Pregnancy is the time to take good care of yourself and the little one inside your womb. There are many things to remember and follow during pregnancy, such as eating a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, and other intoxicating drugs, being careful about the prescription and over-the-counter medicines you take. A woman should also get proper prenatal care visits to her doctor during pregnancy. Regular ultrasounds are a part of routine prenatal care, but at times, there is a need for an X-ray while you’re expecting, too. X-rays are generally recommended during pregnancy just for investigating any urgent health issue. It is essential to understand any risks that radiation can cause during your pregnancy to you and especially to your baby. Taking simple precautions can help in minimizing the exposure of your little one to harmful rays during a diagnostic x-ray or other radiation procedure.
Diagnostic x rays help the doctor find important lifesaving information about a person’s medical condition. But like many other radiation procedures, x-rays have benefits and specific risks. They should be conducted under the proper surveillance of the doctor. No pregnant woman should probably be recommended to have an abdominal x-ray during pregnancy. But, due to any particular medical condition, your physician might feel the necessity of conducting a diagnostic x-ray of your abdomen or lower torso. If this happens, do not get upset. The risks followed by x-rays can be reduced by telling your condition to the doctor. The doctor might also cancel or postpone it or modify it to reduce the amount of radiation.
We will let you understand the issues concerning exposure to x-rays during pregnancy. Moreover, we suggest that any pregnant woman who has to go through a radiology test or an x-ray should consult her healthcare provider to get complete knowledge about its effect.
X-rays are the common widely used diagnostic imaging technique, and it helps doctors get important potentially lifesaving information about several medical conditions. X-rays are also often used for detecting bone fractures and dislocated joints due to falls and accidents. During x-rays, the technician places the required body part between the x-ray machine and photographic film. The patient is then asked to be still until the device sends the electromagnetic waves through the body to reflect the internal structure.
When pregnant, the doctor uses imaging procedures that do not emit any harmful radiation to diagnose any particular injury or condition, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and ultrasound. The following imaging studies (MRI and ultrasounds) are not always practical for getting the exact results. They may not offer the doctor the same information easily obtained through an x-ray examination.
The amount of x-ray radiation absorbed by the body is measured in rad or its fraction, milliard (mrad). One rad (rd) is equivalent to 1000 millirad (mrad). According to many studies, exposing an unborn baby to more than 10 rad increases the chance of having congenital disabilities, learning disabilities, eye problems, childhood cancers, etc., in the babies. The musculoskeletal x-rays are the ones that are not directed to the abdomen or torso. The abdominal or torso area is much weaker during pregnancy and exposes the developing baby to only a small fraction of a rad (rd).
The approximate amount of radiation that an unborn baby obtains from the commonly ordered investigative x-rays includes –
It’s a rare case that a single diagnostic x-ray procedure exceeds 5 rad. It will require more than 5000 times of x-ray of your arm or legs to reach 5 rad of exposure to your unborn baby. Moreover, more than 50 chest x-rays get to 5 rad.
Most of the x-rays examinations, such as those of the arms, legs, head, teeth, or chest, don’t expose your reproductive organs to the direct x-ray beam. As a result, such procedures do not cause any harm or risk to the unborn child. However, during the lower torso – abdomen, stomach, pelvis, lower back, or kidneys x-rays; the baby in the womb might get exposed to the direct x-ray beam and can be more concerning.
The radiation used in diagnostic x-ray procedures might harm your unborn child. Your unborn child is susceptible to the effects, including radiation, certain drugs, excess alcohol, and infection. Your baby’s cells rapidly divide and grow into specialized cells and tissues. Radiations and other agents cause changes in the cells and might cause the risks of congenital disabilities or certain illnesses, such as leukemia, later in life to your baby. These congenital disabilities or other risky diseases might also occur if the mother is exposed to any known harmful agent during pregnancy. Doctors also believe that heredity and random errors during the development process are also responsible for the problems among new-borns.
The harm on the developing baby depends on –
Depending upon the radiation and the development stage of your baby may result in other serious issues such as –
To understand the risk associated with x-ray radiations, every pregnant woman must get proper consultation from their healthcare provider. Your doctors help you safely proceed and get assured throughout your pregnancy period. Even though there is little evidence that the diagnostic X-Rays harm your baby, your doctors are trained in such a way to reduce your exposure to radiation during pregnancy.
Here are a few guidelines that you may follow to protect your child from x-ray radiations during pregnancy –
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