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x-ray while pregnant

I went to the doctor two weeks ago for digestion problems I have been having and so the doctor gave me an x-ray. While i was waiting for the results the doctor comes in and tells me i was pregnant. Im consern about this because i always thought that X-rays are harmful to the fetus my question is Is that true?
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1901977 tn?1333995326
They could be. It was an abdominal X-ray? You really need to talk to your doctor to see what the risks are.
2011481 tn?1374266267
The radiation that the x-rays give off can be harmful.  Although... while pregnant with my first child I crushed (all bones were smashed up) my big toe.  With this I had to have multiple x-rays to make sure I was healing properly.  My son turned out just fine.  

Dont stress out too much.... I am sure nothing will happen to your baby.  Hope you have a healthy and happy 9 months!!
1901977 tn?1333995326
I think the difference is that an abdominal X-ray would expose the fetus to X-rays directly...I'm assuming your abdomen was shielded in your foot X-rays because you knew you were pregnant. I had a chest X-ray to check my lungs late in the second trimester, but they double-shielded me, and yeah the baby seems fine. My X-ray tech said she worked there while she was pregnant, but always shielded herself from X-rays and her son was healthy and strong. Unshielded, direct exposure does have some risks though; only your doc and possibly the X-ray tech can tell you how much of a risk. I'm not sure how much of a risk it would be if you're pretty early in the pregnancy. Before I had my X-ray I did some research, the most vulnerable period for the baby is between weeks 10 and 17.
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I.wouldn't stress, one set of x-rays shouldn't harm.your baby. But talk to.your Dr just in case
2011481 tn?1374266267
Hey... actually I didn't know I was pregnant when it happened.  I found out after.  My doctors actually wanted to test me for Osteoperosis (sp?) because of the bones breaking.  Thinking back - forgot about this one - but right after I was pregnant, I broke 2 of my ribs as well and had x-rays on them and still nothing happened.  

I am not going to say that you should have x-rays all the time when you are pregnant, because too much exposure would effect the baby.  Although, what i am saying, is that one x-ray should not do anything to the baby, and she should be in the clear.  That's all.
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Im.an xray tech and ot can have harmful effects but if they only did a couple on u then the baby should be fine. I wouldn't worry about it. Im pregnant and i have to have a chest xray last month. Im sure your baby will.be just fine.
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