Jump to content

X-ray whilst pg?


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

I had upper and lower jaw surgery over 2 years ago and my ortho wants to do the final Xrays. Also my surgeon will want to do his Xrays as well to make sure nothing has moved etc...

Sorry if it sounds like a stupid question - but I honestly have no idea if you can have an Xray when you are pg. Can you or is it advised not to?

My appointment with the Ortho is on the 7th and my next u/s is on the 10th (to see if my little one still has a heart beat) and I will be 9w3d pg.

I  have no problems with cancelling the appointments if there is a problem.



#2 elmo_mum

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:02 PM

because its such a localised x ray, should be ok

just let em know beforehand
and make sure u wear a lead apron

#3 MuminMtEliza

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:02 PM

I've had xrays whilst pregnant but it was later in the pregnancy. I remember them commenting that they preferred not to do X-rays early on in the pregnancy as the baby was developing. Give the X-ray place a call - I imagine they would prefer not to do them early on in a pregnancy if not essential however as it would be your face, not abdomen, they might be happy to do them. Fingers crossed that your u/s shows a strong heartbeat. Good luck.

#4 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

I should also mention the xrays are done at the ortho's office. So i wouldn't have a clue if they'd have a lead apron

#5 gab72

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

I think if its something that you can postpone, then do. Just to be on the safe side. x

#6 Domestic Goddess

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

I had an X-ray done of my chest, much closer to bub, after being electrocuted at 23 weeks. I got blown 2 meters away and landed on my back. So I had no choice.
They had a special lead apron that they put over my tummy to protect bubs against radiation.

Though with a jaw X-ray, it isn't as close to bub as a chest X-ray. But if you're worried, ask if they have a similar apron to put over your tummy just in case.

#7 laridae

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

You can, but its not recommended.
Call them and tell them you are pregnant.  The should be able to advise you if its important enough to risk it or not.

FWIW, I needed an x-ray while pregnant as they were going to take my wisdom teeth out - they decided it wasn't worth the risk and I had to wait until after.

#8 lozoodle

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

I wouldnt risk it unless unavoidable.

I had a dentist refuse last pregnancy and this pregnancy my dd had to have a foot x ray and i had to wait behind a screen.

#9 Katie_bella

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

Speak to your surgoen, they may be happy to wait until after bubs is born.

If not, don't stress, they will put a lead apron over your tummy. (yes they will have one of these, even if the xray machine is just in your surgeons rooms, they have to)

#10 BJBubbles

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

I echo what PP"s have said.  Call the specialists, tell them your pregnant and get their opinion.

Especially given what you've been through, and are still going through, personally I would probably put it off - at least until later in the pregnancy, but preferably until after...

FWIW, my dentist doesn't do mouth x-rays (and he uses the new fancy digital ones) when you are PG, or even if you think you might be pregnant!

Good luck
xox

#11 glasnost

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

I was worried about having an x-ray at the dentist during early pregnancy (before I realised I was pregnant) and I read some where that you would get more radiation on a plane ride to Europe than in a modern dental x-ray. I would agree with PPs though that if it isn't urgent I would put it off at least until after baby arrives or later in pregnancy when there is less risk of birth defects however I definitely wouldn't be overly worried if they tell you that you need to have it.

#12 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

If they need to do an X-ray, they will. They will just use precautions like a lead apron over your belly. If it can wait 9 months, they will generally prefer to wait though.

FWIW, I was a vet nurse when I unexpectedly fell pregnant with my first. I didn't realise I was pregnant until I was about 9 weeks and had been doing loads of X-rays at work (i used to develop them manually too, with all the nasty chemicals). I freaked about it how many times I had exposed my baby to X-rays, but my GP and the hospital ob's all told me not to worry and that it was fine. Given your situation though, I'd choose to wait a little while.

#13 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:38 PM

Thanks everyone - have decided to cancel the appointment and do it later. original.gif

#14 Justaduck

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

I had to have on, but it was at 31 weeks. I had been having bad chest pains and they needed to rule out pneumonia. I was really apprehensive being that the lower part of the xray was near bub.

