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boy with phoneIf you're not already paranoid enough about what you eat, drink, and breathe, along comes another study to freak out pregnant moms. Researchers at Yale said they found that radiation from cell phones could cause behavior problems in children down the line. 

Sound familiar? Yes, it's not the first study to link behavior and prenatal exposure to cell phones. We've heard it all before, though the researchers in this latest study say, "This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior." They found mice that were exposed to the radiation in the womb had more symptoms of ADHD -- they were more hyperactive and anxious and had poorer memories. Eeek!

So does that mean that when we pick up the prenatal vitamins, we now really need to ditch the phones or deal with out-of-control children down the line? 

Don't go get a land line just yet ... 

Others say while the information is "provocative" mice and humans are pretty different and that (of course) more research needs to be done. Dr. F. Sessions Cole told ABC: "There's been a lot of work on this subject, and it's been pretty exhaustively demonstrated that cell phone radiation does not affect human health."

Professor Katya Rubia, a neuroscientist also from the Institute of Psychiatry, said: ''The extrapolation of the behavioral and brain effects of prenatal mobile phone exposure in mice to human ADHD and its increase in our society is alarmist and unjustified

Sigh. So once again we're left with something that may or may not harm the future health of our children. Even if we choose to go with the side that says it's probably not dangerous, there's always that little nagging feeling of what if? once these issues are raised. I suppose putting down one's cell phone isn't the worst thing you'd have to do, but it's really just one less thing pregnant women need to worry about.

It's great that science is researching such important topics and looking for answers. I just wish their answers were a little more scientific than subjective.

Do you/did you use a cell phone while pregnant? Will this study or any of the others change your ways?

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LoSawyer LoSawyer

I've got three (awesome) boys and the one that does have ADHD, just so happens to be the one I had before I owned a cell phone AND he has an excellent memory. So, no, I don't think I have much faith in this "research".

cek302 cek302

What does this mean? If I carry a phone in my pocket, purse or just live in modern society where someone has a phone within 10 feet of me at all times? Not very informative. 

Sierr... SierraLynn

Next their going to have pregnant women afraid of their own shadow.


nonmember avatar Kay

When will people learn the difference between radiation and radiowaves? Phones operate on the same frequency as baby monitors. I'm fed up of these ridiculous statements

Melis... Melissa042807

Oh good grief. It's always SOMETHING. Please don't tell my paranoid in-laws who make all their cell phone calls on speaker (even in public!) so they can hold their phones away from their heads because they're so afraid of radiation. We pregnant women don't need anyone breathing down our necks about one more stupid thing. 

nonmember avatar brittney

I always felt like it wasn't a good thing to carry my phone in my pocket or purse for extended periods while pregnant. I just set it in the car or hand it to my husband if he is there. I still talk on it and use it, just try to not get it so close to my belly.

CPN322 CPN322

I have ADHD and a poor memory and there were definitely no cell phones when my mother was pregnant with me....

jessi... jessicasmom1

I do not think there is a connection between this IMO

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