It is normal to experience some level of anxiety about the health of your baby during pregnancy but more and more frequently, we hear murmurings of growing concern over the continuous rise in microwave radiation exposure.
Aside from the day-to-day typical device exposure, women may be exposed to additional radiation in several ways during their pregnancy through what we think of as routine examinations like ultrasounds and x-rays. While these are believed not to be hazardous to a fetus, exposure to radiation during pregnancy seems to be a real cause for concern.
Since this question has been cropping up in our study research so often that we find ourselves wondering, is it safe for pregnant women to be exposed to radiation?
Should I Be Concerned about Radiation and Pregnancy?
It is already a well known fact that exposure to “ionizing” radiation can alter molecules and atoms and cause damage to cells in organic matter. These are electrical wave fields vibrating with high frequency such as what you experience from x-ray machines (ladies, this is why the dentist always asks if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive before they snap an x-ray of your teeth). This is why the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine discourages keepsake ultrasounds.
Waves from magneto-electro fields are in the air all around us. They come from cellphone towers, high-tension electrical wires, electric appliances, wireless devices, and Bluetooth signals, just to name a few.
These are typically classified as 'non-ionizing' electrical wave fields because they operate at a very low frequency, which is insufficient to create enough heat to immediately trouble the atom or cell.
For the purposes of this article, we want to underline that there are three risk factors to anyone who is holding a mobile phone:
- Proximity to the source of the wireless radiation field (are you touching it, or sitting next to it?).
- Exposure: how much of the day are you spending on your wireless devices?
- Strength of Signal: we know that the world is going from 4G to 5G - are you aware of what level of microwave radiation is safe?
You can see from the electromagnetic spectrum that the frequency speeds are increasing (from Hz to GigaHertz) and the wavelengths are diminishing (from Kilometres to Centimetres). This means that as we move to 5G, faster wave fields with greater energy are being produced. The more energy that is produced, the more your body has to deal with.
It's not just about heat
The creator of Omnia made an important discovery which is that, aside from heat, there is another quality in any radiation field that can affect the atom and therefore the human cell on a vibrational level.
We call this factor the 'centredness of the wave field'. It concerns the balance of the vibrating electrical current in the radiation field, rather than the heat it produces. This is important news for any pregnant woman to consider because as we will show later in the article, there are many peer-reviewed studies which show biological effects can happen.
In other articles, we have shared how exposure to wireless radiation has already been linked to tumours and other medical conditions. Although we have our explanation for any vibrational dissonance that is caused in the body, it is up to the individual to do research on this matter. Be sure to assess the risk and understand why low frequency radiation can have an impact on our health. Then you can decide what measures you need to take to safeguard the vibrational environment into which you are bringing your child.
Biological Studies on EMF Radiation Exposure during Pregnancy
As with most of the topics we look into, there is still a lot unknown. Because we are assessing the situation in real time, we don’t completely know the long term effects of such high levels of exposure, and data from the recorded effects are still being independently studied around the world. The issue with this, of course, is that while we are still trying to assess whether this level of exposure is safe in real time, we are continually being exposed to more radiation without having a great deal of choice to turn it off.
What is pretty clear is that researchers have recorded women and children, especially pregnant women and fetuses, as being particularly sensitive to exposure from electromagnetic fields. There are also records of neuro-behavioral disorders being increasingly prevalent in children from exposed mothers. (Ahlbom et al., 2001)
Radiation Increases the Possibility of a Miscarriage
A 2017 cohort study approved by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Institutional Review Board and conducted on pregnant women in the Bay Area of California. The women were asked to carry an EMDEX Lite Meter with them during a typical day, and then their pregnancy was monitored throughout the duration.
This study found that women exposed to higher levels of radiation had 2.72 times the risk of miscarriage than those with lower exposure.
(De-Kun Li, 2017)
EMF exposure could lead to Childhood Leukemia
A Department of Epidemiology, UCLA study found a consistent link between exposure low frequency radiation and childhood leukemia.
Because of this finding, they have classified exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields has led to their classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a "possible human carcinogen." (Kheifets L, Shimkhada R., 2005)
There are Links to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The nervous systems of fetuses and young children aren't completely developed and their brain tissue has a higher concentration of ions and water, so it is a lot more conductive. This makes them more highly susceptible to absorbing microwave energy. (Barkley, 1997)
A study published in 2020 by the Jama Network suggests that pregnant women exposed to radiation from cell phones, microwaves, and Wi-Fi may be increasing their baby's risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The longitudinal cohort study lasted from May 1, 1997, to December 31, 2017 and watched “physician-diagnosed ADHD and immune-related comorbidities of asthma or atopic dermatitis up to 20 years of age in offspring.”
Most Common Sources of Radiation During Pregnancy
Dr. De-Kun Li, a senior research scientist at Kaiser Foundation Research Institute in Oakland, California says that “the amount of radiation that is dangerous starts at 1.3 milligrays” but since most people can't judge their exposure, Li suggests knowing the source of radiation is more important, so you can keep your distance.
Cell phones, tablets, and computers are very common sources of radiation as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi transmitters. Old television sets and antique glassware and jewelry are also some surprising sources of radiation in homes.
The truth is, everyone is exposed to varying quantities of radiation at one point or the other of our daily lives, and the intensity of exposure is likely to increase with constant additions of radiation-generating devices, the potential health impact and radiation safety especially when pregnant cannot be dismissed.
5 Ways to Reduce Radiation Exposure If You’re Pregnant
Pregnant women who are concerned about EMF impact on the health of their fetuses and offspring should reduce EMF exposure during pregnancy as much as possible.
1 - Use the battery on your laptop whenever possible
A study about laptop radiation tested the laptop AND the power supply.
The power supply gives off an incredible amount of radiation - much higher than the safety levels laid down by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Whenever possible, try to let your computer run off its battery as long as you can.
2 - Don’t keep your phone in your pocket or hold things on your belly
Put your phone down whenever possible, don't keep it in your pocket, and don’t rest it on your belly! If your phone is connected to data, the radiation spikes pretty high almost once per second!
3 - Radiation-proof your bedroom
Don’t sleep with your phone by your bed, or put it on airplane mode so that it doesn't send and receive signals while you're asleep. Use an old school alarm clock and if you have a Wi-Fi router, make sure that it is far away from you.
4 - Baby-Moon from your devices
Simply spend time away from your devices! Go outside for a walk without your phone or your smart watch or read a paperback on your couch with your WIFI router turned off.
5 - Research EMF products that work
The best way to deal with radiation is to understand exactly what it is, how it behaves, and how to re-tune it so that it does not vibrationally upset the rhythm of the human body. Low radiation routers which claim to reduce EMF without affecting the signal are a good option and the Omnia Radiation Balancer is another great option.
The ORB has been shown in tests to balance the blood, strengthen the muscular system (kinesiology) and to structure water (the ORB is certified by the Hado Institute)!
Are you reducing your radiation exposure? Tell us about it in the comments below
References and Interesting Reads
Li, DK., Chen, H., Ferber, J.R. et al. Exposure to Magnetic Field Non-Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Miscarriage: A Prospective Cohort Study. Sci Rep 7, 17541 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-16623-8
Kheifets L, Shimkhada R. Childhood leukemia and EMF: review of the epidemiologic evidence. Bioelectromagnetics. 2005;Suppl 7:S51-9. doi: 10.1002/bem.20139. PMID: 16059924.
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