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Told wrong gender at ultrasound??

(59 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?

mrscumberbatch Thu 15-Nov-12 22:14:25

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?

BigBoobiedBertha Fri 16-Nov-12 01:22:40

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

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

happy2bhomely Sat 17-Nov-12 11:27:16

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?

LunaticFringe Sat 17-Nov-12 21:19:19

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!

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