Was anyone told the wrong gender at their 12 week scan?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

LunaRose101:  no value. Even after 15 wks many people have been told the wrong sex. 

Post # 3
2848 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would say that she’s fairly sure of herself or she would not have offered an educated opinion.

Post # 4
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would never even ask for the gender at 12 weeks, I don’t care how educated she thinks her guess is. It’s just too soon to tell.

Post # 5
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

My ultrasound tech said that any gender guessed at 12 weeks is just that…a guess. Don’t get worked up about it and just wait until your later ultrasound. Also when you find out it’s a healthy baby, at least for me, the gender didn’t matter, the further along you get in pregnancy the more you just want a healthy baby.

Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee

I had my 12 week NT scan yesterday too 

We were told most likely a boy, and that is how it looked to me too, but we’re still holding out for a girl! She said it could alternatively be “swollen genitalia.”

And ohmygosh, this love – 

Post # 7
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well a baby can be either or so the tech has a 50/50 chance of being right. Honestly I wouldn’t put stock in what you are told at a 12 week scan.

Post # 8
9691 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

12 weeks generally aren’t as acurate as 16 week+ scans so I certainly wouldn’t go out buying pink or blue clothes.  She could easily be wrong that early.  My scan was at 15w6 day and it look like a girl to us but since i wasn’t 16 weeks officially she wouldn’t even confirm 100%.  But ours was still a girl at 20 w.

Post # 9
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

LunaRose101:  at my 12 week scan, we saw full blown twig and berries on the potty shot. She told us 90% boy that day and that was confirmed at our 16 week scan, 20 week scan and last week again at my 27 week appt. I wouldn’t give much value to “skull theory” or “nub theory” guesses but if they saw a potty shot, I’d say there’a a good chance she knows what she’s talking about. My good friend is a sonographer and when I showed her the 12 week potty shot picture she agreed with our tech. 

Post # 10
229 posts
Helper bee

My Aunt has 5 children each one she was told it would be a girl. She has 5 strapping young boys! x

Post # 11
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

my good friend was told boy at 12 weeks. She was hoping a girl so she tried to ignore it. Nope, confirmed again at 18 weeks. 

I have a feeling they can tell boy alot easier that early. 

Post # 12
5955 posts
Bee Keeper

LunaRose101:  My doctor won’t do a scan until at least 20 weeks because little boy and girl parts can look the same for quite some time.  When I got the scan done at 20 weeks, it was predicted to be a girl, and 4 months later a girl came out.

Post # 13
1031 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

According to my OB now a days with high-tech sono machines they can tell gender as early as 13w. Would I want to know someone’s guess that early? Nope.  They were able to determine gender at our 17w scan which they confirmed again at our 19w scan.  We had a 3d/4d elective scan done at 28w and it was still a girl and very noticeable when they zoomed into the private area. 

Post # 14
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It could definitely be wrong, but you might want to think about it being the opposite of what you “want” so your prepared if she was right.

Post # 15
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

First, housekeeping note: sex = biology, gender = identity and cultural expectations. So if your child is born with a vagina but grows into a male identity, his gender is boy. So the ultrasound tech could read the external genital part “correctly” and still be wrong 😉 (Sorry, seeing the terms used interchangably is a pet peeve of mine! Moving on.)

As for 12 weeks, that seems awfully. Early. That said, I know people who have had delivery room shockers because of misread ultrasounds. So ask about the hunch, but don’t take it too seriously one way or the other.


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