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Due date Glenda Gilson 'couldn't think of anything worse than a gender reveal party'

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Glenda, Rob and baby Bobby have a big surprise coming next month.

Glenda, Rob and baby Bobby have a big surprise coming next month.

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Glenda, Rob and baby Bobby have a big surprise coming next month.

Ireland AM star Glenda Gilson wants an old-fashioned surprise when she gives birth to her second child next month.

Gender reveal parties are the must have celebrity trend during pregnancy these days.

Some commentators say that what started out in 2008 as a cute ceremony to announce the sex of an unborn child, has now turned into a gaudy demonstration of wealth.

Lavish parties in Las Vegas Hotels complete with thousand-dollar fireworks displays are just the tip of the iceberg for expecting parents with money to burn—literally.

The new custom peaked earlier this month when a Dubai YouTuber projected their gender reveal on the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It reportedly cost $140,000.

But for the Virgin Media presenter, finding out on the day of the birth is the only surprise she needs.

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Glenda Gilson displays her baby bump just weeks before her due date. Pic Instagram

Glenda Gilson displays her baby bump just weeks before her due date. Pic Instagram

Glenda Gilson displays her baby bump just weeks before her due date. Pic Instagram

“God, I am getting close to the due date and all I can think about is finding out the sex of the baby,” Glenda told SundayWorld.com

“We did think about finding out the sex but because my husband Rob can’t attend the scans with me, it sort of made sense to keep it as a surprise for both of us.

“Someone mentioned about having a gender reveal party because it might cheer people up in these strange times.

“But I honestly couldn't think of anything worse and it is something that I would like to keep private for me and my immediate family.

“We give such a huge amount away these days on social media that it will be nice to have something private, even just for the day the baby is born.”

There may be another reason for Glenda to steer clear of these garish parties—they don’t always go to plan.

In 2017, off-duty Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey started a wildfire in Arizona when he shot a decorative target with an explosive to announce that he was having a son.

The fire burned $8.2 million in property and he was left with a blue face and a $220,000 fine.

While one crazy American dad narrowly escaped serious injury when he tried to get a wild alligator to bite a watermelon from his hand for his big reveal.

Instead of parties, Glenda said she would prefer a decent night’s sleep, before her new baby arrives.

“I am still feeling quite sick, working on Ireland Am and juggling baby Bobby,” she added.

“I really only have time to get into bed at night and go to sleep.

“I’ll leave the parties to those with more time and money than sense.”

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