You may require x-rays during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, or think you might be, inform your doctor or dentist. He or she will be able to determine whether the benefits of the x-ray outweigh the risks for you and the baby you are carrying. It may be possible to put off the x-ray until later or replace it with other tests. In some cases, it may be riskier not to have an important x-ray than to be exposed to the rays.

At your first prenatal visit, let your health professional know if you had any x-rays before learning you were pregnant. If you must have an x-ray while you’re pregnant, tell the medical technician that you are pregnant so that he or she takes all the possible safety precautions, like having you wear a lead apron, for example.