Shooting while pregenant???

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by FlaChef, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    Is this a no-no or not??
    5 out of 6 home preggy tests agree :lol: Still got to get the doctor's test though.

    we have a competition handgun class this month at an indoor range. Then she was going to start idpa w/ me once a month on an outdoor range? ... opic&t=634

    do we just go, or go and wear gloves/mask or cancell?

    I found one thread on gt women's issues but no definite answers were given.

    if the wife does keep shooting we're definitely switching to winclean ammo for her, should i go w/the completely non lead "green" ammo?

    GAWD this is wierd, mind not really wrapping around it, kinda like the idea of one-day turning 30 8O

  2. IDPASteyr

    IDPASteyr Guest

    Chef, Even if you go to green ammo, there is still a significant risk of lead exposure at indoor ranges. I would not have her do any indoor shooting and I'd limit her outdoor shooting. This is too important to take the risk. PM me if you wish to get more detail.
  3. RangerM9

    RangerM9 New Member


    Hey FlaChef, Congrats man!....

    Turning 30 is not that hard....considering that the only other option is dying before you get there...

    IF I were you ...and based on the readings that have been sent in....I'd put a hold on her shooting for now....far too much to risk.....I work in a children's hospital.....and i see soooo many things wrong with little kids as it is.... why risk it?

    if it's a him wilhelm bublitz...(did i spell that right?)

  4. hihoslva

    hihoslva Guest

    Chef - congrats on the soon-to-be new addition to the family!!

    I would absolutely keep your wife far away from anything firearms related.

    There is serious risk of lead exposure when shooting & handling firearms & ammo. For adults, the risk factors are fairly mild. But young kids are very susceptible to lead poisoning. An unborn child's risk HAS to be greater.

    The last thing you'd want is a child with birth defects or issues of the brain due to a few shooting sessions.

    IMHO, it's not worth the risk at ALL. Keep your wife away from shooting ranges and don't allow her to clean, fire, or even handle any guns until after the pregnancy. Why take a chance?

    Congrats again - and my best to the expectant mother!
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Ditto the above!!!

  6. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    Man I have stepped into a hornet's nest on this one 8O

    Looking for the FACTS is hard.

    I agree no risk is worth it but IS there any risk involved. The two issues seem to be noise and lead.

    while the first article i posted is inconclusive the link to the THR forum seems to be solid, and even the noise issue in the first article is for after 8 weeks of development.

    There is no solid medical study on the subject anywhere that i can find and doctor's sometimes give "we don't know" warnings and sometimes "No reason not to w/ precautions" go aheads.

    I think we're going to stop after the 8 weeks boudry, but what about untill then. And what's up w/ the lead exposure would be less than is already in any shooters body statement from "doc" and there is contradiction on how much lead a fetus actually recieves from the mother.

    Apparently numerous ob/gyn's give the go ahead and an equal number say stop just in case.

    IF we do, even if they give an unqualified go ahead we would still go w/ the nearly hazmat set up (mask gloves long sleeve cover garment) just for peace of mind.
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Congratulations FlaChef!

    FWIW, the Blackwater instructors that taught our NC CCW class made it a point in their presentation to strongly discourage any pregnant woman from shooting and being around firearms.

    Shooting is a fantastic sport and tough to give up for any length of time, but it will definitely still be there after the baby arrives. If your wife wants to keep her skills up during her pregnancy, she can do so by practicing with your new Airsoft gun!

    Seriously, why would you want to risk ANY increase in probability of birth defects, irrespective of what your research finds? As others have said, this is too much to risk for a hobby.

    Best regards to you and the new mom-to-be!

  8. alagator

    alagator New Member

    Don't even think about it. Sure there is uncertainty on this topic, but your family will live with any errors forever, so err on the side of safety. The research on fetal development is fragmentary, you can't do the usual scientific studies, but in utero exposure to lead, mercury and other heavy metals can be devastating to the central nervous system as it develops. One reason the science is contradictory has to do with differences in dosage and in the timing of the exposure. I will tell you this-- my daughter is a pediatrician, and when she was pregnant she went alcohol free for the entire 9 months. She didn't even use insect repellent (summer in Alaska!!) until she quit nursing the baby. Overkill-- probably, but she had read too many studies. Now that I am on my bandwagon-- also be very aware that most fish now has mercury contamination-- so you eat the fish and tell her how good it is. Sorry about the rant-- can you tell I am an environmental science teacher? Congratulations-- this child is a precious gift-- you must treat it as such. Your life is about to change in ways you can't imagine. Enjoy!!
  9. Alabama

    Alabama Guest

    Naughty Chef...


    C'mon, chef, let the boy/girl develop a trigger finger before you put the Steyr in his/her hand! JK... all the best! :!:
  10. FlaChef

    FlaChef Guest

    Unfortunately this is no longer a concern due to to medical complications :(

    thanks all for your replys, we will keep them in mind for next time.
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest


    I am very sorry to hear of this new development. I hope you and your wife are, and remain, well.

  12. Alabama

    Alabama Guest


    Thinkin' bout y'all, man
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    My deepest regrets go out to you both. Surely it will go much better next time.
  14. Deluxe247

    Deluxe247 Supporting Member

    Sorry to hear about that Chef. I know from personal experience how stressful this sort of thing can be. If things aren't meant to be, nature has a way of sorting things out. On a positive note, this is not a one shot deal and you can keep trying. I'm sure things will go much more smoothly the next time around.

  15. posterboy7

    posterboy7 New Member

    One more reason not to shoot while pregnant...

    This thread is two years old, but my partner is a midwife and I wanted to add another reason not to shot while pregnant.

    Yes, lead is a concern, but even more directly, the noise of gun fire close to the mother and in turn, the fetus, could potentially pose a risk to an unborn child. Remember, the fetus is in a bag of water, and water amplifies sound. Sound travels four times faster and is significantly more intense in water compared to air. Everyone wears hearing protection while shooting because, obviously, a gunshot is above the human hearing pain threshold. Now, a baby doesn't have hearing protection, merely thin layers of skin, membrane, muscle and clothing and a lot of sound amplifying water between its ears and a gunshot. Think depth charge. So, definitely no shooting while pregnant.