Answer to Question #7201 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:
My 14-month-old son had x rays done on both of his legs and I was holding him. Later I found out that I was two weeks pregnant when the x rays were taken. I was wearing a shield. I read that exposure to any levels of radiation in the first weeks of pregnancy can lead to birth defects. What should I do?
Thank you for your question. It is unlikely you received any radiation exposure since you were not in the beam and since you were wearing a lead apron.
What you read is not true. It takes a significant amount of radiation exposure to the embryo/fetus during those first weeks to cause birth defects—much more than the radiation exposure you would get even if you had the x-ray exams that your son had.
You need not do anything as far as any radiation exposure is concerned.
Certified Medical Health Physicist