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can standing in front of a microwave really hurt the baby during pregnancy?

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Asked by MrsKDonovan at 1:56 PM on Sep. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No, microwaves work through a fluctuating electric field exciting water molecules. This field is bounced throughout the appliance by the metal surrounding the chamber; this includes the metal mesh that covers the window in the microwave. very limited microwaves exit the chamber and if they do, they aren't causing a significant electric field so you have nothing to worry about...

    Answer by stringtheory at 2:08 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • thank you :)

    Comment by MrsKDonovan (original poster) at 2:10 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • No.

    Answer by m-avi at 2:11 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • I would say no. Just one of those old wives tales.

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 3:07 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • You would have to be living in microwave land to get enough exposure to cause harm to you or your baby. I don't know that I would make a habit of standing in the midst of 300 microwaves going all day long while I was pregnant (or ever, really, for my sake)... but just being in your kitchen as normal should be fine.

    Answer by tyheamma at 3:27 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • I just wanted to drop in and say I read this question as "can standing in a microwave really hurt the baby during pregnancy?", and I was going to ask how that was even possible.

    Yeah, I'm losing my mind.

    Answer by makelineerror at 8:04 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • NO, but ask your OB if you need that peace of mind.

    Answer by DoveMomma at 11:55 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

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