Cellphone Radiation During Pregnancy CAN Harm Your Baby's Brain

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pregnantWhen you're pregnant, you probably take any and all precautions to be as safe and natural as you possibly can be. As you should -- you're growing a human inside of you! When I was preggers, I used only natural deodorants, as opposed to ones that actually work. I eliminated as many chemicals as I could from my cleaning and beauty products. And I totally didn't feel guilty spending 9 million dollars a day on organic, non-GMO, faerie-infused foodstuffs. But I did use my cellphone. It definitely felt a little "unnatural" doing so, as everybody knows cellphones emit low levels of radiation (and radiation + pregnancy = no bueno), but what are you supposed to do? Not use your phone at all? Actually, maybe. A new study from a big-brained doctor at Yale says, "Congrats on your pregnancy! Now go out and buy a rotary phone. Your iPhone is slowly sizzling your unborn child."

Well, the terminology was a little more professional than that, but the study does say that the use of cellphones during pregnancy does impact fetal brain development and may cause hyperactivity. Basically, a team of researchers conducted an experiment the way all researchers conduct experiments: With a cage of mice.

Scientists took two cages of pregnant mice. On one cage, they laid a cellphone that was turned on, and on the other, one that was turned off. When the babies from the cellphone cage were born, they were "bouncing off the walls," and their memories were slightly decreased. Lovely. 

Here's the thing. There's always going to a study telling pregnant women that something isn't good for them. And while they shouldn't be discounted, you basically have to pick and choose. You can't do everything all the time.

If you're generally taking care of yourself during your pregnancy and putting your baby-to-be first, you and your baby are going to be fine. (Note: I'm a blogger, not a doctor.) I wouldn't take naps with your cellphone resting on your stomach or anything, but it's probably a good idea to have a cellphone when you're pregnant -- even if it is off most of the time.

Use your brain -- even if it is soaking in a pool of hormones. If something seems weird and unnatural, don't do it. But don't make yourself crazy either. Google "stress pregnancy" right now. That can't be good either.

Did/do you use a cellphone while pregnant?

 

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Anais EpicRealist Owens

Well, this is obvious... obviously scary. Guess people need to cut down on chatting while preggo!

Deryni28 Deryni28

Yes I did use my cellphone. I had to call and tell my husband about the Doctor's appointments after I was done b/c he wasn't able to get off work to go with me. Then I of course had to call my mom. Plus if you are ever out somewhere by yourself and say have a flat tire... you aren't supposed to get down and fix it yourself. You'd have to call someone to do it.

Raechelle Barber

today it is bad for you, tomorrow they will be telling you to strap it to your tummy because it increases the chance of having a prodigy baby. i don't listen to half of the stuff i hear. eating fish, okay, bad. deli meat? meh. using a phone?! i figure if i am using it SO much that it is affecting my unborn i have bigger issues and need to look at what i am doing wrong in my life that i am strapped to my phone like it is an appendage of my head.

amazz... amazzonia

That's why mi kids are so smart, my cell phone or is lost or is without battery lol

Brianna Trumble

It's so ridiculous how much stuff is BAD for you when pregnant it makes you wonder how we are even still on the earth when 100 years ago they didn't do anything differently while pregnant. I had a cell phone through out my whole pregnancies with both my girls, neither are hyperactive nor do they have any brain damage. Unless it's tested on humans we can't know it's the right thing or not cause mice are not humans. Lets stop testing everything on animals then say it's the same for humans.

Katie Amblod

this is a crock of shit i used my cell phone 24/7 while i was pregnant and there is nothing wrong with my daughter she is very smart so i say bull shit on this

Angie... AngieHayes

I agree, cell phones totally release toxins that are bad for you. While I was pregnant I would always keep mine away from me and when I did speak on it, I would turn it on speaker. I actually still do this today though because it is just a good idea to keep devices like that at a distance. I also too spent way more at whole foods while I was pregnant, but I spend more now because I don't want my kids to eat GMO's, meat, or anything with words I can't say.... it was easier when all I had to do was think of me!

Claudia Jimena Sainz de Zenteno

I read that the cell phones emit a dangerous non-ionizing form of electromagnetic radiation; radiation which can be absorbed by the tissues and cells which come into close contact with the phone. That's why I decided to do something that reduce cell phone radiation levels for protect to my family.I found cases from Pong Research, I read that this technology reduces exposure to radiation while optimizing the mobile reception. I was skeptical about it, anyway, I decided to try it, because Pong is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

nonmember avatar PSA

Think about how much smarter your kids could be if you didnt use a cell phone if there supposibly fine? btw its the radiation and wifi wireless dirty electricy thats harmful not just talking on it

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