Incorrect Baby Gender

Bonnie - posted on 02/01/2012 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I am pregnant with my third child and I am mostly just curious to know how many moms out there were told at their ultrasound, their baby was going to be a boy or a girl and then at birth it turned out to be the opposite gender?

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Kaitlin - posted on 02/01/2012

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I didn't happen to me, but all of my US's were late (21 weeks or later) and they were both obviously boys. I know it happens the other way a lot (think it's a girl, turns out it was a boy 'hiding')

I wouldn't trust an US earlier than 16 weeks personally.

Janice - posted on 02/02/2012

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It is very common to have a 3d ultrasound between 18-22 weeks. With technology now its rare for the tech or dr to get it wrong. If the baby is shy and doesn't show things clearly they usually wont (or shouldn't) say either way.



With my 1st I went for the 3d at 18 weeks and they had a hard time seeing any genitals at first but at the end they said it was most likely a girl. I really wanted to be sure so I asked for another ultrasound my next appt. Thankfully the dr was nice and did it. Even though my daughters pelvis was already wedged in my pelvis (she stayed breech grrr) they confirmed her a girl. My second was more cooperative and flashed the camera long enough to see he was/is a boy. I was 19.5 weeks at the us for him.

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Ashley - posted on 02/06/2012

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with my 1st, he never showed anything so after 3 ultrasounds we didn't know what he was until he was born. With my 2nd he was very happy to show us what he was within minutes even though we didn"t want to know (the dr telling us with our first was so special). Our 3rd the tech told us we were having a girl and i was sooo thrilled I cried. 20 mins later she was like "oh this never happens" and our girl becomes our son :P

Hannah - posted on 02/06/2012

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I bought yellow in case as I know a few people this has happened to. I think it's a good idea not to bond with the baby as a girl or boy because it can be hard to get your head around it being the opposite gender.

Melissa - posted on 02/05/2012

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We were told we were having girl at 20 months, the ultrasound tech pointed out anatomy and never hesitated or said there was any possibility of a a different sex. Our son is now 2 and we wouldn't wish for anyone else. We had the pink and white shower, name picked out and on the wall, I had washed many of the girl clothing before our son was born so I couldn't exchange alot of the items, etc... We were totally prepared but turned out to be totally unprepared. Just goes to show you that there is the chance of human error and even with todays technology that people make mistakes. It was a wonderful surprise and "stuff" is just "stuff", material things mean nothing. When we were in hospital my husband went out and did some quick shopping, got some blue receiving blankets and sleepers. Then once people found out about what happened people came out of the woodwork with donations of used boys clothes, etc... Definitely wasn't the worst thing... And best thing is that we have a perfectly healthy, busy little sweetheart. We would have it any other way!

Jacqui - posted on 02/05/2012

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At my us i was told it was a 75% chance of being a girl, and they was correct

Lori - posted on 02/03/2012

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My 1st stepmom was told that she was having a boy (this was back in the mid-80's. When the baby was born turned out it was a girl. Then the doc tried saying the the baby was deaf. Completely wrong on that account as well.



With sonograms these days I don't think that they are wrong that often anymore. We found out at 16 weeks that we are going to be having a boy in May. I was surprised that they could tell that early. At 20 weeks they were still saying boy. I guess we will find out for certain in a few months when the baby arrives. I just hope I don't end up with a bunch of boy stuff that I can't use.

Venessa - posted on 02/03/2012

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My mum had 4 children.... And they got all 4 of us wrong ... Although I am 32 and technology has certainly improved over the years. Not to mention my mum lived in Papua New Guinea for all of her pregnancies. No one I know who has recently had a scan has been told the incorrect sex.

Bernadette - posted on 02/03/2012

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with my girl, we were pretty sure all the way through, although at every ultrasound we had she closed her legs firmly together and refused to let anyone see. We used to joke that she was modest, so must be a girl! We never did find out for certain prior to the birth, but were 99% sure. Both the obstetrician, who did a quick scan of his own each visit, and the sonographer at the big 20 week scan said that they'd put money on her being a girl too. Then when she was delivered via emergency c-section, the anaesthetist who was sitting with me at my head stood up and looked over the screen and said "looks like a little boy!" I was shocked, I was so convinced I was having a girl. Then someone else said "umm....no, it's definitely a girl!" So I'm not sure what the anaesthetist was looking at.........



With my son, we didn't go to a private obstetrician so didn't have the regular scans, so we went along to our 20 week scan hoping to find out. I was hoping for another girl because I thought it would be nice for my daughter to have a little sister close to her age. Anyway, the sonographer had no sooner got the image up on the screen before she commented that "he's a lively little fella!" I was hoping this just meant that she hadn't checked yet, and was just making a generalisation with that comment, but then she went "Yep, look at that - definitely a boy, he's practically waving it around!" She kept moving the ultrasound thingy (whatever it's called!) around my tummy and every couple of minutes she'd go "yep, there is again. Oh, and again." He seemed to be following her around, proundly showing it off. I couldn't help but laugh about how with my daughter we joked that she must be a girl, keeping her legs together, and then here we are with a boy who's already showing it off every chance he gets! Typical boy..... Anyway, there was definitely no confusion there, he let us know straight away. And ever since he was born, we've been able to see that difference too - Ella was such a well-behaved, quiet, not too adventurous little girl. Lewis loves to scream, just for the sound of his own voice. He thinks noise is wonderful! And he's into everything, climbing on everything, putting everything in his mouth, he keeps me on my toes. He is such a handful! I just find it quite amusing that they both showed their personalities even before they were born, and have both stayed pretty much true to it. One thing they do have in common is they were both very active babies (Ella may not have got up to too much mischief, but she was constantly on the move) and they were both very active on the inside too - real kickers!

