Now that your tummy is so large, you might often wonder how safe is it to be using your laptop so close to your baby. Elder family members are insisting that you keep away from all electronics like the TV or your tablet. How much screen time you can possibly afford without causing harm to your baby?
Let us look at the perceived harm that you or your baby could entail by prolonged watching on TV or laptop screen.
- Radiation: That computer and TV screens emit radiations that cause harm to your unborn baby is a complete myth. No miscarriage, low birth weight or birth defects are related to computer screen radiations. Computer screens are safe to use during pregnancy. They produce very low levels of ionizing electromagnetic radiation which will not harm your baby.
- Obesity: Research shows that if you are prone to eat in front of the television then it is very likely that you will do the same with your child during feeding times. The research links this habit of yours to poor eating practices, increased screen time and obesity in children later on. So, if you are inclined to eat in front of the television, make an effort to change that habit. Start eating at your dining table or at the very least, without the TV on.
However, you might have to use laptop for work and other reasons at home. While there is no radiation damage that the laptop can cause, there are some other things you need to be careful about. Here are some tips to follow when you are using your laptop:
- Laptops give out a lot of heat. Do not keep it on your stomach. Overheating could harm your baby.
- Do not put it on your thighs either (as in the picture). It will burn your thighs. Use a cushion or a place it on a small table.
- Adjust your chair and computer so as to get a comfortable posture. Your eyes should be at the same level as the top of the screen. Your forearms and wrist should be straight.
- Make sure your back is supported. Your feet should rest on the ground or on a footrest.
- Arrange your keyboard, mouse and documents before to sit down. That way you will not have to make any awkward movements.
- Water retention during pregnancy can affect the shape of your eyeball. If you wear contact lenses, you might find them uncomfortable now. You are also more likely to suffer from dry eyes. Get an eye test done. Wear glasses while you are doing on- screen work.
- Take regular breaks. Take a ten minute break every one hour and walk around. Do it more often if you have swelling in the feet or varicose veins due to pregnancy.
Remember that you need to be healthy and relaxed. Do everything in moderation and take care.