Is Using a Microwave or a Hair Dryer While Pregnant Harmful to Baby? Photo: Justine Cooper
Some of us use a microwave or hair dryer (or both) every day, but a new study suggests that might not be such a good idea during pregnancy. The study, done at Kaiser Permanente and published online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, followed 801 women who each wore a meter measuring their exposure to low magnetic frequencies from everyday items, including microwave ovens, hair dryers, vacuums and coffee grinders, during their pregnancies (the study didn’t measure stuff with higher magnetic frequencies like wireless networks, towers and cell phones). Then they tested the women’s kids at age 13 for asthma. They found that the moms who had the highest exposure to magnetic fields during pregnancy were three times more likely to have a child with asthma. That’s scary stuff! Researchers say the best way to avoid exposure is to be aware of low magnetic field sources including microwaves, hair dryers, vacuums, power lines and transformers, and to reduce the amount of time you spend using and being close to them.
Are you planning to limit your exposure to magnetic frequencies by cutting down on microwave and hair dryer use while you’re pregnant?
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