Quick, Hang Up! Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy May Be Harmful to Your Fetus
Researchers have gone back and forth about the health dangers of cell phone use for years now. One day your Blackberry is giving you brain cancer; the next day you can practically super-glue your iPhone to your head and you’d be fine.
But not a ton of research has been done in regards to that little person growing inside of you. And no, I’m not talking about the alien-like feeling you have in your tummy from eating Taco Bell for lunch. I’m talking about a baby-to-be.
In fact, the latest findings by the researchers at the Yale School of Medicine show that soon-to-be mothers may indeed have something to worry about if they use their cell phones during pregnancy.
Details of the Study
The study, which was published in a recent issue of Scientific Reports, shows that the exposure to radiation that comes from cell phone use during pregnancy affects the brain development of the baby and could eventually lead to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The study was conducted by Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, who is the senior author as well as the professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale.
A group of pregnant mice we exposed to the radiation from a cell phone, which was placed on an active call and muted while positioned above the cage. Another group of mice were kept under the same conditions but with a deactivated phone. The electrical activity of the mice’s brains was measured, and the mice also underwent a number of behavioral and psychological tests during the study. Ultimately, the team found that the mice exposed to radiation had a lowered memory capacity and a tendency to be more hyperactive than the mice that were not exposed to cell phone radiation.
The problems found in the mice that were exposed to the cell phone radiation closely resemble ADHD. Without jumping to too many conclusions, and keeping in mind the vast differences between mice and humans, these findings may help to explain the rising number of cases of ADHD and other behavioral disorders in children.
Considering that cell phones have become the garden variety method of communication in the last 20 years or so, it kind of makes sense.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a developmental disorder that is becoming increasingly common in both children and adults. The disorder affects approximately 10 percent of school-aged children. Kids with ADHD tend to have trouble focusing and act without thinking first. They are also hyperactive and have a hard time sitting still and concentrating. All of these symptoms usually contribute to behavior problems in school and at home, and may be reflected in poor or failing schoolwork.
The disorder is known to affect boys more than girls, though the reason for this is not yet known.
What’s A Mom to Do?
This study was one of the first of its kind, and while more investigation and research is needed, mothers-to-be are being advised to limit cell phone use during pregnancy.
After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry . . . and this couldn’t be more true than when it comes to the safety of your child.