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Ultrasound Scan - can sonographers get it Wrong??

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30/03/2006 at 12:07

Was wondering whether the soonographers have got the sex wrong ie. told the mother it was prob a boy and turning out to be a girl (or vise versa) ? Or are they generally spot on?? I think I can see something on my u/s that looks like a well lets say boy bits?? Would you say that I was mistaking it for something else??

30/03/2006 at 19:24
hi denise,
a friend of my auntie was told she was having a girl and painted the nursery pink and bought girly clothes etc and it turned out to be a boy. even though i knew about this i still painted the nursery in the appropriate colour and luckily i did have a girl as i was told.
30/03/2006 at 19:33
did you discuss your findings/feelings with the sonographer or a midwife?
the hospital we chose have a policy of not giving ideas on the sex of the baby due to it not being 100% accurate.
31/03/2006 at 17:04

Thank you for your replys.
On our picture we are sure we can see boy bits - quite funny really! My friend says it does look like them but its too obviously clear! We really don't mind either way as we have one of each - a big age gap - our daughter is 13 and our son will be 11! They are so excited! For me it's like the 1st time all over again - until it keeps me up all night (LOL!) A couple of friends were told the sex but the sonographer did say to them its not 100%! Just wondered whether they can get it wrong! We won't be painting blue just yet! Thanks for your replys
D 22+3
02/04/2006 at 09:32
Hi Denise :o)

I had a private scan at 24 weeks with Jacob, and he very helpfully had his legs akimbo and his bum pressed against one side of my tummy, so his genitals were dangling there for all to see!

I think it does depend on the position of the baby at the time of the scan, they generally tend to be squished up with limbs folded inbetween legs or just in awkward places making it difficult to make out.

I wouldn't paint the nursery a particular boy or girl colour anyway- We chose a bright sunshine yellow for Jake's room, you can always imprint the sex of the baby on the room with the sheets you choose for the cot- the curtains, the changing table colour and of course- all those cards you receive after the birth!
I think it's a nice idea to string them up like bunting around baby's room (well out of their reach obviously).

03/04/2006 at 20:09
Hi MummyGoth

Thanks for your lovely thoughts!!! We have bought a couple of lemony/white items already - awful isn't it! I said I would wait until I was at least 30wks - but my daughter started saying how cute this and that was and that was it! How old is Jake now and are you expecting again?? Yes it is nice to wait and see and then you can buy pink or blue and there's so many lovely bits to choose from!
Great to hear from you.

Take care

07/04/2006 at 15:50
Hi Denise- apologies for my tardy reply- I have to rely on my parent's internet connection!!!

Jacob is now 1 year and 2 weeks! I have actually just come back from my first scan and it has revealed I am 16 weeks!!

I would love to know the sex of this baby, because I did like knowing with Jacob, but on further thought I don't mind what I have- another boy would be my preference, but I think having one of each would be great :o)

Must sign off- Jacob is running riot!!
10/04/2006 at 20:48
I chose not to find out the sex of either of my babys. My first was a boy and when having the ultrasound with number 2 I was convinced i had seen testicles. It wasn't until I saw a TV programme about scans that I realised that what I had seen were more like girls bits, remembering that the u/s shows the image in cross-section.
Sure enough I did have a little girl!
Regarding sonographers getting it wrong, I have a friend who had 3 post 20 week scans with 3 separate sonographers. Each scan confirmed she was having a girl. In fact, they were all wrong and she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy!
11/04/2006 at 20:43
Hi Tracey/MummyGoth

Oh well Tracey, that puts my photo theory out in the cold! Am still convinced its a boy though. Prob looking at girls bits thinking they are buys LOL! MummyGoth you are going to have a short gap was that planned?? It will be nice to get them close together - mind you I thought that too - I had a 2yr gap it was hard work but had its rewards too - mind you look at me now a 13 yr gap and 11 yr gap!!! I love the name Jacob - we are really struggling on boys names are you?? Hope you both well and Tracy what are the ages of your children.
Take care

Denise 24wks
23/02/2007 at 10:21
i had a early pregnancy scan and i am a bit confussed about how far my pregnancy is. the sonographer says i am 5 weeks but i had positive result 3 weeks ago, so can you tell that you are pregnant at 2 weeks?
25/02/2012 at 18:12

As a Clinical Specialist in ultrasound, who has sexed hundreds of babies, with the best will in the world, and with the genuine pitfalls that exist, not one of us will be 100% accurate all the time, though those of us with experience will not be far of it!  It is important to remember this, and not act upon the gender result in ways that would be a problem if baby is born the unexpected sex eg. stick to neutral room decor, and any clothes that are bought that are pink or blue, keep the receipts!

19/04/2012 at 21:36

You should check out a career as a ultrasound technician.

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