It is very important that pregnant women are aware of the risks and dangers of the radiation that they are and can be exposed to on a daily basis. If not all, most pregnant women are exposed to radiation from necessary medical procedures, workplace exposure and diagnostic or therapeutic interventions. We are constantly exposed to small amounts of radiation every day, from both natural and man-made sources such as the sun or microwave oven.\r\n\r\n\r\nProtecting Yourself from Radiation during Pregnancy\r\nDo you know why pregnant women are advised to have ultrasound scans instead of getting X-rays or CT scans? That\u2019s because these tests use a special type of X-ray equipment and powerful computers to create pictures of the inside of your body. Unlike the ultrasound, these tests use radiation in order to function and that would mean exposing you and your unborn baby to it.\r\n\r\nIf your job requires you to work with radiation, then it\u2019s time to talk to your boss and inform them of your pregnancy. That may be able to change your responsibilities at work in order to protect you and your unborn baby from such dangers.\r\n\r\n\r\nImpacts of Radiation on You and Your Baby during Pregnancy\r\nA mother\u2019s body usually protects the baby from most radiation that she\u2019s exposed to daily during pregnancy. Babies who are born to mothers exposed to low amounts of radiation during pregnancy are less like to at risk for birth defects.\r\n\r\nA birth defect is a health condition babies have at birth, it changes the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. This can cause various problems such as to the baby\u2019s overall health, development and how the body works.\r\n\r\nBreathing or swallowing radioactive materials during pregnancy, it could get into your bloodstream and pass through the umbilical cord to your baby. There are also possibilities where it builds up in areas of your baby that are close to your womb like your bladder.\r\n\r\nThe impacts it can have on your baby depends on the amount of radiation your body takes in, the type of radiation and the amount of time you\u2019re in contact with it. Babies are most sensitive to radiation between 2 to 18 weeks of pregnancy. Exposure to radiation can:\r\n\r\n \tSlow down your baby\u2019s growth\r\n \tCause birth defects\r\n \tAffect your baby\u2019s brain development\r\n \tCause cancer in your baby\r\n \tCause miscarriage, the death of a baby in the womb before 20 weeks of pregnancy\r\n\r\nYou may not feel sick if you happen to be exposed to huge amounts of radiation. However, it can cause severe problems in your baby. Besides that, you might also show signs of radiation sickness such as:\r\n\r\n \tVomiting, diarrhoea and bloody stools\r\n \tFatigue\r\n \tHair loss\r\n\r\nThe first thing you should do when you are exposed to a large amount of radiation is to contact your health care provider immediately.\r\n\r\nFor more similar articles, please visit Motherhood.com.my.