We spoke to a few women who had experienced this; they were not distressed by it, though for some people it may be embarrassing.

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So, but yes it was really quite a moving experience. I mean, I did ask when she was having a look to try and, and she was trying to measure the fetus, and I asked how many there were, because she hadn't actually said, you know, 'There's only one'. As with other scans, most women (and their partners) found it enjoyable and reassuring, and were relieved to see there really was a baby.

I think that's the only time I had to actually ask her anything. The chance to take home a photograph was valued - a charge may be made for this.

Many people felt positive about the way staff talked them through what they were doing, including a woman who had seen scans before as a health professional. It was very, very straightforward, you know, and a fantastic experience.

And, you know, I've never had a baby before so if I had two then I wouldn't know any different to just having one. Because my husband's a non-identical twin, so we didn't think there was much risk of any sort of genetic thing, but the fact that there was identical twins was kind of a bit of a, 'Oh, right, okay, you might have told me that beforehand.'I suppose it was very emotional, actually.

My husband, on the other hand, was quite relieved to see there was only one, because he was of the opinion that one would have to be sold because we wouldn't be able to afford two! It was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be.

I mean, I'd heard people saying, 'Oh, you know, you're so moved' and I thought, you know, because I've seen it, when people show me scans I've thought, 'I can't make that out', and they say, 'There's the baby' and I think, 'Oh right, okay.' I mean I could work out the scan of a gall-bladder or something, but I can never, ever work them out.And then, you know, we saw this little thing, which the ultrasound technician couldn't, it was asleep at the time, so she was poking it and trying to get it to move, which it eventually did, poor little thing.All Trusts must ensure that they provide a dating scan, and an 18- 20 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan, in line with NICE and UK National Screening Committee recommendations (UK Screening Portal 2010).As its name suggests, the main purpose of a dating scan is to check how advanced the pregnancy is and therefore when the baby is due.Measuring the baby can be more accurate than dating by the last menstrual period.Occasionally, if the baby is in an awkward position, an internal scan may be carried out, using a vaginal probe.