You may have heard getting an x-ray during pregnancy can harmPyour baby. This can be true, but in some cases not getting an x-rayPcan harm you more than it can harm your baby. Remember, a healthy mom means a healthy baby. Is it safe to receive x-rays while pregnant? AccordingPto the American Academy of Family Physicians, x-rays are generallyPsafe during pregnancy, but there is quite a bit of controversy surroundingPthis issue. Studies have been conflicting and, therefore, x-rays shouldPonly be done when the benefits outweigh the risks. X-rays can givePyour health care provider important and even life saving informationPabout numerous medical conditions. Like many things, x-rays can havePrisks as well as benefits. Are all x-rays safe while pregnant?
Not all x-rays are the same, but most pose little exposure to thePuterus and developing fetus. With
there is hardly anyPexposure to any part of the body except the teeth. X-ray examinations on the arms, legs, or chest do not expose yourPreproductive organs to the direct beam. However, x-rays of the torso,Psuch as the abdomen, stomach, pelvis, lower back and kidneys, havePa greater chance of exposure to the uterus. It is always important to let your healthcare provider know you are pregnant, if you might need an x-ray. What are the chances my baby will have an adverse side effects? According to the American College of Radiology, no single diagnosticPx-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effectsPin a developing embryo or fetus.
Some common diagnostic proceduresPinclude dental, chest, CT scan (head/chest), and abdominal view. **Always let your health care provider know you are pregnant. Last updated: March 14, 2017 at 19:59 pm 1. Williams Obstetrics Twenty-Second Ed. Cunningham, F. Gary, et al, Ch. 41. 2. American Academy of Family Physicians 3. American College of Radiology I may need to have an X-ray but I\’m 3 months pregnant. Should I wait until after the baby comes or is it OK now? Teresa If your doctor thinks it\’s necessary for your own well-being or your baby\’s to get an X-ray during your pregnancy, then you should have the X-ray. Most diagnostic X-rays emit low levels of radiation that would be unlikely to harm your baby. Otherwise, if you can safely wait to get an X-ray until after your baby is born, that\’s probably best.
A developing fetus is sensitive to the effects of radiation because its cells are rapidly dividing. Radiation could potentially cause changes in these cells, increasing the risk of birth defects or certain illnesses later in life. But the risk to the fetus depends upon how far along the pregnancy is and on the type of X-ray done. Dental X-rays, for example, aren\’t much cause for concern because the X-ray area is far from your uterus. Make sure that all of your health care providers (including your dentist and the X-ray technician) know about your pregnancy before you get an X-ray. Sometimes other tests that don\’t emit radiation, such as ultrasound, can be done instead.