Pregnancy and skeet


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marsh maniac
February 15, 2009, 11:28 AM
i need some opinions on whether or not my pregnant wife (15 weeks) should partake in a round of skeets.


thanks,
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KarenTOC
February 15, 2009, 11:32 AM
Check with her doctor.

GEM
February 15, 2009, 11:40 AM
No - this is debate before. The issue is sound and lead/chemical exposure. You can google this or search the main gun forums.

Some folks will say there is no risk - others will quote med articles suggesting some.

My view - a baby and child is for life, not shooting for the term is a short time. If there is a risk, which is more important?

Some will post their wife did XYZ and their kid is fine - no guarantee for you.

pmeisel
February 15, 2009, 11:57 AM
Depends on the woman, but at 15 weeks she should be OK unless there is a reason to expect a risky pregnancy.

I have seen women (5'10" with big frame) running rototillers the week before delivery. On the other hand, my wife (short and small framed) was restricted to bed and couch after 6 months when she was carrying our twins.

kingpin008
February 15, 2009, 12:13 PM
Check with her doctor.

100% Agreed. If you want an appropriate response, talk to your doctor. We can give our opinions all day, but unless any of us are obstetricians (which there may be a few, but you get the idea) what we say won't mean a thing when it comes to your wife and future child's safety.

moooose102
February 15, 2009, 01:02 PM
NO! keep her away from the shooting range! missing a few months of shooting, in exchange for a HEALTHY child seems like a small price to pay. think about all of the guilt, medical, greif, emotional stress that could come about if you found out later caused a significant birth defect on the child. just does not seem like it is worth the risk to me.

Oro
February 15, 2009, 07:16 PM
Shooting skeet outdoors does not pose the lead risk exposure of indoor ranges. However, the thing I would be most worried about is Noise.

You can't muffle the womb, and noise intrusion and shock is a known developmental hazard. This reason alone would make me argue against it.

seale
February 15, 2009, 07:49 PM
Oro's comment is 100% correct. I'm amazed that only a few responders in this thread comprehend the fact that there is no way to protect the baby from the shock wave and noise from the blast.

Birdhunter1
February 16, 2009, 08:40 AM
My wife did it with no problems in her last month, she said the baby didn't move or kick when I fired off my .243 9 mm or AR 15.

expvideo
February 16, 2009, 08:55 AM
EDIT: Wildly inappropriate pun removed...

beatcop
February 16, 2009, 09:05 AM
Do not base your decision on anything posted here! Seek Professional Advice.

My uninformed opinion is that it sounds like a bad idea....If you wouldn't fire w/out earplugs, why would you subject a fetus to it.

DeathByCactus
February 16, 2009, 12:25 PM
My wife did it with no problems in her last month, she said the baby didn't move or kick when I fired off my .243 9 mm or AR 15.

Wait 15 years and you will see what you have done.... lol j/k man :) hehe

Double Naught Spy
February 16, 2009, 03:45 PM
There is no reason to exposure the fetus to the stresses of mineral, chemical, or auditory pressure exposure associated with recreational shooting.

Kindrox
February 16, 2009, 04:19 PM
Our doctor said going to the range was fine up until full term. She did it herself.

The wife still won't have it though.

Grey_Mana
February 16, 2009, 05:01 PM
If you seek professional advice, asking a run-of-the-mill ob/gyn or pediatrician won't cut it. This question is far beyond the scope of routine medical training. The American Medical Association's policies on gun-ownership and sporting are based on social policy, not biomechanical considerations.

If your doctor doesn't know the answer, they will turn to Stat!Ref or another electronic medical textbook. If they can't find the answer within 10 minutes, they'll give up (your insurance doesn't pay them enough). The default answer is always, 'Stay away from it.'

Having said that, no lead exposure is good for a developing fetus. Keeping the heavy metals down is better. Here is a link to government reports (http://www.epa.gov/NCEA/iris/subst/0277.htm).

JImbothefiveth
February 16, 2009, 06:08 PM
My wife did it with no problems in her last month, she said the baby didn't move or kick when I fired off my .243 9 mm or AR 15.
But you were firing those, and noise decreases drasticly with distance.

I'd say don't. Not only is there the lead and sound risk, but shotguns have a lot of recoil, even very light loads recoil like the heaviest .30-06 loads, which could even kill the baby.

Double Naught Spy
February 16, 2009, 07:49 PM
The American Medical Association's policies on gun-ownership and sporting are based on social policy, not biomechanical considerations.

Okay, we know that lead exposure is bad for the fetus.

We know that loud noise is bad for the fetus...
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/338069/noise_and_how_it_affects_even_the_unborn.html?cat=5

http://globalbioweather.com/unborn_child.html

http://www.nonoise.org/library/epahlth/epahlth.htm

http://www.lowertheboom.org/trice/reacting.htm

So if we know that lead exposure isn't good for the fetus and we know that loud noise exposure isn't good for the fetus, then introducing the fetus into an environment that offers both through the discharge of firearms definitely is NOT going to be beneficial for the fetus and indications are that it can have negative impacts. When you have negative impacts on developing organs and the CNS, you run the risk of having developmental problems or lifelong issues. Maybe your kid only goes down a few IQ points or is just a little less cooordinated then they could have been, you might not know the difference yourself, but it would remain that the fetus was unable to attain its full potential...and all for what...so mom could have some fun?

Add to that the repeated impact (noted just above) that would be anywhere from 17-35 lbs of recoil being transmitted through the body with each shotgun discharge, does the fetus really need to experience that?

Surely mom can wait for a little while.

expvideo
February 16, 2009, 07:51 PM
Am I really the only one that sees a hillariously irresistable and severely imature pun here? I must be the only person in the room under 50.

Birdhunter1
February 16, 2009, 09:10 PM
It is true that I was the one shooting them, but she did shoot my 16" bull barreled AR that is louder than my .243 and she shot her 9mm Springfield quite a bit and the baby never moved. We told the midwife about it at the next appointment and she said "good," since early on they told her just do what she's always done as normal activity (working out, walking etc) but do not over exert yourself. She went and worked out on a Thursday and popped a baby out Saturday morning 1 week overdue so she must have done something right.

wep45
February 16, 2009, 10:37 PM
i need some opinions on whether or not my pregnant wife (15 weeks) should partake in a round of skeets

how many posters do you think graduated from medical school:neener:

rfwobbly
February 16, 2009, 11:45 PM
I can only say that shooting skeet does not cause pregnancy.

Yosemite Sam
February 17, 2009, 12:56 AM
Am I really the only one that sees a hillariously irresistable and severely imature pun here? I must be the only person in the room under 50.

muwahahahah

I can only say that shooting skeet does not cause pregnancy.

On the contrary, skeeting is quite required for pregnancy to even happen, (unless the skeeter has really bad aim). :D

expvideo
February 17, 2009, 01:19 AM
ahhh... finally someone has gone there. I was waiting impatiently and I thought I was going to have to be the one to do it. :D

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