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Hi everyone!<br><br>
I hope everyone is doing well.<br><br>
Sorry, I haven't posted on here much - been too busy running a farm & homeschooling, etc. My kids are 7, 5, and 2. New babe is expected at end of Feb.<br><br>
I was wondering... I had an ultrasound at 21 weeks at a naturopath's office (to check on babe's anatomy - it was after we all had had swine flu) with a very experienced ultrasound tech (who was also an ND - very cool!) Anyway, he said, it was "definitely a girl" (after looking twice - and got very clear images because I am thin) and I have a picture that shows girly gender lines I think. Anyway, to make room in our storage space, I want to now completely give away ALL my baby/toddler boy clothes (this is our last babe). Would you gals feel safe assuming, based on the above info, that this babe is a girl? Are experienced ultrasound techs pretty accurate these days?<br><br>
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Mamaonthefarm
 

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I've heard stories from both sides of getting a "surprise" in the delivery room. It sounds like this one's pretty certain.. but never say never!
 

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Well, so far they've been right for me all three times. However, an online mommy friend had them be wrong twice - once told her girl was a boy and the second time told her she was having a second girl and she had a boy.<br><br>
I think the OB that did my u/s said that generally speaking saying a girl is about 85% accurate, and a boy is about 90% accurate (so 15% and 10% that they say the wrong gender).
 

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I don't know, although I'm wondering the same thing myself...they told me "its probably a girl" at my 20 week apptmt.<br><br>
Do you have a family member or neighbor with extra storage who could store the boy stuff for you just for the next couple of months? I've stored things temporarily for a friend before in my basement. That way you could get some space, but wait to get rid of the items once you are 100% sure they won't be needed.
 

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with our scan at 20 weeks I asked the lady for how sure she was and she said 'we're not allowed to give any guarantees, but it looked pretty clear to me!' and DF and I saw the image too and it looked pretty clear, but STILL I can't quite bring myself to believe.<br><br>
So I'm keeping all our girl stuff, and buying nothing new that isn't white - the only was to be sure is when they're here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Thanks for the responses! Hmmmm... 85% accuracy for a girl? I wonder if that percentage is a combination of u/s tech's experience, thickness of a mama's abdominal wall, babe's position, etc. Oh well. Maybe I'll just keep all the clothes and sort them when the babe comes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the responses! Hmmmm... 85% accuracy for a girl? I wonder if that percentage is a combination of u/s tech's experience, thickness of a mama's abdominal wall, babe's position, etc. Oh well. Maybe I'll just keep all the clothes and sort them when the babe comes.</div>
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I think it had to do with some boys not descending fully until later on? And a boy call is more accurate because it is less likely to be mistaken?
 

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I'm not US'ing though I've thought a wee bit about it since this one will be our last too and we have 2 girls now. So many boxes of girl clothes! I would think that if you feel pretty confident in the US results, just pack up all the clothes you think you won't need so that you can send them on their way when babe arrives. I always feel like Murphy's law gets me (if you give them away, the US will be wrong; if you don't the opposite--geesh, does that make me a pessimist?) At least you'll feel like you're getting rid of them right now, but you'll be ready to when time is tight.
 

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I think identifying a girl is more accurate if you see the actual lines. Sometimes they will "call" a girl just because they see no male genitalia, not because they actually do see female genitalia.
 

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I was in your boat. I have 5, 3, & 2 & this is our last & all though we have never found out the gender before, we did. They said girl & I asked her how certain she was b/c I want to clear out boy stuff & she looked again & said she is sure it's a girl. I have decided to trust her & have been consigning all my boy stuff. We shall see...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it had to do with some boys not descending fully until later on? And a boy call is more accurate because it is less likely to be mistaken?</div>
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This is very true- a boy u/s is a lot more accurate and more likely to be correct, than a girl u/s. A mom at my DS1's previous daycare was told "girl" all throughout her pregnancy. She was "AMA" so had many u/s's, all girl. Did a pink nursery, down to pink dresser and crib! Guessed what popped out on delivery day? lol not a girl!<br><br>
While u/s's are way more accurate than they used to be, mistakes are still made. Sometimes 3 lines are seen on a boy, depending on the angle of the scan. Chances are it IS a girl for you, but I wouldn't get rid of the boy stuff just yet. I know if I am ever told girl I won't believe it 'til I see the bits when she's born LOL.
 

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I think it depends on the tech. My cousin had a surprise boy (after multiple ultrasounds) just a couple years ago, but no one else I know IRL has gotten a wrong prediction. I asked my ultrasound tech specifically how sure she was, and she said if she wasn't absolutely sure she would have told me there was doubt. She said she hadn't been wrong on a sure prediction in five years, and that if she can't see really clearly, she just says she "thinks" it is a boy/girl, but makes sure the mom knows there is doubt.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is very true- a boy u/s is a lot more accurate and more likely to be correct, than a girl u/s. A mom at my DS1's previous daycare was told "girl" all throughout her pregnancy. She was "AMA" so had many u/s's, all girl. Did a pink nursery, down to pink dresser and crib! Guessed what popped out on delivery day? lol not a girl!<br><br>
While u/s's are way more accurate than they used to be, mistakes are still made. Sometimes 3 lines are seen on a boy, depending on the angle of the scan. Chances are it IS a girl for you, but I wouldn't get rid of the boy stuff just yet. I know if I am ever told girl I won't believe it 'til I see the bits when she's born LOL.</div>
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Wow! Hey - what's "AMA"?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow! Hey - what's "AMA"?</div>
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I think she means "Advanced Maternal Age"
 
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