(Closed) OB: "If I had to guess, I'd say girl" — how certain could this be?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I *think* it’s usually boys that are mistaken for girls. don’t quote me on that but when I was pregnant with my girl, I had everyone and their mother tell me a horror story about how “so-and-so were told they were having a girl too but it ended up being a boy…” 

At 19 weeks, they usually can tell the gender but I’m not sure how much doctors can tell. We were told by an ultrasound tech. So maybe ultrasound techs just trained to be able to tell and that’s not necessarily something the doctor knows?  I dont know – that’s my theory 🙂

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If she could get a good look it would be really obvious by 19 weeks if it was a boy.  That being said, if baby had their legs crossed she wouldn’t be able to get a good “potty shot” to give you a good guess.  Girls have the “3 little lines” and sometimes that middle line can look like a penis, but by 19 weeks it would definitely look like a penis. With my son it was very obvious at my 16 week scan, but we also had a good potty shot to go by.  At least you only have a couple weeks until your next scan – I know that 2 weeks feels like forever though!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It sounds like maybe your doc was using a handheld ultrasound, which isn’t as sensitive as the bigger machines?

I would just wait until your anatomy scan.  I did a tiny bit of research before, and once our ultrasound got to the “potty shot” I was like “OH that’s DEFINITELY A BOY” and the tech laughed and confirmed.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Boys are mistaken for girls I think.  Because you might not see the penis and assume girl, but if you see a penis there is usually no mistaking that.  At 19weeks you should be able to see, though if baby is in a bad position I wouldn’t trust it just yet.  I think if the legs are crossed they might not be able to tell and you need baby to move or come back in to see.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t buy anything gender specific until your anatomy scan.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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hippomama:  My friend recently had a blood test to determine gender.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Its usually boys that are mistaken for girls. Usually, its usually VERY obvious if there are boy parts.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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hippomama:  I’m pregnant with #2 right now and at my 12 week NT scan a couple months ago I asked if she could tell the gender yet – I had actually just found out the gender via blood test the day before so I knew this one was a girl, but she looked and said she would have definitely guessed girl.  I would have thought girl too, so I think it’s totally reasonable to tell if you get a good shot. I hope baby plays nice in a couple weeks so you won’t have to wonder anymore!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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hippomama:  I had a friend that had her first sonogram and they told her it was a girl.  When she had her second one, they realized it was a boy… he’s just shy 😉

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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BeatlesFan629:  a doctor doing a scan is actually waaaaaaaay more reliable than a tech.  They have often been doing scans way longer and can thus determine earlier than a tech is allowed to guess.  One of my best friends is an MFM, so I know her expertise level vs most techs.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

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hippomama:  Honestly it could be either, or, without a good look at the genitals. However my ultrasound tech told me I was having a boy at 12 weeks! She also said to not go and decorate the baby’s room just yet, as she could have been wrong. Finally at 20 weeks we confirmed boy! but again she had a good look at his genitals both times. Good luck!

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