Last Updated on February 20, 2020
Over one hundred physicians, scientists and public health professionals have joined together under The BabySafe Wireless Project to voice their concern regarding the risk of exposure to wireless radiation during pregnancy and to urge pregnant women to limit their exposure.
Dr. Hugh Taylor, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine, has joined this movement and is speaking up for change.
According to Taylor, “We have demonstrated clear cause and effect relationships in mice, and we already have studies showing that women who use cell phones have children with more behavioral problems. I think together that’s very powerful evidence…. There’s essentially no downside to being cautious and protecting your baby.”
Research on the effects of exposure to EMF radiation while in the womb is ringing loud. Three recent studies link prenatal EMF radiation exposure to a number of health issues including: decrease in births, accelerated sexual maturity (sperm and eggs maturing faster but at lower quality), and female eggs of offspring showing premenopausal similarities upon entering puberty.
EMF exposure in the womb has also been shown to affect the development of the cells and neurons in the cerebellum, which works to control motor skills.
EMF Pregnancy Risk Findings
In March of 2016, one study showed EMF exposure in a rat’s womb produced a lower egg count in the offspring. Follicle count results revealed a statistically significant decrease in primordial and tertiary follicle numbers in the exposed group.
In the beginning stages of puberty, the rat’s ovaries of the exposed offspring were acting like a pre-menopausal woman’s ovaries in egg count and quality of egg health.
Another study in 2015 monitored a group of pregnant rats divided into two groups: control, sham and EMF-exposed. The second group was exposed to 900-MHz for 1 hour per day during day 13 – 21 of the pregnancy. The scientist discovered that the total number of Purkinje cells, found in the cortex of the cerebellum which play a fundamental role in controlling motor movement, were lower in the group exposed to EMF in the womb than the controlled group.
The report also documented observation of pathological changes in the EMF-exposed group such as pyknotic neurons, the degeneration of a cell in which the nucleus shrinks in size and the chromatin condenses to a solid, structure less mass. In conclusion, the study results show that prenatal exposure to EMF affects the development of the cells and neurons in the cerebellum and the consequences of this pathological effect persist after the postnatal period.
Finally, a study published in March of 2014 specifically looked at the affects on the male rat reproductive system from EMF radiation exposure. According to the study, “it has been found that irradiation caused a decrease in the number of births of animals, changing the sex ratio towards the increase in the number of males.” The first generation male rats showed accelerated sexual development, as well as an increase in the number of mature sperm, yet with a decrease in the viability of the sperm.
The scientific studies above have all observed changes in the rat’s offspring exposed to EMF while developing in the womb, which many experts believe are similar to the responses to be expected in human exposure. Combine this with the many in our medical community strongly advising against radiation exposure, and parents should take precaution when exposing their unborn child to EMFs.
In a culture of special guidelines for pregnant women, i.e. – don’t eat sushi or cold cuts and avoid smoking and drinking, women should know about the risks of EMF radiation exposure from Wi-Fi, cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices and proceed with caution.