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You'll be given the chance to discuss it with your maternity team before making your decision. Ultrasound scans can sometimes find problems with the baby.
Having the scan does not hurt, but the sonographer may need to apply slight pressure to get the best views of the baby. However, the sonographer may not be able to get good views if your baby is lying in an awkward position or moving around a lot.
The second scan offered to all pregnant women is called the anomaly scan, or mid-pregnancy scan, and usually takes place between 18 and 21 weeks of pregnancy.
This scan checks for structural abnormalities (anomalies) in the baby.
Some women may be offered more than two scans, depending on their health and their pregnancy.
You can find out more about the dating scan and the anomaly or mid-pregnancy scan. Some people want to find out if their baby has problems, while others don't.