Answer to Question #6083 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Cell Phones

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:


Does cell phone vibration on your stomach during pregnancy affect the baby?


A cell phone emits electromagnetic radiation of various frequencies at very low intensity and would not affect the development of a fetus whose mother placed the cell phone on her abdomen during her pregnancy. The mother's reproductive and developmental risk for her growing embryo would not be altered by these exposures. If you are healthy, young, and have no reproductive problems or family history of reproductive or developmental problems, your risk for birth defects is 3 percent and for miscarriage, 15 percent. These are background risks with which every woman begins her pregnancy. Neither you nor I can change these risks. Good luck with your pregnancy.

Robert Brent, MD, PhD

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