MRI and Fertile Window

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

MRI doesn’t involve any sort of radiation, so you should be fine. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yep – MRI is just a magnet – no harm in the TWW. Only concern later in pregnancy is that the MRI is LOUD and you can’t give a fetus hearing protection like what you’d wear, so it’s advised to avoid MRI if you can once pregnant. Good luck! I hope you get some answers!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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bananasareyellow:  interesting point. Hadn’t thought if that. And I offer fetal MRIs to pregnant women on a fairly regular basis. Wouldn’t all the amniotic fluid snd body tissue of mom serve as a hearing protection? Also, when I’ve had a MRI as an adult, I didn’t get any sort of ear protection because they needed to talk to me during the MRI. So I’m not sure how big of s concern the noise would be. But it’s really interesting and making me reconsider about my recommendations. Do you mind if I ask where you heard about the hearing concerns?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
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JenGirl:  Interesting! We use an MRI at the vet hospital I work at and they tell the pregnant techs not to do anesthesia out there for that reason (they are often in the MR suite with the dog/cat). I bet it’s the concern for repeat exposures (ie. daily for months during pregnancy) – from what you’ve experienced it doesn’t sound like the occasional MR would be cause to worry!

Post # 6
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bananasareyellow:  Ah ha! Repeat exposures totally makes sense. Whew. I was kind of nervous there for a minute! So, OP, sounds like a single MRI shouldn’t be a problem. But don’t do them daily throughout pregnancy. Hehehe. Not that you would be doing that…

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  JenGirl.
Post # 7
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Sugar bee

JenGirl:  Just a side note: liquid actually conducts sound waves better than air does, so it doesn’t protect the fetus from loud sounds (that’s why it’s not recommended that parents-to-be put headphones on Mom’s belly to play music for the baby – it can end up being a lot louder than they realize.) Again, a single exposure probably isn’t a big problem, but it’s a good idea not to have repeated exposure.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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KCKnd2:  very good point! 

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