During pregnancy many things (aspirin, other meds, diet, and more) need to be weighed on two risk levels - risk...
During pregnancy many things (aspirin, other meds, diet, and more) need to be weighed on two risk levels - risk to you, the mama, and risk to your baby. X-rays are one of these issues. Basically what most health care providers and researchers recommend is that x-rays are not proven safe during pregnancy, but they also haven't been proven overly damaging to babies either. What it usually comes down to is this: if the risk of NOT having an x-ray during pregnancy will be dangerious for you, then you should have the x-ray. If you need a smaller, insignificant x-ray, then the risks to your baby are greater than the risks to you, so don't have the x-ray. Dental x-rays are a good example. try to have any typical yearly dental x-rays before you become pregnant. If you're having intense abdominal pain, and no clear reason can be found, a doctor may urge you to have a quick x-ray, and if you skip the x-ray, this might be one of those times when the risk to you is greater than the risks to your baby alone. Something to consider is that a risk to you is also a risk to your baby; skipping a life saving x-ray could hurt both of you. Thankfully, it's rare that you'd need an abdominal x-ray during pregnancy. If one is recommended you can always discuss it with your care provider before agreeing, or get a second opinion.

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