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    Shooting while Pregnant??

    This week I introduced my female work partner to the joy of shooting. For one who had never shot ANYTHING, she did well and is now very interested in getting her own.
    The question came up about shooting while pregnant (the other carry). As a male, I have never considered the question. Would the noise & concussion be detrimental?
    TIA

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  3. I'd be highly concerned that the loud noise could cause brain damage to the fetus and the child might grow up to be a liberal.

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    My biggest concern would not be the noise, it would be the lead. After every time you shoot, you are to wash you hand and clothes throughly because of the lead that may contaminate your clothes and get all over your hands. You need to be carefull not to touch your eyes and month with your hands until you have washed them. Lead can cause birth defects. So my advise is you should avoid shooting until after the baby is born.

  5. My wife is pregnant and I've looked into this a little bit. From what I found both noise and lead are issues of concern. There is no definitive research I could find on this issue but I determined it was best to just wait until the pregnancy was over, no reason to risk it.

    What I found was that the noise is believed to be an issue especially after 20 weeks gestation because that is when the baby's hearing is beginning to develop. Sound travels much easier in fluid as opposed to air. The concussive force of the sound could also cause damage to the baby. It was recommended that if you were going to shoot, to do so at an outdoor range and to wear many layers of clothing and a coat to help shield the baby from the noise and concussive forces and to use smaller caliber ammunition.

    Lead exposure was also listed as a concern for the mother and baby. Again it was recommended that if you were going to shoot, to do so at an outdoor range to get the most fresh air, have someone else handle all ammo and loading, to wear a mask, do not eat or drink while on the range, to wash hands with cold water after shooting, wash all clothes seperatly after shooting and to take a cool shower after shooting.

    Again, there was no definitive research on this subject that I could find. Just lots of opinions and suggestions. I found the word "could" and "may" used frequently. There are some law enforcement dept. that do not allow their pregnant officers on the range or to qualify if they are pregnant. In the my wife and I made the decision to keep her away from the range until after the pregnancy. Too bad because I think she was just starting to get a little interested in shooting. She just told me she wanted to join me at the range the next time I went! Better safe than sorry though.

    The best answer though would be to have the mom to be talk to her OB and get their professional opinion.

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    I had a pregnant (first trimester) lady inquire about firearms classes for her and her husband. I told her that I would be glad to teach her, but only upon receipt of a statement from her Dr. saying that it would be safe for her fetus to do so. I've had several similar requests over the years, with identical requirements by me, and have never received a statement from a Dr. saying it would be safe to shoot during pregnancy. I haven't found any concrete evidence, either way. I won't risk damaging the hearing of an unborn child, but here are a couple of considerations.....

    Dangerous Decibels » Hearing Loss
    •A typical conversation occurs at 60 dB - not loud enough to cause damage.
    •A bulldozer that is idling (note that this is idling, not actively bulldozing) is loud enough at 85 dB that it can cause permanent damage after only 1 work day (8 hours).
    •When listening to music on earphones at a standard volume level 5, the sound generated reaches a level of 100 dB, loud enough to cause permanent damage after just 15 minutes per day!
    •A clap of thunder from a nearby storm (120 dB) or a gunshot (140-190 dB, depending on weapon), can both cause immediate damage.
    then this........

    http://www.theppsc.org/Staff_Views/C...nt_officer.htm

    Noise usually is considered to be detrimental during pregnancy. In most European countries, health regulations forbid pregnant women from working in surroundings with a continuous noise level greater than 80 dB or a rapid-impulse noise level greater than 40 dB, which is much less than the noise of a firearm [6]. In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration permissible exposure limit for rapid-impulse noise is 140 dB, with additional regulations for continuous noise. The sound levels of firearms are about 125 to 140 dB for rimfire rifles; 140 to 150 dB for rimfire pistols; and 150 to 160 dB for centerfire rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

    Intrauterine measurements showed that the fetus was not significantly protected against loud noises . One study in human volunteers found a maximal intrauterine noise attenuation of 10 dB at 4000 Hz [9]. In a study of ewes, the noise attenuation was 20 dB at 4000 Hz, but the noise inside the uterus was 2 to 5 dB greater at 250 Hz . In comparison, foam plugs offer attenuation of 12 to 20 dB and are considered to be the least effective hearing protection .

    Noise exposure during pregnancy has been associated with several disorders, including miscarriage, intrauterine growth retardation, preterm delivery, hearing loss in babies and children, altered immune response in the fetus, and hypertension. A combined exposure to noise and lead seems to have an increased toxicity, causing heart lesions, which are not observed for those agents alone.

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    My wife is 17 weeks pregnant, we have a doctor's visit in a couple weeks, I'll be sure to ask him then.

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    Conclusion from this thread. If you feel it is dangerous to the mother and the fetus then you let her die at the hands of a BG, which BTW is more dangerous to the mother and the fetus. Not sure how you can get a new woman to practice though. Odds are that any "what if" will be within that 5 yard type confrontation and all she really has to know is what to expect with the firearm. Practice with a 22 with its minimum noise and recoil and she should get enough familiarity to carry a small caliber firearm.

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    Train her BEFORE she becomes pregnant. NOT rocket science. Whatever works for ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Train her BEFORE she becomes pregnant. NOT rocket science. Whatever works for ya.
    Maybe, if maybe you had read my entire reply, your bile would not have gotten to your brain with your reply. I assume from your answer the first thing you will do when you decide to have children is buy her a firearm and take her to the range. Sometimes, if you understand birds and bees, this does not always work out the right way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelcarry View Post
    Conclusion from this thread. If you feel it is dangerous to the mother and the fetus then you let her die at the hands of a BG, which BTW is more dangerous to the mother and the fetus.
    One of the more ludicrous posts on this forum.

    My wife and I shot together BEFORE we had children. Again, NOT rocket science.... for most of us. You sir, appear to be an exception.
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