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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-35

Cell phone aggravating the morning sickness?

1 Department of Medicine, Alvas Health Centre, Moodabidri, Karnataka, India
2 Department of General Surgery, Prabhu General Hospital, Moodabidri, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Rathna Women's Clinic and Scanning Centre, Moodabidri, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission04-Nov-2019
Date of Decision10-Nov-2019
Date of Acceptance12-Nov-2019
Date of Web Publication14-Jan-2020

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Sadananda B Naik
Alva's Health Centre, Moodabidri - 574 227, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AJIM.AJIM_72_19

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Naik SB, Prabhu KM, Ramesha K. Cell phone aggravating the morning sickness?. APIK J Int Med 2020;8:34-5

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Naik SB, Prabhu KM, Ramesha K. Cell phone aggravating the morning sickness?. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Mar 28];8:34-5. Available from: http://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2020/8/1/34/275985


We report morning sickness being aggravated by cell phone use in a primigravida. A 25-year-old female started having morning sickness in the form of nausea and vomiting like any other pregnant woman at 6 weeks of pregnancy. However, she noticed that the sensation of nausea would increase as and when her cell phone rings. She also found that even the slight vibration of the cell phone during incoming messages also resulted in feeling of nausea. To escape from this agonizing experience, she told her relatives to keep her and their phones far away from her and avoided any physical contact with the cell phones. She experienced nausea followed by vomiting on using cell phones during urgent calls. Due to this peculiar and horrifying experience, she totally abstained from using cell phones and resorted to land phone for communications. However, she did not have any problem in using other digital devices such as laptops or television. A detailed physical and neuroevaluation was carried out and was normal. Her symptoms gradually decreased at the end of first trimester and totally disappeared at the beginning of the second trimester. Hence, she was not subjected for any imaging studies to evaluate her peculiar problem. She did not develop any other neuroproblems subsequently.

There have been health concerns raised against the exposure to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of cell phones. The radiofrequency [RF] radiation generated by the cell phones is extremely low-frequency (ELF)-EMF. The EMF in the cell phone is both ELF-EMF and RF-EMF. The scientific data on the association between EMF exposures and health problems during pregnancy are scant except for one odd case report from Iran,[1] and an elaborate search on the problem of morning sickness being aggravated by cell phone use did not yield any result. There is always a remote possibility of blood–brain barrier permeability being altered by EMFs and resulting in various neuropsychiatric problems.[2] The professional bodies such as American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and WHO have not come out with any specific guidelines on cell phone use during pregnancy, and this sums up the lack of robust data on the ill effects of cell phone usage in pregnancy.[3],[4]

In the era of evidence-based medicine and in the backdrop of lack of scientific backing, experience like this at best could be labeled as “electromagnetic hypersensitivity.” However, we sincerely hope that this short article would raise some safety concerns regarding the use of cell phones during pregnancy.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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Mahmoudabadi FS, Ziaei S, Firoozabadi M, Kazemnejad A. Use of mobile phone during pregnancy and the risk of spontaneous abortion. J Environ Health Sci Eng 2015;13:34.  Back to cited text no. 1
Stam R. Electromagnetic fields and the blood-brain barrier. Brain Res Rev 2010;65:80-97.  Back to cited text no. 2
Is it Safe to Use Cell Phones during Pregnancy? Available from: https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/cell-phone/. [Last accessed on 2019 Nov 11].  Back to cited text no. 3


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