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Study: Using cell phones while pregnant could hurt fetus

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Using cell phones while pregnant could lead to developmental problems in babies -- that's the latest finding from a study out of the prestigious Yale University.

Monday, an expert forum met to discuss the effects cell phones have on pregnancy and fertility.

You've been warned about the risks of texting and driving, but now some researchers say using your cell phone while pregnant poses a risk.

A recent Yale study found an expecting mother's exposure to cell phone radiation may lead to brain development problems, even hyperactivity, in children.

Another study involving rats found cell phone radiation led to smaller brains with more brain damage.

"I think it's believable, they even say microwaves, but how do you avoid it?" says expectant mother Kimberly Maloney.

"You can't say I'm not going to use a cell phone all while I'm pregnant. I have two kids at home it's not going to work," says Nicole Broughton, expectant mother.

The Environmental Health Trust, a group trying to reduce environmental risks, suggests using the Speakerphone or a headset, instead of holding the phone next to your head.

Although some say more studies need to be done on the topic.

"It's not something I'm worried about specifically but I'm not saying it's not something people shouldn't worry about," says Broughton.

"We live in a society we can't live without our cell phones and communication, and that would be a scary thought if that was something that contributed to anything that would go wrong with your children," says Maloney.

At the press club Monday, doctors also talked about new data that found sperm exposed to cell phone radiation died three times faster and has 3 times more damage on their DNA.

The Federal Communications Commission says it plans to look further into cell phone exposure limits.

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