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Mother-of-four Danielle Lloyd has revealed she is expecting a baby girl, after years of discussing her desire for a daughter.
The CBB star, 37, who shares sons Archie, 10, Harry, nine, and George, seven, with ex-husband Jamie O’Hara, and Ronnie, three, with husband Michael O’Neill, announced in May that she was pregnant but discussed ‘the risk’ of having a boy.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, Danielle, who has been extremely candid about her desire to have a daughter and even debated undergoing gender selection, said: ‘I’m over the moon. I can’t really believe it, to be honest…
Happy days: Mother-of-four Danielle Lloyd has revealed she is expecting a baby girl, after years of discussing her desire for a daughter
‘I don’t think it will feel real until she arrives. We booked a private gender scan and I had such bad anxiety in the run-up. I’ve been through it four times and each time they’ve said it was a boy, so I was expecting them to say ‘boy’ again.
‘And I videoed the whole thing and the doctor went on about the measurements and other things, and you can hear me going, ‘Can you just bloody tell me?!'”
‘I felt sick. I couldn’t breathe on the way there. It was excitement, nerves, everything. And then he handed Michael a bit of paper, which said, ‘It’s 99% a baby girl. I burst into tears straight away, I just couldn’t believe it.’
When announcing her pregnancy back in May told Closer: ‘I can’t wait to become a family of seven. I know there’s a risk it’ll be another boy though…
Baby news: The CBB star, 37, is already mother to four sons, Archie, 10, Harry, nine, and George, seven, who she shares with her ex-husband Jamie O’Hara, and Ronnie, three, with Michael O’Neill, who she married in April 2019
‘But, of course, the main thing I want is for the baby to be healthy. And if it’s not a girl – we’ll just try again after!’
She said: ‘We were both just over the moon. Please let it be a girl! Michael is really hoping for a girl and the boys are desperate too – they’re convinced it’s a little sister.’
Last year, the former glamour model revealed she’s put her plans to use controversial gender selection treatment on hold after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis.
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.
Sweet: Danielle is pictured while she was pregnant with son Ronnie
Full house: The former glamour model previously admitted she ‘can’t think about having a baby at the moment’ but would love a little girl’ (pictured with her sons and husband Michael O’Neill)
In the interview, she shared she’s put her eldest child Archie in therapy after he began suffering from anxiety following her divorce from her ex-husband Jamie.
Danielle tragically suffered a miscarriage in 2019.
The media personality said she’ll have to delay her hopes of having a daughter as she’s set to undergo an operation to treat her conditions, which can affect a woman’s fertility.
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).
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 has learnt that the treatment is accurate in 99% 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.
Elsewhere in the discussion, the CBB star revealed she sought help for her son Archie, who struggled to ‘open up’ to his mother following her split from his father, footballer Jamie.
The 2004 Miss England pageant queen was divorced the sportsman in 2014 just two years after they tied the knot when it emerged he’d cheated on her.
‘It’s really helped him’: 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
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