Boy ultrasounds and girl ultrasounds – what’s what

When you’re clinging to the edge of your cold doctor’s office table waiting for the ultrasound tech to finally get around to peeking at your baby’s private parts – you want to know what you’re seeing ASAP.

I know for all my children, I’ve wanted to see as many ultrasound photos of boys and girls as possible to compare those to what I can make out in mine and “make sure” the ultrasound tech got it right!

Prepare yourself by knowing what to look for. A girl’s ultrasound will have three little lines, often referred to as a “hamburger.” A boy’s ultrasound will have three dots at a very early stage and eventually you’ll see the official “turtle head,” as it’s called.

Sonogram Results

Ultrasounds can provide a semi-accurate baby gender prediction as well, but wrong gender interpretations occur regularly due to several factors. The stage of pregnancy, capability of the sonogram technician and position of fetus can all influence the accuracy of the ultrasound results. To be 100% sure, women must anxiously wait until the birth!
Most pregnant women receive an ultrasound between 18 to 20 weeks to evaluate estimated birth date, a multiples pregnancy, placenta location or potential complications. Because there are many questions about the interpretation of the gender in sonograms, we decided to share a few of the sonogram images we have received. While we don’t recommend using these images to interpret your results, it may be useful to familiarize yourself with sonograms.
using ultrasound to determine if it’s a boy

In order to determine with a high degree of certainty that your baby is a boy, the sonographer must be able to determine the shape of a penis and scrotum between your baby’s legs. This is sometimes possible to determine around 20 weeks of gestation.
It is important the umbilical cord not be mistaken for a penis. With modern equipment it should be easy for the sonographer to distinguish the penis from the umbilical cord. It is an advantage if the equipment has a color Doppler which shows blood flow, as this can better identify the umbilical cord and distinguish it from the penis.

Using Ultrasound to determine if it’s a girl

It is important to understand that just because you can’t see a penis, it doesn’t mean that your baby is a girl. This is the most common mistake made by inexperienced sonographers.
Rather than just looking for the presence of a penis, it is necessary to identify the presence of labia to confirm that your baby is in fact a girl. Often, it can happen that a boy is incorrectly diagnosed if the baby is lying in a position that partially hides the genital area.

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