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It may also help you to avoid feeling disappointed towards the end of your pregnancy if you think your baby is late when he's not.
The scan can check that your baby's heart is beating nicely and that he's developing normally.
Finding out about having twins early in pregnancy also gives you more time to prepare for the birth and for your doctor and midwife to plan your care. Nearly all scans after 10 weeks can be done through your tummy, and most units ask you to arrive with a full bladder.
This means that, out of 20 women who have the scan, one woman will be wrongly told she has a high chance of having a baby with Down's syndrome. If you prefer, you can have a private screening test. As well as the combined test, most private healthcare clinics offer non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which is the most accurate (up to 99 per cent) screening test for Down's Syndrome. It won't hurt, although you may feel a little pressure on your tummy. If your womb (uterus) is very deep in your pelvis, or if you're overweight, you may be offered a vaginal scan, which can get a closer view of your baby.