All around us, there are small amounts of radiation moving through the air. We frequently interact with our cellphones, tablets, computers, and wifi– but we don’t want unborn babies interacting with the radiation coming from them.
Just as some background, there are two types of radiation: iodizing and non-iodizing. Iodizing radiation is the most dangerous and should be avoided at all times during pregnancy. It is found in X-rays, and gamma rays. Non-iodizing is the kind that we have going through our bodies daily based on our interactions with cellphones, computers, and microwaves. Non-iodizing radiation is the kind that you can actively protect against in your everyday life with products such as Bellyarmor.
Bellyarmor has different products including belly blankets, belly bands, maternity tops, and boxer-briefs for men– all of which help to protect bodies from radiation. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy or process of conceiving, you can find a product that works for you!
Timeline for Radiation Effects:
Up to 2 Weeks Post conception:
At this point, the biggest risk is the failure to implant. The larger the dose of radiation, the larger the risk. However, surviving embryos have little to no risk of cancer based on small doses of radiation affecting them at this point.
This is the stage in which radiation starts to pose a large risk on your unborn child. Because there are so few cells in your baby’s body, having radiation effect of a few of them could lead to dramatic effects including substantial risk of major malformations (i.e. neurologic and motor deficiencies) and an increased risk of having a miscarriage.
Many risks from the earlier weeks persist (growing or decreasing to various degrees). Depending on the dosage of radiation, there are still risks for mental retardation, major malformations, growth restrictions, and increased risk of a miscarriage.
Once you get this far, the risks start to decrease in intensity but still remain as a threat.
At this final stage, radiation can still pose a threat in possible miscarriages or neonatal death. However, other noncancerous side effects have decreased at this point.
Timeline is based on the American Academy of Family Physician’s chart on the health effects of prenatal radiation exposure.
It is important to also remember that even after your child is born you should make sure to protect them from radiation. There are key differences between children’s and adult’s relationship with radiation. Young children’s brains are encased with a thinner skull and contain more fluid than adult’s brains. Specifically, the bone marrow of a child’s head absorbs ten times more radiation than adults. The more educated you are on the effects of radiation on your children, the more active you can be in protection. Check out Bellyarmor to see how their products can help you protect your unborn child!