They gave me the lead thing to hold over my belly & told me that I would get more radiation in a plane ride from Bris - Mel that I would from the chest x-ray. They did tell me though that it was nowhere near as risky in the third trimester as the developing has mainly been completed...where as in the first a lot is still going on




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Decluttering before Christmas: tips for managing the toy influx

Deciding how many toys you want to keep and enforcing a limit can help manage the sheer volume of playthings.

86-year-old taught himself to knit, now makes caps for premature babies

'Anything is possible if you put your mind to it' might just be the motto of 86 year-old retiree, Ed Moseley who despite his age and abilities has been gifting handmade knitted caps to premature babies.

Want healthy kids? Let them play in the mud, feed them allergenic foods - and get a dog

If you read about children's health, you've heard a lot of this before.

Photo captures mum's shock at delivery room surprise

Life can be full of surprises, but for this couple a surprise came in a very unexpected way.

Baby's family in law suit over RAAF base chemicals

A 10-month-old baby has been exposed to significant levels of toxic chemicals around a RAAF base near Newcastle, say his parents.

Childcare worker investigated after threatening toddler's mother

An early childhood teacher has been censured for serious misconduct after she threatened the mother of a young child.

Scottish baby names

Scotland, the wind and water-hewn land of the loch, the kilt and the heather. Bedecked in castles great and small, there are many Australians with Scottish heritage who could look to that fair country for baby name inspiration.

Do we need more parking spaces for parents?

The Give Me Space campaign is collecting stories from mums who have had difficult experiences while trying to find safe parking.

Gender neutral parenting: what it's really like

If you want to take a leaf out of Clare's book in gender neutral parenting, her advice is simple: "Follow the children's lead, and you can't go wrong."

The vital question no parent wants to think about

Since becoming a mother I sometimes wonder what would happen to my babies if their dad and I both died.

6 parents to stop judging right now

It's worth looking a little more closely at some common parenting missteps. Could it be these mums and dads are really just like you and me?

Ryan Reynolds shares delivery room tips for expectant dads

If your partner is heading to the delivery room any time soon, you've got to see Ryan Reynolds' video on dealing with the intricacies of the delivery room.

The trials and tribulations of teenage mums, 10 years later

Having her first baby at 16 was a shock for Simone Miller, but it's not something she regrets.

Grandma falls head over heels for baby - literally

Usually Valerie Sharp's plan to put her granddaughter into her cot works just fine, but when things go wrong it is hilarious.

My toddler wants all my attention all of the time - help!

This is a stage, and you and she will move through it. I can (almost) promise it.

Cotton On KIDS' cute new baby prewalker shoes

Oh watch out folks, Cotton On KIDS' baby range has just become even cuter with the release of its first ever prewalker shoe collection.

Why I love the superhero phase

My twins are heading towards three and have officially entered the superhero phase. It happened almost overnight.

I'm caught in a 'mumpetition' with my friend and I'm losing it

My best friend and I had children within a year of each other. She thinks her child is God's gift to the world.

A year of motherhood: my survival story

Motherhood burns you down, but it rebuilds you too.

Five traps to be aware of when reading IVF clinic websites

Clinics provide IVF success rates in often confusing ways because there is no agreed format on how this information should be presented.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

What pregnancy is really like: mums share their honest opinions

We asked real women what surprised them during their pregnancy. They've shared their experiences in the hope of preparing the rest of us better for the ride

The truth about big-headed babies

Research suggests that big headed babies become more intelligent than their smaller peers. One mum shares the positives and negatives of having a big headed baby.

How to encourage your baby's gross motor development skills

There are some everyday things that parents can do to improve gross motor skills and coordination.

'My baby's extra thumb saved her life'

A mum whose daughter was born with an extra thumb says that the extra digit saved her life.

He gave her his liver, she gave him her heart

Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey's origin story began in a darker place than most: with stage 4 liver cancer.

Toilet training from birth? It is possible

This method, called elimination communication (EC or assisted infant toilet training), is becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Watch hilarious montage of strangest pregnancy questions on Yahoo Answers

Some of the strangest questions about pregnancy - and some of the most bizarre spelling - have made for a hilarious video.

How to reduce your chances of perineal tearing in birth

The use of heat packs, along with other aspects of clinical care, can reduce your risk of tearing in birth.

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.