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Told wrong gender at ultrasound??

(43 Posts)
chubbychipmonk Thu 15-Nov-12 22:13:11

Just wondering if this really happens?
Has anyone (or know of anyone) who was told boy & had a girl or vice versa??
Anyone told different genders Mat different dates or by different sonographers? Can you ever be 100% sure what you are told?

chubbychipmonk Mon 19-Nov-12 14:17:31

Didn't realise you could see them having a wee! Wow!

ISeeThreadPeople Mon 19-Nov-12 10:12:41

I wasn't too bothered about finding out with dc2 and said if the sonographer could see clearly, then perhaps we would like to find out. She put the wand on and up on the screen flashed... a penis and balls. The sonographer laughed and said 'well that's clear then'. 3 seconds later she said 'and there he is having a wee'. You could see his bladder emptying and the fluid moving through his penis. Definitely a boy. Had another scan at 36 weeks to check position and the consultant remarked 'what an enormous scrotum'.

With dd, the sonographer couldn't tell what we were having. She wouldn't wake up or uncross her legs and it was all completely hidden. We had to go back for another scan as they couldn't get any measurements. It was fairly clearly a girl at the 2nd scan.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 19-Nov-12 10:02:39

Mine were all correct - 2 boys then a girl. The sonographer showed me what she called 'the hamburger' to show the girl bits.

I don't actually know anyone whose been told the wrong sex but am sure it does happen.

chubbychipmonk Mon 19-Nov-12 09:58:11

To add to the confusion, I've since seen a psychic who told me I was having a boy. . . But that's a different thread entirely!!! grin

Empross76 Sun 18-Nov-12 14:19:53

My friend was told a girl but had a boy. It resulted in bonding problems as the whole birth was quite traumatic! We had 4D scans both times, partly to confirm what the normal scans had said!

NAR4 Sun 18-Nov-12 14:14:44

Twice I have seen parents in Mothercare exchanging clothes and equipment because the baby was born a different gender to what the scan had said. Unfortunately the majority of baby clothing and equipment seems to now be pink or blue, rather than a gender neuteral colour such as cream or lemon.

Lastofthepodpeople Sun 18-Nov-12 09:46:31

We were told boy. Sonographer told us there was a chance of error 'but if I'm wrong, I've never seen a vagina that looks that much like a penis'.
DS supposedly had it all on display but TBH I couldn't make head or tail. It all looked like squashy alien to me.

TwitchyTail Sun 18-Nov-12 09:35:50

Chubbychipmonk, google image "20 weeks scan boy" and see what the signs really are. They are subtle and I really don't believe most people could tell from a quick glance far away from the screen. Definitely not willy and balls on a blackboard...

Of course, your DH has a 50% chance of being right anyway, in which case I expect he will crow that he knew all along and has amazing ultrasound interpretation skills grin

Splatt34 Sun 18-Nov-12 08:32:03

Seen it a few times as i work on labour ward. One couple were so devasted it was like they were in denial that baby boy was their's. They'd bought everything pink too.

Which is why I didn't find out last time & won't this time eithrr

chipmonkey Sun 18-Nov-12 00:27:26

I saw ds2's bits on his scan even though we really didn't want to know. dh saw as well and we thought the obs saw that we saw because he moved the scanner away really fast.

Cadmum my friend's ds cried for an hour when he found out he had a fourth sister!

chubbychipmonk Sat 17-Nov-12 23:51:41

Thanks twitchy, I'm less likely to believe what my DH thinks he saw, ' it def looked like the pic of a willy & balls that you see drawn on a blackboard at school'. hmm
But it was when she was scanning thigh I saw what I thought looked like balls (definate bulge) near top of legs but no willy confused
I'm gonna end up going for a private scan myself at this rate!

Whatnowffs Sat 17-Nov-12 22:01:07

It happened to someone on the same ward as me when i had my DD, poor woman, she had a girl and all her presents were blue grin

I was told two days before DD she would be 7lb, she was 9b 9oz

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 17-Nov-12 21:51:19

My cousin was told it was a boy at a private scan, it was a girl.

TwitchyTail Sat 17-Nov-12 21:50:23

Chubbychipmonk, don't worry - determining sex on ultrasound is an advanced skill - unless you are an experienced ultrasonographer specialising in antenatal scans, you wouldn't be able to reliably identify boy bits. It could have been the cord that you saw, or anything really. You've still got a 50% chance of a girl IMO grin

littlecloud Sat 17-Nov-12 21:41:07

I know one lady who was told girl in both her first two pregnancies and she had a boy both times. An actual girl third time but she didn't trust it one bit until she'd had her.

Another friend of mine was told girl and later boy at another scan and turned out to be a boy at birth.

These were both at the same hospital.

weeblueberry the 20 week scan said it looked like a girl but the position wasn't great so she couldn't be sure.

We were left a bit confused

The guy at baby bond said he was 95% sure it was a boy. I wouldn't trust a scan now unless I saw it with my own eyes in 3d!

A friend at work was told she was having a boy and had a girl.

Dogsmom Sat 17-Nov-12 21:28:22

I had a baby bond scan at 16weeks and they said definitely girl, the sonographer said they only announce it once they've checked 3 or 4 times from various angles and have to be confident enough that if it were theirs they would be happy to buy pink or blue.

She said they ask you to go back if they can't get the correct shots.

We had it confirmed at the 20week anomaly scan too.

I hope they didn't get it wrong as we have a pink nursery and a wardrobe full of girly clothes waiting for her!

chubbychipmonk Sat 17-Nov-12 21:26:09

No, I really wanted to find out but husband was dead against it so we didn't find out. I already have a DS so yes would love a DD. . . I'm convinced I saw boy bits in the scan though (exactly as I did with DS1 and he indeed turned out to be a boy. However. . I'm well aware I'm not a trained sonographer so i dont want to give up my dream of pink baby grows just yet!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

chubbychipmonk Sat 17-Nov-12 21:12:38

What about 'swollen' girls bits or cord? Does that often get mistaken for boys bits when it's actually a girl?

nickelrocketgoBooooooom Sat 17-Nov-12 15:38:47

or it could be the NHS trying to redress the Boy/Girl gender divide balance wink

(it's the sex they tell you, not the gender - the gender is personality traits that are "typical" of boy or girl (eg pink is for girls and blue for boys is gender, dolls for girls is gender etc)

AppleOgies Sat 17-Nov-12 15:33:28

It's less likely to e wrong if they say it's a boy because they've seen (or think they've seen) the male organs. But with 'girls' they could be boys hiding their bits! smile

AppleOgies Sat 17-Nov-12 15:31:31

Yep... My friends were told they were having a girl at 20 weeks and then again at a 32 and 38 week scan. They had a boy!

Cadmum Sat 17-Nov-12 15:28:12

Dear niece was a boy in utero. The only slightly heartbreaking part is that her db was very exited about having a brother and less so about a fourth sister...

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