Product was provided for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Did you know that in May of 2011 the WHO (World Health Organization) reclassified Cell Phone Radiation in the same potentially carcinogenic category as chloroform, engine exhaust, and lead? So what does that mean? We live in a generation that in the past 10 years has become dependent on technology and in doing so we now have technology in the palm of our hands every single day. From cell phones, iPads, Tablets, and laptops, we simply don’t know how the everyday radiation we are exposed to will impact us.
As expectant and new mothers we take precautions everyday to help prevent health issues for us and our babies. With each year that passes new information about how our environment affects our unborn and new babies given to us and we adapt by changing how we behave during pregnancy. For example 10-20 years ago there weren’t nearly as many forbidden foods or drugs during pregnancy. When I was pregnant with K I was given a whole sheet of foods and drugs to avoid and the reasons why.
As we learn more about the exposure of everyday radiation we still have no idea the impact it has on fertility, pregnancy, and growing children. The owner of Belly Armor saw a need to create a product that would help those trying to conceive, pregnant, and new parents shield their bodies and their baby’s bodies from potentially harmful radiation.
When I was at the ABC show I got a chance to sit and talk with the company’s founder Aileen and learn her story and more about the products she provided.
“When I became pregnant with my first child, I was a banking executive who was constantly connected to my mobile phone, smart phone and laptop. Like most expectant mothers, I researched extensively on how to give my child the best start in life. All sources advised pregnant women to eat healthy, exercise, and avoid toxins like alcohol and certain chemicals – all of which I did diligently. However, one obvious component in my everyday life which concerned me, about which there was little advice, was the radiation-emitting devices that surrounded me at home and at work. What were the health impacts of those? I researched more into this “everyday radiation” exposure, and was shocked at what I discovered. …In light of the emerging evidence and advice from health experts, I felt that more people, particularly those with children, needed to know. Concerned with the lack of awareness and options, my co-founders and I launched Belly Armor with a two-fold mission: (1) To increase awareness of this health issue so others can make more informed decisions for themselves and their families, and (2) to provide effective solutions and simple tips for those who want to lower their exposure.”
I am so glad I sat and talked with her. Like many people my concern was that Belly Armor was going to be bulky or uncomfortable. I was surprised to touch and feel it that it was as light as cotton and super soft. With both my pregnancies – more so with Baby D – I often put my laptop on my belly and worked away not thinking of the potential risks involved. After listening to her research, doing a bit of my own, and feeling the products I can say with 100% certainty for my next pregnancy I will be using the luxe blanket as a barrier between my belly and my technology. Even now I use it when I am nursing and reading or catching up on old TV shows via iPad. The blanket is soft and doesn’t bother baby D in the slightest, but I have the piece of mind knowing that I’m protecting his little growing body from extra exposure.
Okay, but how do I know it’s working?
Belly Armor uses RadiaShield which is a highly conductive silver material. It’s soft like cotton, lightweight, and thin, yet it has the same shielding properties to a 1/4-inch thick sheet of aluminum! Plus it’s machine washable and won’t lose effectiveness through washings. I put the material to the test using a bag created with the same silver material. I put my cell phone inside it and with in 30-45 seconds my bars had dropped to only 1 on the extended network with flickerings of “searching”! That was proof of it blocking signal that I could actually see!
Aileen also mentioned that for men that struggle with fertility this is a great product for them. They can place it on their laps and not worry that they are harming themselves through extra radiation exposure.
I think Belly Armor is a wonderful product, and something that you will see take off quickly as more research is done on everyday exposure, especially by concerned parents like myself. One of my all time favorite quotes comes from Maya Angelou who said “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Knowing that I can protect my baby – even just until they are old enough to operate and use technology themselves, and in the most critical developing times of their lives, why wouldn’t I want to do that for them?
I received the Belly Armor Luxe blanket to review and it is perfect for me.
I use it by laying it on top of baby while I’m nursing him if I know I’m going to be on my phone or reading a book on my iPad (which I do a lot during our frequent evening nursing sessions). It’s really lightweight and soft. I also plan on using this with my next pregnancy by draping it over my belly to block baby from excessive everyday radiation exposure.
Another concern I had that was quickly put to rest by the founder of Belly Armor was the material itself. Would it have any harmful impact on baby or myself? The answer is no. It’s free of heavy metals, dyes, and allergens and has gone through much independent testing. The results are all available on Belly Armor’s webpage. Plus the blanket is machine washable and won’t lose any effectiveness through washing!
All in all I’m thrilled with Belly Armor and the Luxe Blanket.
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