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Boy or girl: Can my pregnancy gender scan be wrong?

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When it comes to your baby’s sex, can you always trust your ultrasound scan results? The answer is simple: no. That’s true, experienced sonographers’ projections for girls and boys aren’t always accurate. 

Learn more about gender ultrasound accuracy and how physicians decide whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl. 

Is it possible for a gender scan for a girl or boy to be incorrect?

Yes.It’s all about interpretation when it comes to reading data from a scan.

Sonographers are experts at extracting a lot of information from a fuzzy image, which might be difficult if your kid isn’t cooperating and is in an awkward position. And it is possible to make a mistake.

When sonographers examine the ‘potty shot,’ you can be positive of your baby’s gender.

Ultrasounds are an important method of monitoring your fetus’s health, but they also reveal whether you’re having a boy or a girl.

But how do gender ultrasounds operate, and how accurate are they?

We chatted with professionals to get answers to your burning questions. 

Gender Ultrasounds: How Do They Work?

The ultrasound expert will apply gel on your belly while you’re lying on an exam table, then glide over it with a plastic transducer that transmits high-frequency sound waves.

These waves reflect off your child’s body, creating a picture of his/her soft tissues, organs, and other anatomy, including reproductive regions.

The image will be shown to you and your companion on a monitor. 

Are Boy vs. Girl Ultrasound Predictions Accurate?

Gender ultrasounds, it turns out, are fairly accurate.

According to one recent research, an ultrasound technician accurately guessed a baby’s gender 98 percent of the time.

However, the outcome of your specific exam will be determined by a variety of circumstances, including time, your baby’s position, your body size, and whether you’re carrying multiples.

Timing: “As gestational age progresses, the clarity of the ultrasounds increases,” says Bart Putterman, M.D., an OB-GYN at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women in Houston. 

Your Baby’s Position: Some foetuses are shy and keep their legs together, which impairs gender identification. Mistakes can be made when sonographers infer the gender based on a substandard examination if they are not clearly portrayed. If your sonographer is having difficulty seeing between your baby’s legs, take her answers with a grain of salt.

Your Body Size: If you’re plus-sized, the extra body mass might make it difficult to see your baby clearly. Determining a foetus’ sex on ultrasound is undoubtedly more challenging in overweight or obese women. 

Pregnancy with Multiples: If you’re pregnant with twins or triplets, your infants will be born prematurely. In such cases it’s difficult to determine the gender of babies.

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