WITH a tiny heart beating on the screen, Chantelle Lindsay was told her unborn child was a girl.
While at her scan, she immediately decided to call her Lettie, in honour of her late nana.
The 32-year-old first-time mum and her husband Michael, 36, were over the moon when a further five ultrasounds — including 4D imaging — confirmed the sex.
They spent £2,000 on cute, pink baby clothes, threw a huge, pink-themed baby shower, designed a pink nursery complete with pink moses basket and covered the walls with pink wallpaper.
But when their baby was born and they went to place a pink hat on its tiny head, the doctor announced she was a HE.
Proud Chantelle would not change a thing, though. She says: “People are still shocked about what happened and I had a lot of explaining to do, but I am not disappointed. Frankie, my son, is perfect.”
Recruitment consultant Chantelle, who lives with Michael, a marketing manager, in Newcastle upon Tyne, was delighted to find out she was pregnant last year.
She says: “I was on holiday in Spain and felt off, so grabbed a digital pregnancy test.
“The results came up in Spanish, so I had to Google the words. When I finally worked out it was positive, we were thrilled.”
But the couple, who have been together for ten years and married for three, faced a pregnancy fraught with complications.
Chantelle says: “I started to bleed at six weeks and it lasted until week 16. Doctors called it ‘unexplained bleeding’.
"I had my first antenatal ultrasounds at six weeks, then eight to make sure the baby was still alive. I then had the regular NHS one at 12 weeks.
“It was lovely to see the baby, but so intense. It was hard to not feel terrified.
“At 16 weeks I went back for an NHS scan and was excited to find out the gender, but the sonographer couldn’t confirm it. Michael and I decided to book a private scan the next day to find out.
“We were told we were expecting a girl. I screamed for joy and we went straight into Newcastle and bought loads of pink clothes.
"If it wasn’t for the unexplained bleeding, I wouldn’t have had so many scans, but I was more reassured at the 20-week NHS scan that our baby girl was healthy, again confirming the sex.”
At 24 weeks Chantelle had another two scans. Both sonographers said that all was well with their little girl.
She says: “The number of scans became a running joke among my friends, but these scans were for my peace of mind.
"I had one more private scan at 28 weeks, just to be sure, as I was worried about the baby, so by now five different scans had confirmed the gender.”
Picking a name was easy for Chantelle, who says: “My nana passed away just before we got married and I was devastated.
"Our daughter’s name, Lettie, would pay tribute to her, as it is the latter half of Nana’s maiden name Nicolettie.”
The day after the 4D ultrasound, Chantelle’s friends threw her a baby shower in a restaurant.
She says: “There was a giant wall covered in flowers. Everything was pink, from the balloons to the cake, and I wore a pink sash.
"We were showered with pink teddies and girlie gifts, including a little faux-fur coat and matching Uggs in pink.”
A month later, her waters broke at 34 weeks and she was taken for an emergency caesarean. And on November 9, 2019, their healthy baby was born, weighing just 4lb 14oz.
Chantelle recalls: “The surgeon held our bundle of joy and asked me to pick a hat from the hospital selection. I went for pink. Then the surgeon said, ‘Have you got a boy’s name?’
“I thought it was a joke. Seeing my child for the first time, it was clear he was a boy.
"He was perfect. I couldn’t see why six scans thought he was a girl. To say I was in shock was an understatement.”
Chantelle’s mum Tracy was in the waiting room as Michael ran in to announce the birth.
Chantelle says: “He shouted, ‘It’s a boy, it’s a boy!’ and Mum asked him if he had been inhaling the gas and air. I was kept in for a week.”
While in hospital, Chantelle and Michael went through their top list of boys’ names and she says: “Frankie topped both, so we named him that.”
She adds: “I couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful child. But I don’t think I’ll rush to get the gender of another baby.”
Experts claim scans are more than 90 per cent accurate, but that mistakes, as in Chantelle’s case, can happen.
Rachel Fitz-Desorgher, a parenting consultant who worked as a specialist midwife for 30 years, says: “All midwives know that scans can be wrong.
"Gestation, position of the baby and the experience of the sonographer, can all affect the ease of determining gender.
“The only way to be 100 per cent certain? Check between the legs when that little bundle is in your arms!”
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