I didn't have a cell phone until I got pregnant. I always hated the things, but having one made me feel safe when I was out alone. I knew I could call my husband from anywhere in case of an emergency and, of course, I wanted to be able to call him if I went into labor.
In some circles, cell phones have a bad rap—and not just because teens are texting at the dinner table. Some researchers say that young kids and babies shouldn't talk on them because there may be a link between cell phone use and brain cancer.
What about babies in utero? Can they be affected by their mother's cell phone use?
According to a study published last July in Epidemiology, they can. Researchers found that pregnant women who used cell phones (which generate low levels of non-ionizing radiation) were more likely to have children with behavior issues after birth than mothers who rarely or never used cell phones.
However, the researchers said that while their research shows a connection between cell phone use and behavior problems, it could just be that moms who spend a lot of time on their cell phones, don't spend a lot of time with their kids (and that could be what caused the behavioral problems).
Still, the long-term affects of cell phone use in general aren't really known. The Food and Drug Administration says, "The available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated with using wireless phones. There is no proof, however, that wireless phones are absolutely safe. Some studies have suggested that some biological effects may occur, but such findings have not been confirmed by additional research."
There's no need to toss out your cell phone, but if you're concerned there are some things you can do:
1. Use a land line whenever possible.
2. Send text messages instead of making phone calls
3. Use a headset or a wireless Bluetooth device, which emits less radiation than the actual cell phone.
Are you worried about your cell phone's affect on your baby or will you continue to use it as much as you always did?