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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?

The sonographers tell you that there is a margin for error so if they tell you they're not 100% sure then you should listen.

If there's an obvious penis though it's a bit of a tell tale sign.

LadyofWinterfell Thu 15-Nov-12 22:15:19

Yup, was told DS was a girl.

They also told me DD2 would be a girl though, so i guess there's always room for mistakes unless you have a 4D scan or genetic profiling!

VivaLeBeaver Thu 15-Nov-12 22:15:40

Ex colleague of mine was told it was a definite boy and they had a girl.

I've also known it happen that way round to someone else fairly recently.

flossy101 Thu 15-Nov-12 22:16:22

Girl At my work was told having a girl, baby was a boy!

AitchDee Thu 15-Nov-12 22:17:29

Yes, twice, same pregnancy. Babybond private scanners.

Expecting twins, was told one boy, the other probably a girl but go back in two weeks to recheck.

Went for recheck, different sonographer confirmed boy/girl twins.

I had two boys.

TwitchyTail Thu 15-Nov-12 22:29:25

Yes, it happens in about 1 in 20 cases, usually (though not always) mistaking a boy for a girl. If you see proper boy bits it's pretty conclusive. But often the baby won't be in the right position to get a really clear look.

The ultrasonographer can usually tell you how certain, or not, they are. Ours was pretty definite.

RubyrooUK Thu 15-Nov-12 22:33:00

If this one in my belly comes out as a girl, I'll die of shock. Like his big brother before him, he debuted his genitals on scans long before his face. grin

chubbychipmonk Fri 16-Nov-12 01:00:49

What about girls bits being swollen & mistaken for boys bits? Does that happen often?

When I was pregnant with DS2 9 yrs ago the hospital refused to tell anybody the gender of the baby based on a scan due to the possibility of an error which was 5%. They figured that since 4000 babies were born at the hospital every year that could mean they were wrong for 200 hundred babies. That is quite a lot. They wouldn't take the risk.

chubbychipmonk Fri 16-Nov-12 22:30:37

When you put it like that, that's quite a lot!!

RubyrooUK Fri 16-Nov-12 22:37:18

I know of three mistaken scans though personally and they've all been scanned as girls, then come out as boys.

I haven't yet met anyone who has seen male genitals on the screen but not in real life! smile

secrectsoutherncomfortdrinker Fri 16-Nov-12 22:41:57

Aitchdee
excatly the same thing with me

nannyl Sat 17-Nov-12 11:21:18

i know 4 people who have been told they are pretty certain the baby is a girl, and has been born a boy

I had a baby bond scan at 17 weeks and was told it was a boy.

It was a girl!

madmomma Sat 17-Nov-12 11:32:00

yeah, was told ds was a girl.

weeblueberry Sat 17-Nov-12 15:05:43

happy2bhomely What did your NHS anomaly scan say? The BabyBond I'm going to have claimed a 99.3% success rate correctly gendering babies. I'm having a 17 scan and am hoping whatever they say will be confirmed at my NHS scan at 20 weeks...

5madthings Sat 17-Nov-12 15:19:38

i have a friend who was told girl at 20 wk scan, she had a 3d scan later in pregnancy (privately) and it was then shown it was a boy, baby was indeed a boy.

i was told at my 20wk scan dd was a girl, we didnt believe the sonograpther and she then said she was 100% sure this baby was girl tho she said she wasnt meant to say that, a further scan said girl and she was indeed a girl.

i think it depends on the clarity of the scan, some machines are newer and better, the skill of the sonographer, the position of the baby etc. it certainly isnt got wrong as often as it used to be but yes they still do get it wrong sometimes.

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...

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!

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

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)

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?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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!

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!

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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

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