FAQs

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GENERAL

What is Belly Armor?

Belly Armor by RadiaShield is the definitive resource for information and tools to protect children in the womb and newborn children against the risks of everyday radiation. Made with RadiaShield® Fabric and the highest quality textiles, Belly Armor products provide baby-soft comfort, convenient safety, and reliable protection.

Belly Armor is a Trusted Partner of Healthy Child Healthy World, the leading organization in the U.S. addressing public health issues affecting our children and empowering parents to protect children from harmful environmental hazards.

Why do I need Belly Armor products?

Over the past few years there has been growing evidence that exposure to everyday radiation (low-frequency, non-ionizing radiation) may cause significant health risks, especially during pregnancy and early childhood. These risks have increased considerably over the past decade along with the prevalence of cell phones, computers, power lines, and other electronic devices. Health experts and organizations worldwide are advising precautionary measures to lower this exposure.

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Do Belly Armor products shield against ionizing radiation?

No. Belly Armor products do NOT shield against ionizing / high-frequency radiation (like x-rays), which are very dangerous and require different technology to protect against (such as the heavy aprons used when taking x-rays). Belly Armor products shield against non-ionizing radiation (10MHz~8GHz), which are emitted by everyday electronic devices and other ambient sources, such as cell phone towers, but they cannot completely shield against all low-frequency radiation exposure in your environments. If you believe you and/or your baby may have a health issue, see your doctor or health professional immediately.

Are Belly Armor products heavy?

No. RadiaShield® Fabric, the technology behind Belly Armor products, is ultra-light and similar in weight to a light tee-shirt cotton. Various Belly Armor products are available to complement your individual style and activities, but the RadiaShield® Fabric maintains exceptional breathability and does not add materially to the weight.

Are Belly Armor products safe?

Yes. Belly Armor products are very safe to use. They do not contain heavy metals, toxic dyes or common allergens.

However, as with all blankets, if you are using the Belly Blanket with babies, never leave babies unattended due to risk of suffocation. You can view independent product safety tests on RadiaShield® Fabric here.]

Will Belly Armor products set off airport security equipment?

Possibly. The RadiaShield® Fabric in Belly Armor products is made of silver fibers, so it CAN trigger highly calibrated metal detectors. Most metal detectors the TSA and other security administrators use is not calibrated to be sensitive enough to be triggered by the thin RadiaShield® Fabric, but it is a possibility. We recommend simply informing the security officer that your apparel is metallic, which is easily verified with a security wand.

What does Belly Armor do for Corporate Social Responsibility?

Belly Armor products are made with socially and environmentally responsible processes. We manufacture Belly Armor products in our own dedicated facilities, all of which adhere to GMP standards (Good Manufacturing Practices), our packaging is made with recycled paper, and we balance our carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets through TerraPass.

Core to Belly Armor’s mission and vision is promoting awareness on pre-natal health issues. Belly Armor is a trusted partner of Healthy Child Healthy World and a portion of all Belly Armor proceeds go towards programs for promoting women’s pre-natal health.

PRODUCT EFFICACY

What are Belly Armor products made of?

Belly Armor products are made with RadiaShield® Fabric and the highest quality textiles. The “active ingredient” in Belly Armor products, RadiaShield® Fabric, is a highly conductive silver textile with similar shielding properties as a 1/4-inch thick sheet of aluminum.
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How do Belly Armor products work?

RadiaShield® Fabric shields against everyday radiation by neutralizing incoming electromagnetic waves, canceling out the ambient radiation and reducing your exposure. RadiaShield® Fabric is composed primarily of silver fibers. Silver fibers, a conductive and safe textile material, creates a highly conductive fabric that is able to shield radiation in a similar way as a sheet of metal would. This is the same approach utilized in industrial and military applications, but designed to be safe, comfortable, and convenient enough for pregnant women. Click here to learn more.

How do I know if Belly Armor products are working

The RadiaShield® Fabric used in Belly Armor products have undergone rigorous internal and external testing to ensure maximum shielding effectiveness. Independent testing in FCC-certified and NVLAP-accredited labs have verified shielding effectiveness of 99.9% across the range of everyday radiation (10MHz~8GHz with ~50dB) – view report.
But, no need to take our word for it – you can try The Cell Phone Test.

If the Cell Phone Test isn’t working, does that mean my Belly Armor product is not shielding?

The Cell Phone Test is meant as an indicator of effectiveness. However, in areas of extremely high cellular strength, your cell phone may still register a signal, even if 99% of the signal is being shielded. This does not mean shielding is not happening – in fact, it most likely means that is an area of abnormally high cellular signals.

