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I didn't know! I'll have to keep it away!

I confess that I've used my phone to put music to baby, but I didn't know it was bad for baby!!!

Pregnant women may have something new to worry about: a new study suggests keeping a cellphone close to the belly could affect the unborn baby’s health.

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine studying mice found that exposure to cellphone radiation during pregnancy affected the offspring’s brain development and could cause hyperactivity and memory problems.

“It’s probably safer for a pregnant woman not to carry their cell phone clipped to their belt or sleep with the phone near their abdomen unless it’s turned off,” said study author .Dr. Hugh Taylor

“Fetuses’ developing brains are fragile and more vulnerable than adults, so it is prudent to keep the phone at a distance.”

The study, published Thursday in Scientific Reports, found the cellphone exposure affected the development of neurons in the same region of the brain responsible for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
“I also ask my pregnant patients not to stand in front of their microwaves directly, and when they carry their phones not to carry them on their waist,” said , head of urogynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.Dr. Jill Rabin
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Personally I don't think the occassional music from your cell phone is any worse then mucking around on this app every day or holding your child waiting for something to warm up in the microwave. Maybe see if there are any other recent studies supporting or refuting this study before making up your mind about how much is too much. I think you'll find your exposwd to a lot of low dose rradiation throughout your day.
9787569 tn?1416488772
It just amazes me that there all these studies that tell about how everything is harmful or causes cancer or diminishes life expectancy. It's amazing that people live past 40 with all this. I'm 33 and when my mother was pregnant with me, she did all kind of "dangerous" stuff and I'm just fine. You really have to be mindful of what you take away from these " studies."
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You are rude!!!
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I understand what you're saying feg90. I use to work in the cellular industry for a long time and have heard these claims before. I use my phone quite a bit through out the day, especially since I am not working and don't have a lot to do lately. I try to keep my phone off my belly but I think it's impossible to keep it away. They are pretty well protected in there but it does worry me as their brains are developing and it's an important time. I never carry my phone in my bra, I've seen and heard of cases of breast cancer from placing their phones next to their boobs. It's just one more thing we have to consider and possibly worry about :/
9070037 tn?1414636566
I do believe that too feg90. Anyone that want to have a healthy baby will avoid anything that can hurt their baby. I wanted to play music for my baby to hear during pregnancy but I thought about that and decided to get a pair of headphones for my belly but I don't know if that would be safe too.
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