Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy has secured a permanent place in the lives of so many people, and for all the right reasons! Ever since its introduction to the medical world, PEMF has been impressing physicians and patients alike due to its remarkable healing capabilities. But now, the popularity of this therapy has skyrocketed due to the development of new and effective PEMF devices and with new research and studies backing its effectiveness. From treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues to healing fractures, injuries, and even diabetes, PEMF has proven remarkably effective.
We’ve talked so much about PEMF and its benefits but almost forgot to define it for readers who might be reading about PEMF for the first time. So let’s talk briefly about what PEMF itself is, and then discuss its contraindications followed by a detailed discussion on PEMF’s use in pregnancy.
What is PEMF?
Before jumping into the center of our discussion (which is PEMF’s use in late pregnancy) let’s define PEMF itself first, as we do every time we discuss any aspect of PEMF therapy. We start with the basics every time we, do because we, at healthyline outlet, strive to provide our readers with complete and comprehensive information.
So, PEMF basically refers to a therapy that uses electromagnetic waves (as clearly suggested in the name) to heal the body. What’s special about this therapy is that it uses a very specific and calculated frequency of electromagnetic waves, which act on individual cells and restore their disrupted electromagnetic charge to the normal healthy level, promoting holistic healing and wellness.
Precautions For PEMF Therapy
PEMF is a noninvasive and nontoxic cellular therapy, so it’s mostly safe under normal circumstances. Its devices are also pretty safe to use, as no major issues have been reported so far related to these devices even in the case of overexposure. However, as with every medical therapy, PEMF too has some exceptions and precautions. These precautions have been unanimously agreed upon by medical professionals so they apply to everyone who falls in their category to make the therapy experience safe. The precautions of PEMF therapy include a few conditions only, one of which is Pregnancy.
Is PEMF Therapy Safe In Late Pregnancy?
As stated above, pregnancy is one of the precautionary conditions for PEMF use.
This is not to say that PEMF’s use is contraindicated in pregnancy, but only to say that one should exercise caution in using PEMF while pregnant. It’s always the best idea for pregnant women to consult their gynecologist and talk to her about the safety of PEMF therapy because every pregnancy is different and therefore the particular risks associated with them are also different. This advice is given because no studies have yet been carried out on pregnant women to calculate the effects of PEMF therapy on the fetus, so the safety of PEMF’s use in pregnancy is still uncertain, if not contraindicated. Consequently, the use of PEMF during pregnancy is usually discouraged as it’s better to avoid risks firing such a sensitive condition.
A Study Evaluating The Effects Of ELF-EMFs In Pregnancy
However, there’s one study that was conducted to evaluate the effects of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMFs) in pregnant women and fetal growth. The study included 380 women and their newborns. Out of the 380 women, 222 were exposed to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMFs) using electricity cables and towers, while the remaining 158 weren’t exposed to any during pregnancy. Factors such as pregnancy length, fetal birth weight, fetal malformations, gender, head circumference, etc were collected and compared between the two groups of women. The results showed no considerable difference in these factors between the two groups of women.
So, Is PEMF Recommended During Pregnancy?
Although the above-mentioned study shows neutral effects of ELF-EMFs on pregnant women, the effects of PEMF therapy (which incorporates all kinds and frequencies of electromagnetic fields) are still uncertain. Hence caution is advised for pregnant women if they plan on getting PEMF therapy.
Since there are no definitive studies that have evaluated the effects of PEMF therapy in pregnancy, the use of PEMF Therapy in pregnancy is generally not recommended. The best is to consult with your gynecologist and discuss with her the possibility of using PEMF in your condition.