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Chrissy Teigen defends picking the gender of her IVF baby: 'What year is this?!'

Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
February 25, 2016
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Chrissy Teigen has revealed that she chose a female embryo during IVF to ensure that she and husband John Legend would have a baby girl. Within hours of her revelation, however, the 30-year-old was faced with a barrage of criticism for selecting the gender of her child – prompting the star to defend her decision. "I do think it's sad people would pick a specific gender / prefer a specific gender," one fan wrote. "What is that difference though? I've already created embryos with a doctor. Only after must it be random?" Chrissy responded.

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Chrissy Teigen has defended choosing the gender of her baby

She later commented: "What year is this?! And for the record I am always happy and open to speak on fertility. The more casual, the better. I don't mind", before joking: "I also picked the embryo with a taste for bacon, a knack for magic and size 7 feet so she can always find shoes. "Chrissy first revealed to People that she had chosen to have a daughter while undergoing IVF. "I've made this decision," she said. "Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and I was like, 'Let's put in the girl.'"


The star has taken to Twitter to explain her decision

She went on to explain why she wanted a daughter. "I think I was most excited and allured by the fact that John would be the best father to a little girl. That excited me," she said. "It excited me to see… just the thought of him with a little girl. I think he deserves a little girl. He deserves that bond. A boy will come along… And this girl is going to be so completely lucky to have John as her papa."

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Chrissy later returned to Twitter on Wednesday night in an attempt to clarify the matter. "From reading everything tonight, I think I made a mistake in thinking people understood the process better than they do, which is my fault…" she began.

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"We didn't create a little girl. We had multiple embryos. Girls and boys. We simply chose to put in a female first (and second)... We didn't 'throw away' anything and still would love to have more of both in the future. Hard to explain such a complicated process here… You'd be surprised at how many people you know go through this. Also every doctor knows the sex of the embryos, it isn't some grand secret..."

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