(Closed) Elective scan

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

How accurate are they at 16 weeks? I had read that scans aren’t very accurate until at least 18 weeks, preferably 20 weeks. I had mine at 20 weeks 2 days. And the NT scans I’ve read are just way too early to be accurate. I personally would wait until the 20 weeks. Why does your OB say you have to wait until after 20? How long after? Like 21 weeks or so? I think 19-20 weeks would be just fine. If you want the elective, go for it, but still take it with a grain of salt until your anatomy scan at 20 or later. My two cents!

Post # 4
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think if they see a pee pee then chances are it’s a boy but its still so early to tell for sure. i’ve heard so many stories about people thinking its a girl around 14-16 weeks only to find out its a boy later on in the 20 week scan or visa versa. I think they say after 16 weeks you have a pretty good chance of getting it right but up until then boy and girl parts look so similar its hard to tell sometimes. If you can stand it i’d wait a few more weeks and then do elective if you can’t wait until 20. We had our gender scan at 19 weeks.


Post # 5
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i found out at 14weeks that we were having a girl via elective scan and it was pretty obvious for us! it was confirmed at 19weeks at our anatomy scan.

Post # 6
1777 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you can handle waiting, I would save my money and get a 3d ultrasound around 30 weeks.  It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had!

Post # 8
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We did the elective scan at 16 weeks and it was obvious it was the girl.  No problem at all.  My anatomy scan at 20 weeks confirmed it.  We also did 2 elective 3D ultrasounds later in the pregnancy (27 weeks and 32 weeks).  So, I say go for it and enjoy the elective ultrasound!!

Post # 9
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I do ultrasound. I would wait until your anatomy scan for 2 reasons:

1) The “goods” may not be obvious as it is common for boys to have little boy pary so they look like a girl and for girls to have a larger girl part so it looks like a boy part until after 18-22 weeks.

2) The bigger reason: If the sonologist god forbid, sees an abnormality, they can not tell you. And if it is something obvious and you notice it and they as they still can’t tell you and then you have to still wait for your anatomy scan while worrying.

I try to take a “safe” standpoint in my clinical setting and would never want to compromise the patient’s frame of mind nor risk the change of encountering a problem or worse having the patient encounter one I can’t comment on.

Post # 10
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

NT also thought they saw boy parts at our NT scan.

Elective Scan confirmed boy at 16 weeks.

Anatomy Scan confirmed boy at 21 weeks.

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