Q: Can working on computers hurt my baby?


A: There is no proof that video display terminals (VDTs) are dangerous during pregnancy. But you may want to use some precautions when using a computer. In a 1997 study, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that working with VDTs did not increase a woman's risk of spontaneous abortion, premature birth, or delivering a low birth weight baby. Regular work on computers can have other effects, however, specifically related to your position and use of your arms and hands. You may use some precautions such as working in a comfortable position, not working excessively long streches at a time, and doing some exercises to relax your arms and legs every 20-30 minutes.