The safety of Wi-Fi use is a debatable subject. While the United States offers Wi-Fi everywhere, from the New York City subways to your local coffee shop, other countries are more rigid. Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Australia, and China have set strict limits regarding Wi-Fi use in schools and places where children congregate. It’s been known that children do absorb radiation quicker and at a higher rate than adults, and during pregnancy, the potential for harm may be even higher.
How does Wi-Fi work?
Wi-Fi uses microwave electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to carry signals in a building or area, instead of wired connection such as an Ethernet wire. WiFi uses microwaves in the 2.4, 3.6 and 5 GHz frequency range. This is similar to what is used in cordless phones and microwave ovens. Actually, microwaves use even more power but that is contained within the oven.
Dangers From Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi signals go through walls, floors, and various objects and can bounce off each other, too. There is an increased exposure to electromagnetic radiation when using Wi-Fi and increased risk of potential health effects.
This is especially true for children and certain adults who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation. The brains of children are still developing. In addition, while a child using a laptop may fall into the safe category, when the child is in a classroom with 20-30 laptops at the same time, the rate of electromagnetic radiation is multiplied.
Wi-Fi And Pregnancy
There aren’t any studies on Wi-Fi during pregnancy but it’s well worth taking some precautions:
- Use Ethernet wires if you can.
- Stay away from places where there is non-stop Wi-Fi and multiple users.
- Keep your Wi-Fi router in a place where you are not often near.
- Reduce the amount of time you spend on Wi-Fi devices.
- Don’t place your laptop or tablet on your lap. Use them on a table or desk instead.
- Turn your Wi-Fi off at night.
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