The research carried out so far suggests that, in the short-term, there’s no serious risk to your health or your baby’s health from your phone.
It’s harder to be certain about the safety of use over the longer term. Mobile phones have only been widely used since the 1990s. That may seem a long time but, in research terms, it’s not a long enough period to be sure about any possible long-term health effects.
Two related studies have found a possible connection between babies exposed to mobile phones in the womb (uterus) and behavioral problems, such as hyperactivity, during childhood.
However, other follow-up studies found no link whatsoever to behavioral problems.
There are many different reasons why a child may develop behavioral problems. For example, it’s possible that if a mum uses her mobile often, she may be giving her baby less attention. If a baby or young child is deprived of the attention she needs, she may develop behavioral problems. This could explain why some studies found that high mobile use was associated with later behavior problems.
It may be a while before experts can build up a clear picture about the effects of mobiles on mums and their babies. In the meantime, it may help you to know the facts about how mobile phones work.
Mobiles, like many other everyday items, emit low levels of radio waves, called non-ionising electromagnetic radiation. Your television, computer, and microwave all give out this type of radiation. Non-ionising radiation is much milder than ionizing radiation, which is emitted by X-rays, radiation therapy machines and CT scanners. Experts agree that non-ionising radiation is unlikely to harm an unborn baby.
Every mobile phone is rated according to the levels of radiation that it gives out. This rating is called the specific absorption rate (SAR) value. The SAR value tells you the maximum amount of radiation, or energy, absorbed by your body when you’re using your phone.
All mobile phones on sale in Europe must have a SAR value that ensures you don’t absorb more than two watts per kilogram. The higher your phone’s SAR, the more radiation you absorb. You can check your phone’s SAR rating:
- in your mobile phone instructions
- on the manufacturer’s website
In practice, the amount of energy emitted by your phone depends on how strong the signal is. The more powerful the signal, the less energy the phone needs to work, and the lower the SAR value. So only using your phone when you have a strong signal is one way to reduce the level of radiation you are exposed to.
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Most of us rely on our mobile phones every day. It is especially reassuring when you are pregnant to be able to call someone if you need help for whatever reason. So don’t worry if you do have to use your mobile. You can reduce your level of exposure to the non-ionising electromagnetic radiation by:
- Using your mobile as little as possible and only when you have no alternative.
- Sending a text or using a landline instead of making calls on your mobile.
- Keeping any necessary calls short.
- Making sure you’re in a spot where you can get a strong signal before making a call.
- Using a hands-free kit to help reduce the SAR near your head or body while you’re on the phone.