Answer to Question #4395 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
Category: Pregnancy and Radiation — Power lines, magnets, computers, airport screening, cell phones
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I'm about seven weeks pregnant and I'm really concerned about using a laptop. Sometimes I keep it on my knees and I do not know if it's safe for my baby. I have read a lot about monitors, but I cannot find anything about laptop as a whole device.
There really should be no radiation issues associated with you using your laptop or any computer during your pregnancy assuming you have your laptop sitting on your lap (your thighs) and not your abdomen. Laptops do emit a fair amount of heat so not putting them on your abdomen is prudent. Since consumer protection laws have been passed limiting the amounts and types of radiation emissions from these devices (such as electromagnetic or ionizing [x rays] radiation), they can safely be used during pregnancy.
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