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Cell Phone Use In Pregnancy Linked To Behavioral Problems In Kids

By ceridwen |

A new study links cell phone use by pregnant women with various behavioral problems in their children several years later. Researchers looked at 28,000 women who used cell phones to varying degrees during pregnancy. Then they evaluated their seven-year-old kids. The results–which apparently took into account factors like mom’s inattentiveness– showed that the higher the cell phone exposure in utero, the greater the behavioral issues down the line.

The study relied, however, on “self-reporting” from mothers about their phone use which can slant the study. I would imagine that women (like people in general, and perhaps teens especially) tend to under-report cellphone use rather than over-estimate. But that’s just a guess on my part, and perhaps a projection, since I always (incorrectly) assume I’m never on the phone.

The researchers are not calling on all pregnant women to put down their portable devices. But they are hoping for more research. It’s certainly worrying to think about all the cell phone use and how hard it is to keep our gestating babies out of the range of cellular frequencies. “Although it is premature to interpret these results as causal, we are concerned that early exposure to cell phones could carry a risk which, if real, would be a public health concern given the widespread use of the technology,” the authors of the study concluded.

photo: Jason DeRusha/Flickr

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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Cell Phone Use In Pregnancy Linked To Behavioral Problems In Kids

  1. Amanda says:

    OR women who are on their phones a lot when they’re pregnant are also often on their phones as a mother. I think you know where I’m going with this.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Please… One more silly study with no factual evidence. Give me a break! Next they will blame ADD and ADHD and, and, maybe Autism on maternal cell phone use!!! Isn’t it hard enough being pregnant without feeling like you need to live in a padded room and sustain on bread and water! (Next they’ll say that the yeast in the bread is causing cancer 50 years later, and the water caused our fetuses to cry too much as infants!) These baseless studies come out because someone wants some grant money so they can grasp at straws and maybe, just maybe win the next Nobel Peace Prize. Mommy’s have enough guilt to deal with during pregnancy and after. What’s really scary is the people that actually believe this rubbish.

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