A growing body of research is showing fetal harm from cell phones, cordless phones, wireless routers and other wireless devices. A recent 2017 prospective cohort study by Li et al (1) looked at 913 pregnant women and examined the association between high magnetic field exposure and miscarriage risk. They found that after controlling for multiple other factors, the women who were exposed to higher magnetic field levels from different sources had 2.72 times the risk of miscarriage. Li notes that “This study provides fresh evidence, directly from a human population, that MF non-ionizing radiation could have adverse biological impacts on human health.” He states that prior research along with the recent NTP study showing an increased cancer risk in experimental animals exposed to magnetic field non ionizing radiation are making it much more difficult to dismiss possible harm from increased EMR from wireless devices.
1) Exposure to Magnetic Field Non-Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Miscarriage: A Prospective Cohort Study. (2017) Li et al. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 13;7(1):17541. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5727515/
See Scientific Literature on this website under Reproductive Health Effects for more information about the research.
Here is information from the Baby Safe Project looking at risks from digital devices and with their advice for taking precautionary measures.
Baby Safe Project
The Baby Safe Project, created by the award winning organization Grassroots Environmental Education, provides information to pregnant women about the potential hazards of wireless radiation from commonly used devices in the critical time of fetal development. (1) They highlight important research and also give recommendations for safer use of wireless devices.
Baby Safe Project Video
Yale physician, Dr. Hugh Taylor, discusses his research on radiofrequency exposure to pregnant mice resulting in behavioral effects in their offspring.
Dr. Hugh Taylor’s 2013 Paper Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure From 800-1900 Mhz-Rated Cellular Telephones Affects Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Mice. Aldid, T. (2013) Nature. Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 312. Feb 18, 2013. http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/120315/srep00312/full/srep00312.html
The Baby Safe Project advises the following for pregnant women:
Five Easy Ways to Reduce Exposure
- Keep your cell phone away from your body. Never carry it in a pocket or bra. Never sleep with your phone.
- Avoid cordless phones and their transmitting bases
- Keep your wireless laptop or tablet away from your body. Never rest your wireless device on your tummy.
- Avoid close proximity to Wi-Fi routers and “smart” utility meters. Turn off your routers at night.
- Whenever possible, connect to the internet using a wired (Ethernet) cable.
*EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection Honors the 2016 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awardees