Sandie - posted on 02/03/2012

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We were told last month that we're having a little girl, the lady said she was 85% sure...she couldn't get an up close and personal view between her legs but said there was no sign of any boy parts at all...



I'll let you know if they were right at the end of May, lol, x



They were right with my son though.

Lee Ann - posted on 02/02/2012

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With my last pregnancy we had a false gender prediction up until i was about 36 weeks along, they told me all along my little one was supposed to be a girl, then one day we go for a routine sono and bam there's something we haven't seen before :0 ???? yep a little boy or turtle should i say lol 110% for sure after thinking up until 36 weeks i was having another little girl we find out I'm having a boy, i was in total shock, we already had a name picked out, clothes ect. i was a mess, but thankfully i had help getting it all back in place before my little man was taken via c-section on Jan 5, 2011 and everything of course fell into place perfectly ♥

Nicole - posted on 02/02/2012

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Both of my girls tried to hide at first, but the technician was eventually able to get a look and tell us. With my first once she let us look, they were positive I was having a girl. You could clearly see three little lines between her legs, which they said is the sign that you are having a girl. With my second it was harder to get a good look, but the technician prodded until she could clearly see the lines and then my doctor looked at the pictures and confirmed it. I was still questionable on the second one, but they were correct both times. Both ultrasounds were around 19-20 weeks, as they are more accurate if you wait at least until then.

Stephanie - posted on 02/02/2012

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If you watch In The Womb it explains that both genders start out with a stump. As the baby develops the girls stump starts developing inward while the boy outward. When I went for my ultrasound I asked the technician if she was positive and she said, yes his weewee is huge. Lol.

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2012

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my son i knew for sure because he wasn't very modest and i had been refered for a more detailed ultrasound. In that ultrasound the person asked why i was referred because it was about a month after my placenta abruption and 2 weeks after my ultrasound that showed i had extra fluid in my uterus! I had explained all this and she said everything looked normal so she made it worth while and actually enlarged my son's arm, leg, head and penis/testicals, so i was sure! My daughter wasn't as very willing to show. She showed twice and the ultrasound people still weren't as certain as with my son! They gave me 80% on being right but they were right!

Bonnie - posted on 02/02/2012

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Based on what you said Janice, that they usually won't say if they aren't sure, I am starting to wonder if maybe that's why she didn't offer because she wasn't sure either way. Although, when I asked if we could find out she told us what she thought, so I don't know.



I've been told many times that it is a lot easier to mistaken a girl than it is a boy because boy parts are easier to see, but I suppose anything is possible.

Kay - posted on 02/01/2012

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My sons could not have been more proud of the "stems on their apples"--both of them spread it loud and proud. They would not do anything else that the ultrasound technicians wanted them to--there was lots of poking and prodding to get the right pics of toes, heart, brain etc. When it came time to say whether they were boys or girls though, they were fully cooperative!



However, I worked at a baby retailer for several years, and this actually happens more than you would think! We had several moms come in with blue or pink stuff, only to swap out for the opposite color scheme. :)

Brianna - posted on 02/01/2012

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my cusin is a nurse that works in labor and delivery and she said she has seen it happen acouple times

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/01/2012

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So Maree, was your baby a girl?? u didn't say and I can't remember from other threads....but you have me wondering. ;)

Bonnie - posted on 02/01/2012

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Maree, that is kind of funny, yet not funny at the same time. Wow, as if the technician treated you that way.



I know with my first two babies they always asked if we wanted to know the gender, but with the ultrasound I just had recently for my third baby, for reason she wasn't going to tell us. She was just going to print off the pictures and send us on our way.



I had to ask if we could find out :-S I don't know why, but I had to. Her response was, "oh you want to know." Anyways, she said, "I think I saw boy parts from before." Then she checked again and said yes, she thinks it's a boy.

Maree - posted on 02/01/2012

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I was told at 14 weeks i was having a girl...then at 18 weeks (at a different place)i was told it was a boy...then the same day went to another place for a 3d ultrasound and they said girl.



I believed the 1st and the 3rd place more as they were much more thorough. At the 18 week scan,the woman was cranky and in a rush. She would not let my husband or i look at the screen and ignored my husband when he asked a question. She then said "it's a boy,look i can see his scrotum" but didn't bother looking for a penis !! Then she rushed us out of the room.



When going to the 3d the same day for a bonding ultrasound,he said that sometimes they can make a mistake if looking at a bad angle,straight away he said it is definately a girl...my stupid sister said that the bitchy ultrasound woman probably deliberately told us we were having a boy because it is stupid to find out what you are having and that we DESERVED for them to tell us the wrong sex as we are wrong for wanting to find out in the first place. I don't think that's what happened...i think the woman was just in a rush but it is very wrong to deliberately give people the wrong sex to teach them a lesson...it is not their business or their right and they should just do the job they are paid to do...

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/01/2012

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Yep, I was 20 weeks when they told me but I also had one at 10 weeks, just to make sure the baby was OK...

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/01/2012

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I was told for both and they were correct... I don't know anyone where the doc was wrong but I know it does happen. One of the reasons in NS they do not tell you anymore unless, you are a high danger pregnancy, as I was...

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