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Anyone about who is good with scan pics ?

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Ellisisland Mon 25-Aug-14 12:44:32

So had a private scan at 17 weeks just to check on the health of the baby. I have had previous losses so am paranoid about everything and just wanted so reassurance. Anyway during the scan the sonographer asked if I wanted to know the sex. I said yes as was planning on finding out at 20 weeks anyway and she said boy. I was happy (would have been either way) but when I mentioned it to a friend she said that 17 weeks is way too early to tell and that the sonographer likely got it wrong. So attached is the money shot from the scan. This look boy to any of you ? Again not fussed either way but want to start preparing my other DS for the arrival of a sibling and would like to be able to explain whether it's a boy or a girl if I can. Thanks

FoodieMum3 Mon 25-Aug-14 12:56:58

Your picture doesn't look very clear to me but if the sonographer asked you if you wanted to know then it must have been blatantly obvious to him or her that it was a boy.

As far as I know, it is easier to make a mistake with girls but with boys, there's no denying the penis and testicles. I know several people who found out at 17 weeks.
Actually, the clinic I've been to for private scans do gender scans from 18 weeks.

All you have to do is get it confirmed at the 20 week scan anyway. 3 weeks will fly smile

InanimateCarbonRod Mon 25-Aug-14 12:57:54

Yes that looks like a boy! Congrats!

katelouise1 Mon 25-Aug-14 23:06:41

I had a 3D scan at 16 weeks to determine the sex and my baby is a boy i could see everything. I went for my hospital scan at 20 weeks and the lady asked me did i want to know the sex. I explained that i already knew the sex but see if she could get it correct, well she told me she guessed my baby was a girl and was showing me 'three lines' to prove my baby was a girl. So paranoid me went for another 3D scan to see his winky again and the lady at the 3D place zoomed in and he is 1000% a boy lol. My friend went off the hospital scan alone and got told she was having a girl, her son is now almost 3 :\ i wouldnt trust them again.

ColdTeaAgain Mon 25-Aug-14 23:27:32

Hi OP, am a sonographer, very clear pic and yes it's a boy.

Your friend is wrong, from 14 weeks it can be easy to determine gender as long as the sonographer can get a good image and knows what they are doing! Private gender scans are done at 16/17 weeks as by this point there will be a good chance of seeing the gender and it's still far enough ahead of the 20 week scan to mean people will feel it's worth paying for wink

ErmagerdANerknerm Mon 25-Aug-14 23:53:56

No denying that's a boy grin congratulations!

harrygracejessica Tue 26-Aug-14 00:05:17

16 weeks is fine to find out, I did with both sets of twins as needed a reassurance scan so just had a gender one instead :- )

slightlyinsane Tue 26-Aug-14 00:30:42

At my 17 wk scan my consultant told me our twins were boys. 2 wks later they were girls, it took a further 3 scans for me to believe they were girls.

Ellisisland Tue 26-Aug-14 13:42:03

Thanks all for the replies

Foodie - that's what I thought. If she asked me if I wanted to know she must have been sure.

Erm and Inanimate - thanks !

Katelouise- how confusing! It's stories like yours that always make me have a slight doubt !

ColdTea - thanks for your professional opinion smile glad it's right. I just went for the scan as a reassurance more than anything as due to previous losses I am a slight paranoid wreck! So finding the sex was just a bonus really. Am glad you can confirm it though. Thanks again

Harrygrace- same. Reassurance more than anything ! smile

Slightly - I think if be the same if someone now told me I was having a girl. Wouldn't believe it till the baby was here!

ColdTeaAgain Tue 26-Aug-14 21:02:49

No problem, all the best for this pregnancy smile

LBNM19 Tue 26-Aug-14 21:59:09

Congratulations been told with both my boys at 16 weeks xxx

Pico2 Tue 26-Aug-14 22:05:31

Aren't sonographers amazing? I looked at your picture and thought "hamster in a wheel with a Christmas hat". I bet your DS will be thrilled to have a brother - congratulations!

katelouise1 Tue 26-Aug-14 22:21:22

Nothing better than doing your baby shopping in the right colour smile congratulations !!

ColdTeaAgain Tue 26-Aug-14 23:34:48

Sometimes quite funny what people tell me they think the scans look like at work. It's like those ink pictures psychologists use. Loving the hamster in a Christmas hat! And actually, I can see what you mean!

januaryjam Wed 27-Aug-14 09:11:36

ColdTeaAgain, do you mind if I ask you a quick sonographer related question? When doing the 20 week scan, is it obvious to you whether you're looking at boy or girl as you're doing the anomaly scan or do you actually have to purposely look between the babies legs to determine?

The reason I ask is we want a surprise but picked up on the sonographer referring to "he", but when we asked her at the end about "he" she said she just sometimes says this & in fact she didn't know if our baby was boy or girl as she hadn't looked down there since we wanted a surprise.

I was just wondering whether this was true, or whether she was just being nice saying she didnt know either, as I'd always thought that when they are looking at bladder etc that they would be able to see gender specific bits down there?! Thank you wink

ColdTeaAgain Wed 27-Aug-14 15:01:43

No I don't mind at all januaryjam.

If people don't want to know the gender then I don't make a point of looking as it isn't a requirement of the scan but yes, most of the time I will see what the baby is anyway as I am checking the other anatomy 'down that end'.

I tend to try and refer the baby as 'baby' rather than he or she or even worse 'it'! Eg. "Baby is very active this morning!" But occasionally I say he even if I have no idea what baby is and people do pick me up on it. I think it's because I always referred to mine as a he throughout my pregnancy (didn't find out). So it's just a bit of an old habit. All my colleagues do the same sometimes, I guess it's like when you meet someones dog or cat and you call it a he before you know what it is, just seems to be what we do! So yes I would believe what your sonographer said as I sometimes do exactly the same!

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