Use of pronouns
Hi everyone, I have a question about the use of pronoun? Please help me
I have a sentence like this: "I just want my child to be safe. I want to protect them from you".
From what I have learned, child is singular, so using "them" in the second sentence seems weird to me. But in this context, the speaker has just been pregnant and not known the gender of the baby yet. So what can I do with the pronoun "them"? Is it acceptable to use here?
Please help me with this. Thanks a lot.