The ‘potty shot’ is slang terminology used to describe the moment during an ultrasound when the sex of a baby can be seen.
The term is commonly used in online pregnancy groups and forums. It can refer either to the moment the baby’s sex is seen on screen during the ultrasound or to a printed picture the parents take home with them.
Generally, it refers to the view through the baby’s legs, pointing upwards from the bottom. In contrast, a shot looking downwards through the legs, from above the baby, often doesn’t clearly portray the child’s gender.
A potty shot may be seen as early as 12 weeks, based on the angle of the ultrasound, but it’s rarely possible to identify the baby’s gender this early in the pregnancy. In most cases, gender may be considered at this gestation through a nub theory picture, although this method of guessing gender is not backed by science and is more commonly a form of guessing done by lay persons or other pregnant women. The nub generally disappears by the 15th week of pregnancy. As the baby’s gender is a 50% certainty, it’s not surprising that so many different theories have arisen to pinpoint gender before any identifying areas of the baby can be clearly seen.
Although it’s becoming increasingly common for parents to find out the gender of the child as early as 10-12 weeks with genetic tests, most parents wait until they see the 20 week (morphology) ultrasound before they’re able to see the gender of the child, or prepare to announce it. In rare cases, due to the position of the baby during the ultrasound, the baby’s gender may not even be identifiable at this stage of the pregnancy. At this point, parents often say they ‘couldn’t get a potty shot’ often due to ‘the baby’s crossed legs’ or other variables, such as the baby’s back being to the screen or the baby being closely curled into its own body.
Due to the relatively long wait to identify gender, as well as the excitement surrounding the discovery, many parents look forward to and discuss the ‘potty shot’ as an important milestone in the pregnancy, before they begin planning baby registries, baby showers or gender reveals, all of which often relate to the gender of the baby and often feature either blue or pink decorations accordingly. After finding out the gender of the baby, couples often refer to themselves as team pink or team blue.
In some cases, parents choose not to either find out or reveal the gender of the baby. In this case, the couple generally refers to themselves as being on team green or yellow.
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