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It's used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby's development.
The sonographer will put gel on your abdomen and move a hand-held device called a transducer, back and forward over your skin. Take a look at each week of your pregnancy, from conception to birth, with our comprehensive email newsletters. Generally, ultrasounds which are performed in the first trimester are within days of being accurate in terms of assessing gestational age. Appointment time: Make An Appointment. It will usually take place at your local hospital ultrasound department. This applies at whatever stage of gestation the ultrasound is done.