How You Cook Your Food Could Give Your Baby Asthma

pregnant cookingNo wonder asthma rates are skyrocketing!! A new study found that high exposure to electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by microwaves and other household appliances, more than triples the chances of a child developing asthma. Aha!! I knew it! Everybody laughed at me when I refused to stand in front of the microwave during my pregnancies, but I was right!

Of course, my own sense of personal vindication aside, this isn't exactly what I'd call good news. After all, avoiding electricity altogether isn't as simple a prenatal lifestyle change as, say, giving up coffee or tequila.

Sure, you can scurry away from the microwave when it's turned on like I did and hold hair dryers "away from your stomach," as the researchers suggest (they also offer the exceedingly helpful solution of switching to battery-powered appliances, which is super-doable, no?).


But short of taking a time machine back to the days of Little House on the Prairie, there's not a heck of a lot else moms-to-be can do besides accept the unfortunate fact that the entire world is hazardous to our babies' health.

I'm not trying to be all Debbie Downer here -- really, I'm not. Quite the opposite, in fact. My point is that there is virtually nothing on this planet that hasn't been linked in some way or another to in utero damage: Pollution, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, even our own emotions. It's good to know the facts and take precautions whenever possible, but if we took every new study seriously, we'd drive ourselves absolutely insane. (I was going to say, "we'd never leave the house," but then I remembered that microwaves and other appliances are in the house, so I guess being inside isn't any less scary than being outside.)

So ultimately, I think the take-home message here (as with most initially alarming-sounding studies) is to be mindful of going overboard with exposure to electromagnetic fields during pregnancy, but not to give yourself a panic attack every time you re-heat a cup of coffee. Right?

Do you think the link between microwaves and asthma is anything to freak out about?


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