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Some maternity caregivers purchase ultrasound machines to perform 'informal' ultrasounds at every pregnancy visit in their private rooms.(This is not an essential part of routine pregnancy visits and you can decline having this done if you prefer.) Generally, most maternity caregivers have very limited training in the use and interpretation of ultrasounds and can only provide a small amount of information.These can include: A nuchal translucency uses ultrasound to visualise and measure a fluid filled sac at the back of the unborn baby's neck during early pregnancy.NT is usually performed between 11 weeks 3 days and 13 weeks 6 days to estimate if the baby is at increased risk of having a chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome (also called 'trisomy 21'). A CVS takes a small sample of cells from the baby's placenta and examines them to 'map' the baby's genes or chromosomes with the aim of identifying the presence of a genetic disorder (such as Down syndrome).During the last half of pregnancy, the whole baby cannot be viewed all at once, but you can usually see clearer images of their facial features, hands or feet.
You can read more in ectopic pregnancy.'Dating' the pregnancy (or estimating the gestation of the baby and therefore their due date) is usually based on the first day of the woman's last menstrual period.
For example, it is very easy to determine the position of an unborn baby, but it requires a very experienced ultrasonographer to detect pregnancy problems or physical abnormalities in the baby.
Even then, detecting some abnormalities is not always possible and in up to 10% of cases, a baby will be mistakenly thought to have an abnormality, but in fact be well and healthy.
You would need a formal ultrasound performed by a qualified ultrasonographer (technologist) and reported on by a qualified sonologist (specialist doctor) to provide more detailed information and/or definitely confirm any possible findings by your maternity caregiver.
An ultrasound can reveal the size of the baby after 6 weeks (and therefore estimate their gestational age).
Ultrasound images are generally limited by the scope of the probe and where the sound waves can reach.