Research shows that routine obstetric ultrasound before 24 weeks gestational age can significantly reduce the risk of failing to recognize multiple gestations and can improve pregnancy dating to reduce the risk of labor induction for post-dates pregnancy.
Performing an ultrasound at this early stage of pregnancy can more accurately confirm the timing of the pregnancy and can also assess for multiple fetuses and major congenital abnormalities at an earlier stage.
The ultrasound machine and software allows the technician to see the baby's development and measure the baby.
In the first trimester, the ultrasound measures the fetus from head to the pelvis, since the baby is so small.
The bright white circle center-right is the head, which faces to the left.
Features include the forehead at 10 o'clock, the left ear toward the center at 7 o'clock and the right hand covering the eyes at .