Study Claims Ringing Mobile Phones Startle Fetuses
A new study claims that the ringing of mobile phones not only startles fetuses, but also severely disrupts their sleeping patterns.
“We wanted to see what these devices can do to the fetus,” said researcher Boris Petrikovsky, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York City. “What we figured out is that if you’re a baby in utero and someone wakes you up every hour, you will not be a happy camper. The sound, and perhaps even vibrations, cause a lot of startle reflex, which disturbs the normal sleep cycle.”
The study was launched to verify any correlation with resident physicians having more pregnancy complications and the fact that they regularly used mobiles and beepers at work.
The research is still ongoing and at the moment it’s still too soon to flag the ringing of mobile phones as the perpetrator. However, Petrikovsky did mention that “cycles of normal fetal behavior are definitely disturbed or interrupted by the frequent use of cellphones and beepers.”
Petrikovsky also believes that an occasional ringing isn’t a problem. However, things do escalate if the event is regular, and which can affect the fetus development.
“Pediatricians always recommend to allow newborns to sleep for hours in a quiet place,” he noted. “Similar recommendations probably apply to fetuses, who are known to spend some time in a sleep state.”
He is recommending women to stop carrying phones and beepers close to them during pregnancy.