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Shooting and pregnancy

A reader asks for thoughts about if one should shoot while knocked up. I’m not a doctor but a nurse with a gun posted this a while back.

9 Responses to “Shooting and pregnancy”

  1. Barron Barnett Says:

    Julie Golob did a post on it recently as well.

  2. Mad Saint Jack Says:

    From Lima Life from Youtube

  3. Jerry Says:

    I snipped this from a local(F.F.)website.

    “Pregnant women are discouraged from shooting. No late pregnancy shooters allowed due to health concerns from sound percussion. “

  4. MrSatyre Says:

    I have to believe that the sound level is just too damned high and that the fetus would have permanent hearing loss (if it came out being able to hear anything at all).

  5. Patrick Says:

    My wife and I talked to a number of doctors – some of whom are shooters – while she was pregnant. No significant body of research exists on the topic; some noise research has been done but even that was aimed at consistent levels of harmful sound – not the intermittent sound of a gunshot. Lead was only an issue with dust, but we shoot outdoors so it might not have been a problem. Nobody was sure of anything.

    So the simple conclusion from all of us was: why take the chance?

    We had to leave a movie in the first pregnancy when the baby started getting upset and kicking during a loud action scene. So in addition to shooting, she had to stop going to the movies. But the little buggers can hear and sometimes they do not like it.

    My wife missed the chance to head out and go shooting, but found that it was more fun after the babies. And two babies later we really never made it back to the movies. Nothing there that cannot wait for DVD.

  6. Joe Huffman Says:

    I always considered the tissue between the baby and the outside world as good or better than putting your hands over your ears. Which is pretty good noise reduction. But I could be persuaded otherwise with some good data.

  7. NavyDoc Says:

    Another factor to consider, mainly with indoor ranges, is lead exposure which can cause a number of problems. This is probably not a factor for the occasional shooter, but frequent indoor shooters, especially if it is not well ventilated can actually inhale enough lead, which passes to the bloodstream, for it to be detectable through blood tests and even cause health problems (mainly seen in range officers or other range regulars). As I said, it probably wouldn’t be a problem if you shoot a couple of times, but if it were my wife I’d advise her to hold off for a while because there’s really no point in risking it. There’s always the compound bow to play with.

  8. Justthisguy Says:

    The conclusion that any rational woman (yes, there are such; my Mom was one) should draw from these data is that one should only allow herself to be impregnated by a guy who is seriously good at protecting his woman, so she doesn’t have to worry too much about protecting herself while pregnant, and can just happily wallow in the joy of gestation.

  9. Justthisguy Says:

    P.s. Sometimes, of course, there ain’t much joy. My sister-in-law had an horrible time with her one pregnancy. The niece she eventually produced turned out pretty cool, though somewhat neurally divergent like her Dad, her uncle, and her maternal Grandpa (an engineer).