After a long struggle to conceive, Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend are expecting their first child together later this year.

And while promoting her new cookbook Cravings, the 30-year-old expectant mum revealed that she and Legend had selected their bub’s gender while undergoing IVF.



Speaking to People, Chrissy shared “I’ve made this decision. Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like ‘Let’s put in the girl.'”

“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…And this girl is going to be so completely lucky to have John as her papa — it’s crazy!”

Needless to say, the announcement resulted in a barrage of criticism, with followers posting…

“I do think it’s sad people would pick a specific gender / prefer a specific gender”

“Did you choose the hair and the eye colour too @chrissyteigen … SMH [shaking my head] messing with the natural blessings from God. I liked you a lot …”

The star hit back in a series of tweets, even making a joke about appearance and taste selection:


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The couple’s decision was however supported by many of their fans, with comments including…

“Don’t worry about haters. They generally are the ones that have never struggled with infertility!!!!”

“I’m so glad you get to experience being a Mommy. It’s beautiful and painful and the best ever. You’ll do it beautifully”

“I think it’s incredibly brave to be open about infertility & the fact that you’re at all able to conceive/carry is a miracle.”



Chrissy has been open about her struggle to conceive in the past, sharing on Fablife last year that “We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened. But my gosh, it’s been a process.”

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  • I probably wouldn’t but it is their child and their business.


  • Parents undergoing IVF have enough of a struggle without judgements being thrown at them about ‘choices’. How many of them would choose IVF over conceiving naturally? The fact that they may choose one healthy embryo over another, and they might have a choice of girl verses boy – what if they were all one gender? What if the implant failed? Who is to say they won’t choose a different gender next time? Parents make the best decision they can at that particular time, and it shouldn’t be for others to harshly judge their journey.


  • She had the choice and had a gender preference, I don’t see the big deal. Had she been pregnant and aborted the pregnancy just because it wasn’t the sex she wanted? Then that would be a problem.


  • yes she needs to brush it off! who cares as long as the baby is healthy and happy!


  • I struggled with infertility so I was happy to implant the best and strongest embryo. I had no preference for gender. I just wanted a healthy, full-term baby.


  • Everyone is different. As someone who struggled to conceive, I only had one viable embryo through the first round of Ivf, the second round there were 5. 1 was implanted and failed, out of the other 4 none here viable. I didn’t care about the sex. Like I said, everyone is different


  • Not sure if i would choose the gender or not as i have not been in a situation like this :)


  • I don’t think it’s anyone’s business what they decide. They’re happy and not hurting anyone. People will always have differing opinions. I’m just glad that the child will be loved dearly.


  • I dont see that she did anything wrong at all.
    Its not like she was pregnant and decided to abort because it was a boy and just kept trying until she had a girl.
    There would have been more then 1 embryo and they would have told her what sex they were. They all belong to her but for now she selected the girl. We dont know the sex of the others but maybe they will join the family at a later date.


  • She is lucky to conceive with IVF, we tried so many times but it never worked for us. All these people that are negative have no idea what it’s like to struggle with infertility. Is it right or wrong to choose the gender of your child? No one knows so it’s best to congratulate the couple and wish them a happy and healthy baby.


  • The thing with IVF is indeed that more then 1 egg is fertilized, 1 is picked and the rest is they throw away…makes me wonder if I personally can be pro IVF. But then again IVF is probably for those who can’t conceive a huge blessing. Who am I to judge ?


  • Selecting a gender, means the \\\’non selected gender\\\’ in Chrissy\\\’s case, the boys get flushed down the toilet. IVF is the process of making babies, selecting which ones you want ie: the rating 1 – 4 and then destroying the rest. OMG!!! What a world we have created that we make babies just to kill those we don\\\’t want, IVF is akin to abortion or infanticide.


  • If you have to have IVF to be able to conceive then I can’t see any thing wrong in picking the gender at the same time.


  • if the technology is out there and you feel ok using it GO FOR IT!
    I would love a pink one, and if I could would be very happy to choose x


  • Congrats to them and wishing them well with the birth of their bub.


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