Mobile Radiation and Pregnancy - A (Dangerous) Combination
Your cellphone is one of the most important devices in your life. You use it to do everything from scheduling doctor’s appointments to possibly reading this very text. But if you’re expecting a baby, it’s probably going to drop a notch on the importance ladder.
Many people worry about mobile radiation in pregnancy and what, if any, danger cell phones present. In this article, we’ll discuss what the latest research reveals and what you should do to minimize risks.
Cell Phone Radiation Effects on Pregnancy
The good news is that there is no conclusive evidence that mobile radiation during pregnancy will harm an unborn child. The bad news is that there isn’t any conclusive evidence it’s totally safe either.
There’s no ethical way to design a study that tests the effects of radiation on fetuses. So, any evidence for or against it is, by definition, observational. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t compelling reasons to worry.
For instance, one longitudinal study in Denmark examined the correlation between cell phone use during pregnancy and the development of behavioral problems in children later in life. The researchers discovered that the children of the mothers who used cell phones more were more likely to have emotional and hyperactivity problems by the time they entered school.
In another study examining mobile radiation in pregnancy, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found more alarming results. Expectant mothers’ with higher cell phone usage were associated with preterm birth and shorter pregnancies.
However, there may be another reason for concern. Not just for mothers but for all cell phone users. In 2019, radiofrequency testing of various popular phone models revealed some of them exceed the radiation limits established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although these standards are outdated, they still suggest the FCC is not holding manufacturers accountable.
Pregnancy and Phone Radiation - What to Do to Stay Safe?
Since there are no official guidelines about using cell phones and pregnancy, you’ll have to take matters into your own hands. And there are many good ways to minimize the effects of cell phone radiation on yourself as well as your baby.
- Use radiation-blocking cell phone covers and shields.
One of the best ways to neutralize cell phone radiation with minimal effort is to start using a radiation shield. It stops the lion’s share of electromagnetic radiation coming from the device and doesn’t affect your reception.
- Keep the phone away from your body.
You want to make sure there’s at least three feet between your phone and your body, because the effects of cell phone radiation are stronger the closer the device is to you. You can use hands-free devices to make calls and keep it safely stored while it’s not in use.
- Download audio and video instead of streaming.
Streaming generates high levels of RF radiation, so avoid it whenever possible.
Minimize Mobile Phone Harmful Effects on Pregnancy
Unfortunately, there isn’t enough information to have incontrovertible guidelines about cell phone use during pregnancy. That means it’s up to you to take safety matters into your own hands. Making a few changes and following simple habits can substantially reduce your and your baby’s exposure to harmful cell phone radiation.