Answer to Question #548 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:
How much time in a day can a pregnant woman spend before a TV or a computer monitor safely at various stages of her pregnancy ? What are some effects of over exposure to such radiation on the baby ?
Watching entertainment television during pregnancy will not cause harm to the baby as a result of radiation exposure. Televisions are constructed such that radiation exposure is kept at a minimum. At a distance of several feet from the tube, radiation cannot be measured. In the case of a computer monitor (a television), the individual is sitting much closer to the screen. Although no studies have revealed increased health risks from radiation, one should be aware of the possibility of eye strain, back problems, etc from sitting in front of the screen for long periods. In my view, anyone working with computers, whether pregnant or not, should take periodic breaks from the work station. Kenneth Mossman, PhD
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