Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

They can. Mutations are sometimes caused by ionizing radiation (x-rays, ct-scans) applied to the maternal abdomen/pelvis during early pregnancy (4-12 weeks, before most women realize they are pregnant!). The mechanism is damage to the embryonic dna by the radiation beam. As most pregnant women get x-rays to other parts of their body with lead apron over their abdomen, the practical risk is close to zero.
No. The present x- ray procedures are not implicated in specific defects.We do try to avoid x-rays to male or female sex organs out of caution.Each of us is subject to daily gamma radiation from the sun & years of it may be reflected in the increasing frequency of chromosome defects as a woman ages. Since defective sperm don't swim as well, age doesn't seem to affect older male's offspring as much.
No. The small dose of radiation in x-rays do not cause birth defects. In fact, most diagnostic imaging studies do not expose the fetus to enough radiation to cause birth defects. It is still prudent to shield the pelvis and abdomen in any case if the imaging needs to be done and the area to be imaged does not include where the baby is.

Related Questions

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Not likely. No particular cause has been associated with autism but a combination of factors may contribute. Severe emotional stress during pregnancy however may result in factors that may contribute to poor maternal health with resultant low birth and prematurity. These in turn may contribute to factors that may negatively impact a baby cognitively. Read more...
Stress. Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. Read more...
No, but a new study. Shows it's associated with an increased risk of your child's being bullied at school, oddly enough. Any thing that harmfully impacts your ability to bond with your baby or causes you post-partum depression can impact your baby's development & social interaction. Read more...

Can doxycycline and tetracycline taken in first five weeks of pregnancy cause birth defects?

No. They are usually avoided in pregnancy but not a problem for the fetus in the first 12-18 wks. Read more...
MEDS IN PREGNANCY. Both Doxycycline and tetracycline fall in pregnancy safety category-d. It means: there is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the potential benefits from the use of the drug in pregnant women may be acceptable despite its potential ricks (e.g. If the drug is needed in life threatening situation or for a serious disease for which safer drugs can't be used or are ineffective). Read more...

Is it true that raising your heart rate over 140bpm when in early stages of pregnancy/pregnancy cause birth defects due to decreased blood to fetus?

No. That used to be a misnomer, but has since been proved false. Recent studies and statements by the american college of ob/gyn have stated that women in otherwise good health can and should get their heart rates elevated in pregnancy through moderate exercise. The key is to stay super hydrated. Exercise is great in pregnancy. Read more...

Can Lamotrigine cause birth defects during pregnancy.

Category C. It's pregnancy category C, which means in high doses in lab animals, there are issues with pregnancy, but in humans at normal doses, there has been no adverse effect. It is therefore safe in pregnancy if needed. It is not safe for breastfeeding. Read more...
Small risks. Lamotrigine is considered one of the 'safer' drugs in it's class for use during pregnancy, although it is still considered a Pregnancy Class C drug, warranting cautious use. There have been studies showing a slightly increased risk of neonatal cleft lip/palate with first trimester use, especially at high doses. Read more...

Do morning-after pills cause birth defects in future pregnancy?

No. The morning after pill only prevents impantation of any possible fertilized eggs; it has nothing to do with any other effects and cannot be blamed for future pregnancy birth defects. 2-4% of all pregnancies will have a major or minor birth defect - don't let your possible second thoughts after using the Plan B method trap your mind in guilt trips. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg/day to prevent birth defect. Read more...

Will stress and anxiety cause any birth defects in pregnancy? I'm 3 and a half months pregnant. Feel better now but now worried if baby is okay?

Yes and no. Stress or anxiety per se will not cause a birth defect. However if you do not take care of yourself, if you don;t rest, don't sleep, don't eat right, don't gain appropriate weight that can effect the baby and its growth. Make sure you have people you can talk to that can help you when in need. Best of luck with your pregnancy. Read more...

How much potato can actually cause birth defect? I heard potato contains solanine. I usually eat 5 potatos a week in my first few weeks of pregnancy

Blighted Tots = bad. Avoid greenish potatoes - they have solamine the problem is a blight. Five may be a fair amount, but if they are healthy it should be okay. Cut back to avoid anxiety - it can do more harm than a potato. Read more...
No cause-effect. Must be an old wives tale. No scientific base. Read more...