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X-rays when pg?

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angedemarche Sat 25-Jun-05 16:28:17

Just wondering if anyone could answer a wee query. I was at the dentist yesterday and they took an X-ray of one of my front teeth. I did a pg test last night which was +ve. Is having an X-ray really really bad and should I be worried?

charleepeters Sat 25-Jun-05 16:30:40

no not if it was og your teeth - ihad 4 chest x-rays whilst i was pg and 2 radioactive scans of my chest so i wouldnt worry if it was just the once and of your head not your stomach just mention it to your dentist in future

Janh Sat 25-Jun-05 16:34:16

They should have asked you if you could be pg, and offered you a lead apron - bit naughty, that.

However:

<<It has been shown in studies that exposure to over 10 rads (the unit of measurement for absorbed radiation) has been shown to increase the risks for mental retardation and eye abnormalities in an unborn baby. For this reason it is important to know about any x-ray your doctor or dentist proposes and to discuss any risks with them.

The most important thing to consider in regard to x-rays and pregnancy is that there are different types of x-rays, each with differing amounts of radiation. In general, most diagnostic x-rays don't expose your baby to more than 5 rads. Dental x-rays, for example, will expose your baby to approximately 0.01 millirads. In other words, you would need to have 100,000 dental x-rays for your baby to receive 1 rad, and 1,000,000 dental x-rays to reach the dangerous level of 10 rads. To put int all into perspective, your baby will be exposed to about 100 millirads of natural radiation from the sun and the earth while you are pregnant.>>

That's from here - reassuring, I hope - the baby will get 10,000 times as much radiation from the sun and earth while you are pg as from one dental X-ray.

Congratulations btw

angedemarche Sat 25-Jun-05 16:39:04

Still feel a bit worried. I really don't think that it is the dentists fault I was there 2 weeks ago for my check up and I signed a sheet saying that I wasn't pregnant. To be honest even if they had asked me yesterday I truely would have said that I wasn't becuase it has come as a bit of a surprise!
Thanks for the reassurance.
Also feeling bad cos I was out drinking on Saturday night. I did a test before I went out just incase, one of the first response tests, and it was -ve... but it must have been a day early!
I'm just a bit of a worrier.
Ta again XxX

gigglinggoblin Sat 25-Jun-05 17:26:57

my grandma had several xrays dont of the baby when she was pg cos they didnt have ultrasound then, he was fine

as for drinking.....i drank about 30 units 5 nights per week for the first 10 weeks of being pg with ds1 - i didnt realise i was pg and just carried on as normal. he was 9lb 13 so pretty dure it didnt stunt his growth (but very happy if it did )

everyone worries but i dont think it will make an ounce of difference. good luck and congrats!

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