What Would Happen If?
I had an X ray before I knew I was pregnant?
There's no cause for concern. Experts believe that only if you were exposed to a large dose of radiation -- like 20 abdominal X rays -- could there be potential harm to the fetus.
I drank wine before I knew I was pregnant?
If you had a glass or two of wine several times a week, most likely the baby will be fine. The key is to stop drinking now.
In most cases, you'll be fine because the baby is swathed in amniotic fluid, which protects it.
I had to sit through an evening in a smoke-filled room?
Once or twice shouldn't be a big deal, but it's a cause for concern if it happens a lot.
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