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Pregnant women are in danger of radiation

Twice as much as they were a decade ago. This of course leads to health risks.

Although the total amount of radiation exposure to pregnant women is still relatively low, the doubling effect in just a decade is the latest indicator that medical scans are exposing patients to record amounts of ionizing radiation, a type of radiation that can alter cells and lead to health risks, including cancer.

Of course, as the article states, there are times when it’s better for pregnant women to get the scans to help their health, but the general population of pregnant women shouldn’t need these scans.

This is why I’ve always been a fan of the midwife. And if I have any children, I plan on having a midwife. Much less medicine and machines. Hospitals look at pregnant women as having a disability. I read an interesting article awhile ago that talked about how hospitals either looked at pregnant women as a machine or disable. Or both. I think that definitely true. All this talk of scans and radiation irks me a little, and makes me realize even more that the hospital isn’t always the best route. For me, at least. I’m not here to make decisions for anyone else.

But to all pregnant women, ask your doctors about the alternatives to the scans!

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  1. laiven
    November 27, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    I used to write for a pregnancy magazine and it’s not just hospitals that look at pregnant women as diseased. Watch TLC or any birth in a movie. Pregnancy and birth are natural things.

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