13/01/2011 10:40 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Does It Really Matter If Victoria Beckham Has A Boy Or A Girl?

When David Beckham announced on his Facebook page that Victoria is pregnant with their fourth child he said that their three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz were very excited about having a new brother or sister.

Notice his use of the words "brother OR sister" – this suggests, as is usually the way with these things, that there's a 50/50 chance of having a boy or a girl, and they're excited either way.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the rest of us.

Within minutes, celebs and 'civilians' alike took to Twitter to say how much they hope it's a girl: Amanda Holden tweeted 'hope they get a pink one!', and newspaper headlines like 'Girldenballs' left us in no doubt that the nation is holding out for a Little Miss Beckham.

But does it – and should it – even matter what flavour they get?

No, of course it shouldn't.

Having a baby isn't like buying a new handbag. You don't get to pick your favourite and send it back if you decide it's too similar to one you've got tucked away at home.

But while the British public get carried away with their hopes for the new baby Beckham, it looks like Victoria – who, incidentally, knows a thing or two about handbags – isn't pinning her hopes on a pink nursery.

In this month's Vogue magazine she says: "Maybe one day another baby but at this stage I think the chances of a girl are quite slim."

She's already talked about being "blessed" with another baby and tweeted about being "happy and excited" – so it's hard to believe that another boy would be a crushing disappointment.

In fact, ask any pregnant woman whether she wants a boy or a girl and most of the time you'll hear that she doesn't mind as long as the baby is healthy.

That's not to say that some women don't secretly hanker after one sex more than the other – but that doesn't always mean they want one of each. Some women love having boys, others are more confident with little girls, especially if they are single parents and worry about raising boys on their own.

By the same token, for every dad who wants a son who he can play football with, there's another whose heart melts at the thought of having a Little Princess to spoil.

But Mother Nature likes to mix things up – so there's no guarantee that you won't end up with a girl who likes to climb trees and collect monster trucks, or a boy who is fanatical about ballet and Balenciaga.

And after a nine month wait, most new parents are so besotted with their new arrival that they couldn't care less whether it's a boy or girl – they're too busy swooning over the fact that they've managed to produce the most beautiful, intelligent and all-round perfect baby that the world has ever seen.

Instead, it's the random people in supermarkets who give sympathetic looks to parents with a brood of boys, or the friends and family who spend the whole pregnancy 'keeping everything crossed' for a girl who have got the problem.

A friend of mine, who has three boys, almost came to blows with a shop assistant who was happy to coo over her newborn until she discovered that it was 'another boy', at which point she patted her on the shoulder, pulled a face and said, "Oh no, poor you."

How rude.

We can't see that it would be much of a hardship to share a home with David Beckham and four gorgeous boys, and if Vic and Dave are happy to take a 'wait-and-see' approach then we should stop speculating too.

After all, we've other things to think about, like where David is going to find some space to tattoo the new baby's name. Now that is a worry...

By: Ceri Roberts