Just found out I was pregnant! Very excited but having a few concerns over some of the things I did in the last month. Please may I have you thoughts on these: - I had a dental x-ray (they asked if I was pregnant and I said no) - Have been having some very hot baths - Have been taking Bach rescue remedy because I am having trouble sleeping and a couple of the other Bach remedies - Have taken valerian root before bedtime (for the same reason)
Are these really bad in the scheme of things? Especially worried about the x-ray.
Glad to know the bath issue would have been immediate. They just say "avoid" so I struggle with whether some of these things cause problems straight away or some could cause damage to the growing baby.
Before I found out I was pregnant, I had surgery under GA, x rays, drank copious amounts of red bull everyday, and took tramadol everyday. Had hot baths, drunk alcohol, smoked an e-cig. The poster child for what not to do when you're pregnant.
Currently at 24 weeks and baby is kicking away, no harm done to her, which I'm relieved about! I didnt find out I was pregnant until 12 weeks, and stopped it all right away!
Most woman do things they're not supposed to before they know they're pregnant, try not to worry about it now.
I worked briefly in a radiation protection dept in a hospital and did the analysis for women who had x - rays whilst pregnant. The 1st month or so (up to 6 weeks) the baby is fairly unaffected by x - rays (and alcohol) after that the risk is quite high during weeks 7-12. However the dose is very low - the biggest risk is from say a pelvic CT scan but even a plane x - ray of the stomach does not have much dose. We used to compare it to a stay in Cornwall to reassure them. (Unfortunately I cannot remember how different scans compared to Cornwall.) A dental x - ray would have minimal dose to the baby.
They also do occasionally still x - ray pregnant women if the benefits out weigh the risks. e.g in a bad car accident when there is a severe head injury. But they would try and find a radiation free technique if they could.
Please don't worry or speak to the local radiation protection so they can give you a risk estimate and reassure you.
No, but the background radiation is much higher down there compared to the rest of the uk but people don't (and shouldn't) worry about holidays or living down there when pregnant so it gives people something to help balance their perception of risk. If you compare an x - ray to a fortnight in Cornwall it should reassure them.