Is Cell Phone Radiation Teratogenic for your Unborn Baby?
Did you know that allowing pregnant women to use cell phones frequently is more dangerous to the unborn baby? Especially when it falls on the first trimester or three months of her pregnancy, this is because the vital organs are not fully developed.
So, let us discuss the growth and development in early pregnancy:
On the first month of pregnancy as the fertilized egg grows, a water-tight sac forms around it, gradually filling with fluid. This is called the amniotic sac, and it helps cushion the growing embryo throughout pregnancy. The placenta also develops at this point in the first trimester. The placenta is a round, flat organ that transfers nutrients from the mother to the baby, and transfers wastes from the baby. A primitive face takes form with large dark circles for eyes. The mouth, lower jaw, and throat are developing. Blood cells are taking shape, and circulation will begin.
On the second month of pregnancy your baby's facial features continue to develop. Each ear begins as a little fold of skin at the side of the head. Tiny buds that eventually grow into arms and legs are forming. Fingers, toes, and eyes are also forming in the second month of pregnancy. The neural tube (brain, spinal cord, and other neural tissue of the central nervous system) is well formed. The digestive tract and sensory organs begin to develop. Bone starts to replace cartilage. The embryo begins movement although the mother can not yet feel it. By the end of the second month, your baby, now a fetus, is about 1 inch long, weighs about 1/3 ounce, and is virtually all head (1/3 of its body is head). At about 6 weeks, your baby's heartbeat can usually be detected.
By the end of the third month of pregnancy, your baby is fully formed. Your baby has arms, hands, fingers, feet, and toes and can open and close its fists and mouth. Fingernails and toenails are beginning to develop and the external ears are formed. The beginnings of teeth are forming. Your baby's reproductive organs also develop, but the baby's gender is difficult to distinguish on ultrasound. The circulatory and urinary systems are working and the liver produces bile. At the end of the third month, your baby is about 3-4 inches long and weighs about 1 ounce. Since your baby's most critical development has taken place, your chance of miscarriage drops considerably after three months into the pregnancy.
Teratogen is an agent that can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus. Teratogens halt the pregnancy or produce a congenital malformation (a birth defect).There classification of teratogens include radiation, maternal infections, chemicals, and drugs that will lead into abortion or termination of fetus before the age of viability.
Large population studies of the effect of cell phone use have almost exclusively focused on cancer and neglected the many other types of harm that electromagnetic radiation could potentially have on the human body. For example, the REFLEX (Risk Evaluation of Potential Environmental Hazards from Low Energy Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposure Using Sensitive in vitro Methods) project, which studied the effects of electromagnetic fields on various types of cells found that, "Intermittent exposure to ELF-EMF at 50Hz, a common electrical mains frequency, had genotoxic [damaging to DNA] effects on human fibroblasts, human melanocytes and some animal cells. Lymphocytes and other cell lines, meanwhile, remained unaffected; In fibroblasts, a direct correspondence between the intensity and duration of ELF-EMF exposure and the number of DNA breakages or micronuclei, both markers of genotoxicity, was discovered."
If possible avoid using cell phone on this stage in order to have a well and healthy baby. If it is not possible to use cell phone see to it that you hold and keep it away from the womb to minimize the direct exposure of radiation to the baby.
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