Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Q&A: Are X-rays safe while pregnant?

I’m 18 weeks pregnant and I recently injured my foot. I’m afraid to get x-rays while pregnant, but I’m also afraid of ignoring my foot injury. What should I do?

Re: I’m 18 weeks pregnant and I recently injured my foot. I’m afraid to get x-rays while pregnant, but I’m also afraid of ignoring my foot injury. What should I do?

The Bump Expert Of course, you’d rather be safe than sorry and skip getting your foot x-rayed, but you might be acting overly cautious. It’s usually safe to get certain x-rays while pregnant. For your own peace of mind, visit your doctor first and see if a diagnosis can be made without an x-ray. If not, just make sure to alert the medical staff that you’re pregnant so they can give you a protective shield. Most diagnostic x-rays (abdominal, dental, and chest x-rays) don’t overexpose the fetus to radiation. The dangerous range for a fetus -- meaning where you risk mental retardation and eye abnormalities -- is 10 rads (rads are the unit of measurement for absorbed radiation). But it’s rare for a single or a group of diagnostic x-rays to be more than 5 rads. A chest x-ray, for example, is 60 millirads. During the course of an average pregnancy, a mother and her fetus are exposed to 90 to 100 millirads just from natural radiation from sources like the sun. Also, your foot is nowhere near your reproductive organs, so that also makes the procedure less risky.

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Q&A: Are X-rays safe while pregnant?

I am a x-ray tech and currently 5 months pregnant. All you have to do is take proper precautions for sheilding. If you get a x-ray and you are worried ask for 2 shields rather than 1.

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Q&A: Are X-rays safe while pregnant?

I am a chiropractor and we use x-ray in our office. Although we don't x-ray pregnant mamas, there are instances where an x-ray may be the prudent choice--such as a traumatic injury where a fracture is suspected. Luckily for you, your injury is far away from your uterus. Wear a full size lead apron while having the films taken. X-ray creates free radical oxidation in the tissue so, the best thing to do after getting a set of x-rays is to drink/eat high antioxidant foods/drinks. Also, let the doctor/x-ray tech know that you are pregnant and ask if they can be conservative with the number of films they take. Legally, they must take two views of an area but they do not have to take more than that. Many times, MDs will shoot 6 or 8 or so. One more thing, there are other ways to check for fracture such as percussion and using tuning forks. Ask your doctor about starting with conservative measures.

cjstanleys |

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