Pregnancy and X-rays

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I just found out I am pregnant today and became worried after I realized I have had two x-rays in the past two weeks. I have had dental x-rays and a foot x-ray.

Is this harmful to my baby? Thank you.

ANSWER

Usually, women are shielded with a lead apron for dental x-rays, and that protects any unborn fetus. Even if you were not shielded for the foot x-ray, it is unlikely to have harmed your baby, as these are very targeted and unlikely to affect the pelvis.

But this is a reminder that if you have had unprotected intercourse, you should always assume that you could be pregnant, and avoid anything that might hurt your baby.

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.