If you are having problems with the Cell Phone Test, please ensure that you are fully enclosing the cell phone with the RadiaShield® Fabric facing the phone, that you are giving it at least 1 minute for the signal to dissipate, and that you are checking the signal immediately after uncovering. If problems persist, try using a different cell phone and a different location.

Do Belly Armor products lose their ability to shield over time?

The Cell Phone Test is meant as an indicator of effectiveness. However, in areas of extremely high cellular strength, your cell phone may still register a signal, even if 99% of the signal is being shielded. This does not mean shielding is not happening – in fact, it most likely means that is an area of abnormally high cellular signals.

If you are having problems with the Cell Phone Test, please ensure that you are fully enclosing the cell phone with the RadiaShield® Fabric facing the phone, that you are giving it at least 1 minute for the signal to dissipate, and that you are checking the signal immediately after uncovering. If problems persist, try using a different cell phone and a different location.

Do Belly Armor products lose their ability to shield after machine-washing?

No. RadiaShield® Fabric does not lose its shielding effectiveness after machine-washing. RadiaShield® Fabric has been tested to maintain shielding efficacy well beyond industry-standards for machine-washing durability testing.

Do Belly Armor products shield against radiation from air travel?

There are many types of radiation exposure during air travel – radiation from airplane equipment (from the devices and wi-fi used by the passengers onboard), and from cosmic radiation (the result of having less atmosphere between the radiation of space and yourself). Belly Armor products shield with high efficacy the radiation from airplane equipment, wi-fi, the devices of other passengers onboard, and the microwave portion of cosmic radiation. Belly Armor does not shield against the x-rays and gamma rays from cosmic radiation.

PRODUCT CHOICE, USE AND CARE

How do I choose the best Band/Tee size for me?

Every pregnancy is different. The best way to choose the correct size Belly Armor product for you is based on your pre-pregnancy size. Detailed sizing charts are available for the Belly Band, the Belly Band Embrace, and the Belly Tee. These products will generally accommodate the growing belly throughout the entire pregnancy, although some prefer to get a slightly bigger size at the start of pregnancy for a less snug feel towards the end of pregnancy.

How do I use Belly Armor products?

Belly Armor is designed to be as convenient as possible for expecting mothers to use in their everyday lives. Please refer to the Products page for details on specific products.

How often should I use Belly Armor products?

The health risks from electromagnetic radiation are driven by the amount of exposure and the intensity of exposure. Any reduction of either the amount or intensity of exposure to everyday radiation will reduce your health risk.
It is impossible to completely eliminate radiation exposure, but by using Belly Armor products during period of higher risk activities (while on mobile phones or using a laptop on your lap), you can significantly reduce you and your baby’s risk.

How should I care for my Belly Armor products?

Belly Armor products are easy to care for – we recommend machine-washing in cold water with similar colors and air-drying. Do not bleach.

ORDERING

When will I receive my order?

Online orders are processed and shipped within 48 hours.
For orders in the United States, we ship via the United States Postal Service, please allow 5-7 days for shipment. For orders outside the United States, shipping times will vary depending on the customs requirements and local delivery times.

What are my payment options?

We accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) for orders made on our site, with charges in United States Dollars.

What are my shipping options?

We charge a flat shipping rate of US$7.99 for all orders shipped to a destination within the United States. For orders to all other countries, we charge a flat rate of US$34.99.

Can I buy Belly Armor products through other retailers?

Yes. You can see our North American Retailers here and our International Distributors and Retailers here. If there is a particular product you are interested in, we recommend calling beforehand since not all retailers have the entire product line in-stock.

How do I buy Belly Armor products from outside of the United States?

Please see our International Retailers page for retail locations in your country. We also ship internationally to most countries – they are listed in the drop-down menu when you input your shipping destination while ordering online. You can email info@bellyarmor.com with any inquiries.

Can I make a gift purchase on your site?

Unfortunately, we do not yet offer gift-wrapping or messaging services. However, you can place orders to be shipped to your gift recipient but please note the shipment will still include an invoice.

What is Belly Armor’s return policy?

Belly Armor is fully committed to your health, safety, and convenience. If for any reason you are not entirely satisfied with your Belly Armor product, we are happy to provide a full refund if returned within 30 days of purchase. For returns, please e-mail support@bellyarmor.com with your order number and the reason for your return.

OTHER

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Where can I learn more about everyday radiation?

You can find other Resources on everyday radiation here.

I have feedback and ideas for Belly Armor products – how do I tell you?

We’d love to hear your thoughts – please email us at info@bellyarmor.com, or tell us what you think here.

I still have more questions…

If there is anything we have not answered here, please email us at info@bellyarmor.com.