Does mom’s cellphone startle the fetus?

Are you pregnant? Beware of where you keep your cell phone! The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their unborn babies. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellphone and beeper use among more than two dozen resident physicians while they were pregnant. Researches say they found that, if you’re a baby in-utero, or in the womb, and someone wakes you up every hour, you will not be a happy camper. The sound, and perhaps even vibrations, cause a ‘startle reflex’, which disturbs the normal sleep cycle.”

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