Post # 1
Happy Monday Bees! I am going next week for my big ultrasound/anatomy scan, which I am freaking ecstatic about! However, Darling Husband and I are team green…I know I am not the first mama in the world who is team green but Darling Husband and I keep discussing how we are scared we might “accidentally” find out what we’re having.
I know the U/S nurse has done a bajillion ultrasounds before and I’m sure she knows how to show us our baby without showing us his/her parts She knows we do not want to find out and I’m sure we will remind her LOL I guess we are just worriers! It really wouldn’t be the end of the world if we found out, but we’d prefer to be surprised when LO joins us in the delivery room.
Bees who have been or are team green, how did your big ultrasound go? Were you worried you might see baby parts you didn’t want to see?
Post # 3
Mine is Wednesday, so I’d like to follow along! I’m team green & am hoping I don’t get anything ruined!
Post # 4
Have you seen ultrasounds? They’re all jumbles of shapes and fuzzy. I doubt you’ll see something you don’t want to see because you pretty much need to be from another planet to understand what you’re looking at.
Post # 5
@pmerr: Same here! Anatomy Scan is on May 8. Darling Husband assures me that the ultrasound tech does thousands of these a year and won’t slip up.
I’ve been told to remind the tech not to take any pictures of the “area” because if you show the ultrasound pics to someone who knows how to read them, they might be able to decipher them (I have lots of friends and relatives who are Drs and nurses, so this is a concern for me).
Lastly, I’ve also been advised not to glace at the Dr. paperwork when he’s giving me the results, because sometimes they put the gender down with all of the other info. I always request copies of medical records, but I’m going to wait to get these until after the baby is born!
Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 6
I am 39 weeks and team green. No one has made a mistake and slipped up at all.
I’m sure you’ll be just fine!! I would remind any new doctors or nurses you see through out your pregnancy that you are team green in case someone were to make an off comment.
Post # 7
@pmerr: Yay! Mine is Thursday, you’ll have to let me know how yours goes!
@Hyperventilate: Haha! The rational part of me thought exactly that…I had a hard enough time at the first ultrasound and even asked the nurse “Is there anything in there?!”
@ExcitedScaredBee: Oh man, luckily I don’t have any dr friends but I have lots of friends who think they are subject matter experts when it comes to anything baby/pregnancy related. I better tell them to keep their thoughts to themselves LOL
@peanuthead: Very cool! I bet you are really ready now to find out 🙂 Hopefully it won’t be much longer for you!
Post # 8
Darling Husband and I are not on team green but honestly, as a FTM (which I’m assuming you are), it’s really hard to tell which bit is which without being a trained professional. I think if you’ve seen a lot of them (e.g. the Duggars), then it’s probably easier to spot but everyone that has seen my U/S can’t tell and honestly, our is one of the clearer, more “pronounced” ones my OB and U/S tech have seen as our baby boy was in a perfect position.
So as long as no one slips and says “he or she”, it should be fine. I wouldn’t worry about them showing you the goods (or not) by accident.
Post # 9
We are team green too and I am worried about the same thing =) To make things slightly more challenging, I have antibodies in my blood that can cross the placenta and cause heart block in the baby…so they monitor the baby WEEKLY with ultrasounds. I had my first one yesterday. The Ultrasound person was great and asked before if we wanted to know the gender (I am 16 weeks). Aside from looking specifically at the heart, she did a growth check and was talking us through what she saw. At one point she stopped talking a bit when looking around the legs which she had already pointed out….and after the fact she gave us a few photos and tore one off to keep. My Doc even came into the ultrasound room and joked with us about it….asking if they told us… to which the Tech was like…”Of course not, they don’t want to know!” My guess is that she knew the gender but definately didn’t let it slip. Hopefully we’ll be able to be surprised!! Good Luck with yours!
Post # 10
I’m not Team Green, but honestly, unless you are a medical professional or are reallllly searching, I don’t think you’d be able to tell from just a quick glance at that point. At our anatomy scan, I had to ask the tech to show me how she could tell LOL, because I just had to take her word for it!
However, at one a few weeks later, I could tell 100% what we are having, haha. If you are going for heart checks, etc, I wouldn’t think there would be a medical reason to look at that area….but I am definitely NOT a medical professional, so don’t take my word for it!
Post # 11
@mrsjroo: I’m not team green, but we waited for our gender reveal to find out so we didn’t want to know at the actual ultrasound. Well, at the time I was really nervous we’d be able to tell and I even asked the tech to let us know when she gets to that part and we’ll look away.
She never told us to look away but honestly, neither of us had any clue what we were looking at 90% of the time until she pointed it out. We definitely didn’t see anything. The night before our reveal, I was studying the pictures she gave us from the ultrasound and I SWORE I saw a boy part. I even pointed it out to people and they agreed that that’s definitely what it looked like. Well, we found out the next day that we’re having a girl…lol. The boy part that I SWEAR I saw wasn’t at all what I saw.
Post # 12
We are Team Green and I’m 35 weeks. Our first ultrasound/anatomy scan we informed the tech and the radiologist that we did not want to know and they didn’t slip up. I watch the the whole thing and I couldn’t tell one thing from another except for the baby’s head. At 31 weeks I had another ultrasound with my personal OB and she knew that we didn’t want to know the sex and since she said the baby’s parts were very visible at that stage she just told us to turn our heads away. We now get to meet our little one at birth 🙂
Post # 13
We’re not Team Green, but I just wanted to say that unless you really know what you’re looking for, you’re not likely to figure out the gender on your own. I don’t think the sonographer even needs to look at that area at all if you’re not finding out.
Post # 14
Thanks for all of your responses ladies! I love hearing others’ experiences. I also think you ladies are right…I probably will have no clue what the heck I’m looking at 🙂
Post # 15
Yeah, I was kind of nervous I’d see something really obvious dangling between the legs or something, but… nope! haha. I can barely tell which end is the head and which end is the rump during ultrasounds. I doubt you’ll see anything that’ll make it obvious to you. I don’t think our ultrasound technician even knew, because she wasn’t trying to find out.
Post # 16
Some techs won’t even show you the screen until they are done. For my anatomy scan, the tech did all her measurements with the screen out of sight to me (took about an hour) and during that time asked if we were finding out, although my GP also wrote it in my paper work that we weren’t finding out so at the end, she brought Darling Husband in and turned the screen so we could see, she made sure not to show that area.
I had to have another scan recently at 32 weeks, and that tech asked as well before showing me the baby at all. They are pretty good at checking before ruining a surprise.
Also, most will have a nickname they use to refer to the baby so they don’t say he or she.. like “baby”, or my OB lovingly refers to them as “critters” haha.