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Uh, oh--DH thinks my laptop could hurt the baby (EMF's), opinions?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

My DH thinks maybe having this here laptop pretty darn close to my belly pretty darn often could effect the baby. EMF's--Electro Magnetic Field's--I'm not up on it but some sort of radiation type problem? Like how some think cell phone could give you brain cancer?


I can try to remember to keep it on something beside me, not resting in my lap, but please don't make me quit my laptop, nooooooo!


Would love it if someone could say this has been studied (and disproved...?), but I'm thinking no such luck....


Anyone know anything on this subject...? I guess I could also x-post in other forums,,,,Thanks!

post #2 of 5

I would check out this page from the WHO: http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/index.html


That's the most reliable source I could find from a bit of Googling. A lot of those sources seem to be from people who are trying to sell you their handy gizmo for blocking EMFs, so I wouldn't consider them unbiased. 

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the link, erigeron! I gleaned this:

Effects on pregnancy outcome
Many different sources and exposures to electromagnetic fields in the living and working environment, including computer screens, water beds and electric blankets, radiofrequency welding machines, diathermy equipment and radar, have been evaluated by the WHO and other organizations. The overall weight of evidence shows that exposure to fields at typical environmental levels does not increase the risk of any adverse outcome such as spontaneous abortions, malformations, low birth weight, and congenital diseases. There have been occasional reports of associations between health problems and presumed exposure to electromagnetic fields, such as reports of prematurity and low birth weight in children of workers in the electronics industry, but these have not been regarded by the scientific community as being necessarily caused by the field exposures (as opposed to factors such as exposure to solvents).



And also, this (below) which I believe shows that the EMF's from my laptop (computer category?) would be way less than say, the vaccuum cleaner...So maybe DH would like me to stop vaccuuming, and instead hang out at Mothering.com more....(not to make light of this serious concern, of course...).


Typical magnetic field strength of household appliances at various distances

Electric appliance

3 cm distance (µT)

30 cm distance (µT)

1 m distance (µT)

Hair dryer

6 – 2000

0.01 – 7

0.01 – 0.03

Electric shaver

15 – 1500

0.08 – 9

0.01 – 0.03

Vacuum cleaner

200 – 800

2 – 20

0.13 – 2

Fluorescent light

40 – 400

0.5 – 2

0.02 – 0.25

Microwave oven

73 – 200

4 – 8

0.25 – 0.6

Portable radio

16 – 56


< 0.01

Electric oven

1 – 50

0.15 – 0.5

0.01 – 0.04

Washing machine

0.8 – 50

0.15 – 3

0.01 – 0.15


8 – 30

0.12 – 0.3

0.01 – 0.03


3.5 – 20

0.6 – 3

0.07 – 0.3


0.5 – 30

< 0.01



0.5 – 1.7

0.01 – 0.25


Colour TV

2.5 - 50

0.04 – 2

0.01 – 0.15

With most household appliances the magnetic field strength at a distance of 30 cm is well below the guideline limit for the general public of 100 µT.

post #4 of 5

http://www.bellyarmor.com/  has some great (probably slightly biased) links re: radiation, and sells products that 'block' it. (Seriously - you put your cellphone under one of their blankets, and it loses all reception!)

post #5 of 5
I had a similar panic over my iPad a couple of weeks ago and all the research I've turned up seems to point to it being benign. It's the waves from cell phones and anything else 3G that freaks me out a little more so I try to remember to keep the iPhone away from my belly.
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