Exposure to Wifi signals and mobile phones could cause miscarriages in pregnancy

Exposure to Wifi signals and mobile phones could cause miscarriages in pregnancy – Study

Pregnant women who use their mobile phones a lot during pregnancy or sleep with their phones close to their abdomen may have to reconsider how they use them.

According to a new study exposure to  wifi signals and mobile phones, which is a magnetic field non-ionizing radiation, could cause miscarriage in pregnancy.

Past studies found that magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is also given off by power lines, put enough stress on the body to cause genetic damage that can lead to a miscarriage.

This type of radiation, which everyone is exposed to, has previously been linked to cancer and short term muscle and nerve stimulation.

Because of this the World Health Organisation recommended it be studied to determine its effects on pregnancy.

Miscarriage is a term used for a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation. After 20 weeks most fetal deaths are classified as stillbirth.

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Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland California analyzed 913 pregnant women at varying stages of their gestation.
They asked the pregnant women to wear a small magnetic-field monitoring device for 24 hours.

Participants were also asked to keep a diary of their day and were interviewed so researchers had a better understanding of any possible contributing factors.

The women were asked to disclose if they had previously had a miscarriage, smoked, drank alcohol and had suffered any fever or infection – all factors that can increase the risk of miscarriage.

Results reveal pregnant women with the highest MF-radiation exposure have a 48 percent greater risk of miscarrying than those with the lowest exposure.

Among pregnant women exposed to the highest levels of MF radiation, 24.2 per cent had a miscarriage compared to 10.4 per cent of those exposed to the lowest amounts.

This risk occurs regardless of whether women have suffered miscarriages in the past and are therefore more likely to lose another baby before its birth.

De-Kun Li, principal investigator of the study and a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist, said: “Few studies have been able to accurately measure exposure to magnetic field non-ionizing radiation.

“In addition, due to the current lack of research on this subject, we don’t know the biological threshold beyond which problems may develop, and we also don’t yet understand the possible mechanisms for increased risks.

“This study provides evidence from a human population that magnetic field non-ionizing radiation could have adverse biological impacts on human health.”

But he noted that the potential dangers of radiation exposure needs more research.

“We hope that the findings from this study will stimulate much-needed additional studies into the potential environmental hazards to human health, including the health of pregnant women,” he added.

The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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