Gender ultrasound confusion, and Autism.

Danielle - posted on 04/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hi ladies,
I am wondering if anyone has been told they are having a boy at a gender ultrasound, and ended up having a girl?
We went to our ultrasound last Thursday, and the technician showed us a potty shot ( the bum) to show what could be a scrotum and penis. The only concern I have is that it also appears to have the three line "M" shape.. Only just enlarged, and possibly swollen. It protrudes from the body which is why I could understand why she said a boy, but I have also read that sometimes the hormones in a pregnancy can cause the genitals to swell and create confusion.

Had anyone heard of this happening?

The reason I am asking, is because we already have a 3.5 year old son, who also has mild to moderate Autism. We were willing to try again now that he is making progress, but we were secretly hoping for a girl to hopefully miinimize the chances of having another child with Autism. We are thrilled after three years of "trying to conceive" we are finally pregnant. We are super excited for another boy, and would love our child regardless.

My other question is, has anyone had a first child with Autism, to have a second without? Particularily a boy...

Another concern we have about determining the proper sex is to prepare accordingly. Our families only help for the bare minimum so we would like to start stocking up on clothes where we can.


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Sherri - posted on 04/21/2012




This is a study that was done and I hope it helps as to accuracy of ultrasounds to determine sex.

Weeks of gestation 11 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 14 weeks
Ability to assign fetal
gender % age group 68% 88% 94% 98%

Correct identification
fetal gender 50% 84% 90% 94%

Male fetuses incorrectly
assigned as female 41% 13% 8% 5%

Female fetuses incorrectly
assigned as male 9% 3% 2% 1%

Gender correct from
100 baby scans 34 80 85 92

Iridescent - posted on 04/21/2012




Wrong gender happens something like 3% of the time on ultrasound - so if you have doubts, don't be set on the gender you were told! Try to be open, and it sounds like you are.

We have 5 kids. Our first is autistic (he was severe, is now actually "going into remission" we were told, which is amazing!), our second we thought was autistic as well but learned at 2 years he was deaf and the symptoms were mimicked - once his hearing was corrected, things improved. Our third boy is also autistic, severely so, atypical type as he can speak although not communicate well. Our two girls are not autistic. None of the 5 kids is fully healthy, and there have been multiple genetic defects found since to contribute to it. We honestly wouldn't have had any kids had we known - we'd have adopted. Some of the disorders are nDNA based, and the rest are mtDNA based.

Michelle - posted on 04/21/2012




I know a family that has 4 boys. A set of triplets first where 2 are identical twins and the 3rd has severe Autism. They then had a single pregnancy (another boy) and he is fine.

I don't really know about the ultrasound but have heard a lot that were told 1 sex and ended up with the other. It's an educated guess on behave of the technician though.

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