’s a little girl, otherwise we’d be in Dubai paying for it.’ 

Sweet: Danielle is pictured while she was pregnant with son Ronnie

Sweet: Danielle is pictured while she was pregnant with son Ronnie

Sweet: Danielle is pictured while she was pregnant with son Ronnie

Danielle added that she and her husband booked a private gender scan and that she ‘had such bad anxiety’ in the run up due to her desire for a girl, but that she ‘burst into tears’ when she got the results. 

She also said that she had felt different during this pregnancy and had been trying to ‘manifest’ and ‘meditate’ so it would be a girl.  

Last year, the former glamour model revealed she’d put her plans to use controversial gender selection treatment on hold after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis.

Baby news: The CBB star, 37, who luckily revealed she is expecting a daughter on Sunday, said that she has 'made no secret of wanting a girl' (pictured with her four boys)

Baby news: The CBB star, 37, who luckily revealed she is expecting a daughter on Sunday, said that she has 'made no secret of wanting a girl' (pictured with her four boys)

Baby news: The CBB star, 37, who luckily revealed she is expecting a daughter on Sunday, said that she has ‘made no secret of wanting a girl’ (pictured with her four boys)

She admitted she ‘can’t think about having a baby at the moment’ but would ‘love a little girl’ during an appearance on Loose Women.  

Danielle also tragically suffered a miscarriage in 2019.

WHAT IS POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.

The three main features of PCOS are:

  • Irregular periods – which means the ovaries don’t regularly release eggs (ovulation). This can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant.
  • Excess androgen – high levels of ‘male hormones’ in the body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair.
  • Polycystic ovaries – the ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) which surround the eggs (it’s important to note that, despite the name, if you have PCOS you don’t actually have cysts).

Source: NHS Choices  

The media personality said at the time she would have to delay her hopes of having a daughter as she was set to undergo an operation to treat her conditions, which can affect a woman’s fertility.

She said: ‘I’ve just found out that I’ve got PCOS and endometriosis so I have to have an operation for that so can’t think about having another baby at the moment anyway. 

‘I’m in two minds, I’ve just got a puppy who is a little girl so she’s my baby at the moment. I would love a little girl but four boys is a lot.’ 

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus – the endometrium – grows outside the uterus, while PCOS is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.

In August 2019, Danielle revealed her sons were also keen to have a little sister and said she had been to Dubai’s gender selection clinic, the Fakih IVF centre.

The practice has been condemned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is illegal in Britain. 

The WHO says that sex selection raises ‘serious moral, legal, and social issues’ and can lead to the devaluation of women and gender imbalance.  

Danielle learnt that the treatment is accurate in 99 per cent of the cases in which a baby is successfully born and also started to investigate the possibility of arranging for a girl in Northern Cyprus, another state where it is legal.

After further questioning, however, the TV star and electrician Michael had previously settled on America, where they felt the overall safeguards would be stronger.

Once there, a number of her eggs would be harvested and fertilised, and then one or two of the resulting female embryos will be reimplanted in the mother’s womb. The rest will be stored for possible use in the future.   

Worry: Danielle added that she and her husband booked a private gender scan and that she 'had such bad anxiety' in the run up due to her desire for a girl

Worry: Danielle added that she and her husband booked a private gender scan and that she 'had such bad anxiety' in the run up due to her desire for a girl

Worry: Danielle added that she and her husband booked a private gender scan and that she ‘had such bad anxiety’ in the run up due to her desire for a girl

What is endometriosis? How the disorder results in pelvic pain and internal scarring

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus – the endometrium – grows outside the uterus.

It most commonly affects the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis.

The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain although many women also experience cramping during their menstrual cycle.

Symptoms also include painful periods, pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, inflammation, excessive bleeding and infertility. 

Often misdiagnosed, many women only discover they have the condition during infertility treatment.

Approximately half of women diagnosed with endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant.

While studies about the link between endometriosis and miscarriages are still ongoing, newer research suggests that the condition can leave sufferers at greater risk of having a miscarriage. 

Source: Mayo Clinic 

 

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