Why My Next MRI Scan Is Particularly Gut-Wrenching

November 20, 2018 2 Comments
Sarah Gaffney-Lang at Manchester Art Gallery

Why My Next MRI Scan Is Particularly Gut-Wrenching

November 20, 2018 2 Comments

It’s that time again. Tomorrow I’m having an MRI scan.

It was originally planned for September, but with me being pregnant (and having had quite a rocky first trimester – maybe I’ll talk more about that on Instagram Stories since I don’t want this space to morph into a mummy blog) delaying it until now was considered sensible by all.

There’s scanxiety and there’s being five months pregnant about to have an overdue MRI scan let me tell you. I’m there. And it’s not the best place to be.

Sarah Gaffney-Lang at Manchester Art Gallery
Photo – Buzz Photographic

The stakes feel higher

I’m not going to lie – I’m the most anxious I’ve ever been about a scan. Being pregnant, it suddenly feels like it’s not just about me anymore. I mean of course it never really was, but now, the outcome will affect my unborn baby too. The stakes are much much higher and I *could* ramble on about all the possible scenarios, but to be honest, it doesn’t tend to help.

MRI scans during pregnancy

I’ve also been worrying about the baby though – what with the deafening clunks, bleeps and whirrs of the scan machine, and being flat on my back (sidenote: after around 16 weeks we preggos are warned against lying on our backs because the baby presses on the vein that returns blood from your lower body (bump size dependant I imagine) – affecting the oxygen supply to both of you). 

When I asked about being horizontal for a good half an hour at this stage, the midwife said that: “It should be OK”.

Does that sound a little bit non-committal to you?

I’ve been reassured by everyone I’ve asked (only a few hundred times!!) that MRI scans during pregnancy are completely safe. And I’ll be off the contrast dye from now until after the baby is born (every cloud, eh!).

I certainly won’t be the first pregnant lady in The Christie’s Radiotherapy department, and I’m sure they’ll be fully geared up to adjusting things if necessary. But you know, the preoccupation is there, taking up a sliver or two of brain space.

At least I’ve had my nails done today… priorities and all that.

I’m a big believer in the power of the Game Face – and for me, it comes in the form of Pillar-box red fingernails and lips.

I’ll see you lovely lot on the other side. Wish me luck!!

Sar x


  • Katherine November 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Cannot get close to how you must be feeling today Sarah and hoping that it goes well for you. We’ll be thinking of you xx

    • SarahGaffney November 21, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Thank you Kathrine xx

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