Ultrasound gender prediction was wrong: Unborn baby girl turns out to be a baby boy – story in the DAILY MAIL
Annie was told at ultrasound scan she was having a girl
Annie nicknamed her unborn daughter Coco
She had a pink ‘Coco Chanel’ baby shower
Filled a wardrobe with pink clothes
But the scan was wrong and she gave birth to a baby boy
While she loves her son, now aged 2, she still grieves for the baby daughter she never had
As a mum of two sons and a daughter myself (in that order) I was really interested in Annie Lightfoot’s story about how a scan predicted a girl and she ended up having a baby boy! Like many parents I found out the sex of my third baby on a routine ultrasound scan at 20 weeks and was told by the sonographer I was definitely having a baby girl. At the time I wondered if it was accurate – we are talking over 20 years ago – but it was.
These days ultrasound scans are even more detailed and it seems the norm is for women to find out at 20 weeks, often announcing it on social media. So I was surprised when Annie Lightfoot contacted me to say her gender prediction was totally wrong…!
When Annie was told at a routine scan she was having a girl, she was thrilled.
The interior designer dreamt of shopping with a daughter who she hoped would grow up to become a best friend.
Like many parents do, Annie threw a pink baby shower with the theme being pink – from the pink fizz drinks to the cupcakes was pink.
Meanwhile she filled a wardrobe full of pink clothes, bought pink rattles, and even had a pink nightlight ready.
But when Annie, who split with her partner shortly before the birth, had her baby she was shocked. Because it was a boy.
The NHS Choices website has a page called, Can I find out the sex of my baby? It says while a routine scan at 20 weeks is done to check the baby is healthy, it is possible to find out the sex – however it cautions this is prediction is not always accurate.
However, it is believed the vast majority of parents find out the sex of their baby at a 20 week routine scan but there are no statistics as to how many end up having a different sex to the scan prediction.
Luckily a thoughtful nurse dressed the baby in a yellow babygro as all Annie had were pink babygros.
Everyone rallied round bringing her blue gifts but there was a loss of a daughter when she should have just been delighted to have her son.
Although she adores her ‘perfect’ son, Reubenm now aged two, she says she had to grieve for the little girl thought she was going to have. She had bonded with a daughter but felt so guilty as her son is everything anyone could want in a child.
Annie is currently single so a second baby is not on the cards right now but to this day she has kept many of the pink items in the hope one day she will have a girl.
She wants to tell her story so parents to be realise mistakes can be made. She feels it should be made very clear at scans that gender predictions are not always accurate.
Annie’s story appeared in the Daily Mail and will shortly be appearing in a top women’s magazine.
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