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Q&A: Are Laptops Safe During Pregnancy?

Question: Is it safe for a pregnant woman to use a laptop directly on her lap? I’m worried that there may be a danger to my baby from the heat and/or radiation from the computer being so close.

Answer: Laptops have become such a fixture in our work and personal lives, the thought of not being able to use it safely … well, it might be like telling a mom-to-be that she can’t drive a car!

Luckily, a laptop is safe to use in pregnancy. Some laptops can get warmer than others, but the heat should not cause a problem for your baby, nor should any fear of radiation. Place the laptop on your thighs or laptop desk for maximum comfort. The screen of the computer, also known as a VDU (visual display unit) was once thought to emit radiation that might lead to problems with pregnancy including miscarriage. This idea has been disproved in recent studies.

If you are a heavy laptop user, or even spend a lot of time seated, it is a good idea to make sure you:

  • Have a chair and desk that provide good support for your back
  • Get up frequently to move around to promote good circulation
  • Take breaks to prevent eyestrain
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