Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jrfoxx, Jan 22, 2005.
This is just from one study, there are many more if you google "lead and placenta"
"When a pregnant woman has an elevated blood lead level, that lead can easily be transferred to the fetus, as lead crosses the placenta. In fact, pregnancy itself can cause lead to be released from the bone, where lead is storedâ€”often for decadesâ€”after it first enters the blood stream. (The same process can occur with the onset of menopause.) Once the lead is released from the mother's bones, it re-enters the blood stream and can end up in the fetus. In other words, if a woman had been exposed to enough lead as a child for some of the lead to have been stored in her bones, the mere fact of pregnancy can trigger the release of that lead and can cause the fetus to be exposed. In such cases, the baby is born with an elevated blood lead level."
Hope sleep is not that important...
Keep her away from the range for now. It's just not worth putting your baby at risk.
thanks for the replies. i figured best to err on the safe. and we see her doctor agai soon. as i am navy, i plan to teach her as much ass i can at home before i deploy in march i would like fpr her to be confidant with whaterver gun i leave her.so i will do my best at 'home 'training' home for now........
Sound transmits better through fluid than air, and your baby's head is underwater right now, so sound is an issue.
Lead is a possible issue also, I guess, but I am not sure if it would pass across the placenta.
I can only speak from the experiences with my wife. We went shooting once when she was right around 5 months pregnant, and she gave up after about 5 rounds with my .40S&w, because she got tired of the baby 'jumping' each time she pulled the trigger. It was fairly obvious to us that some form of stimulous was getting to the baby, and it seemed the safe, prudent and overly cautious thing to do was stop shooting.
More seriously, I don't know what the medicos say, but if you want to play it safe, let her practice with an airgun. The principles are the same (but the joy isn't quite there).
The author summarizes :
I'll just add this: When YOU are done shooting, change clothes and shower before hanging around or sleeping with the wife. And if your wife usually does the laundry, put the range clothes in the washer yourself!
Better safe than sorry.
Welcome to the adventure!
Congrats on the baby, btw. Good friend's wife had one this weekend, and another friend had one two months ago. My baby is turning 3 in April and the wife is starting to want another (I'm wanting one too)
Congrats. Ours is coming end of February.
This was not meant to cut down or belittle the author. Please don't take it the wrong way.
My wife and I just had a little girl on Dec 22. We used to ride on my vibromatic- Harley Davidson up until the end of month #7. We also rode my Ducati on really twisty roads at up to 3x the speed limit. Both bikes are not good for the baby....weren't necessarily "good" for us, either. When my wife got too big to get on the back of the bike, we started going to an indoor range. We only shot smaller caliber loads, didn't shoot if there were more than two other people shooting besides us, if the baby got to moving too much, she left the range, and she wore a respirator to reduce lead exposure (and washed her hands and changed clothes after shooting).
I know. Lots of you are thinking "Oh, so horrible!". Yeah, well, things that cause more damage to a fetus were avoided throughout the pregnancy.....I quit my band so that my wife and I weren't around cigarette smoke (she always went with me to gigs), BOTH of us quit drinking, vitamins were taken as directed, diets were watched, and all doctor's appointments were met......interestingly, my mom smoked with me and my three sisters, drank, went to the range with my dad, and who knows what else was done. All of us came out fine.......Anyway, our daughter was born 2 1/2 weeks early, was in all safe areas of size and weight, her hearing and sight checked out fine by all of their preliminary tests, and she's healthy as a mule...gaining 33% worth of her birth weight in the first two weeks.
Anyway, my two cents worth.......do as you like, take precautions, understand that there are consequences for EVERYTHING you do, and don't worry too much..........don't forget, using a cell phone can cause cancer, sitting too close to the TV can cause cancer, drinking too much water can cause you to drown, the aluminum in your drink can will cause Alzhiemers, and every time you get in your car, you run the risk of getting into an accident.
pellets/BBs and lead dust-pregnancy
"Air rifles and pistols with BBs do not generate lead dust..."
Always be aware of the ingestion route of lead contamination. Handling pellets and BBs does put lead on your hands. Always wash up thoroughly after shooting air.
Women's Outlook (NRA magazine) did an article on shooting while pregnant a year or so ago. Maybe look in the Women's Shooting area on the web page.
I knew a couple that shot together at the skeet and trap club untill she was about 7 months pregnant. When the baby was born, aboy, he had serious hearing problems that required many surgeries to correct. They don't know for sure that the shooting was the problem, but the doctor who took care of them said it could of lead to the initial problem of hearing damage to the baby after the second month.
It's been about 10 years since this has happened, and they have not shot again at our club. I have seen them around on occasion and inquire how they are. They say that their boy has only about 60% of his hearing and has to wear hearing aids.
My two cents...
hmmm, relative risk...now THERE'S a interesting analysis...
"I don't know nothin' about shootin' or fightin' but if it was me..."
I'm 14 weeks pregnant now. I won't go shooting at an indoor range due to lead/noise issues. I did hunt deer quite a bit during my first few weeks of pregnancy, but 1) I hunt with a suppressed rifle so noise isn't an issue, and 2) I never had to fire more than one round a day so exposure to lead was minimal.
Someone else mentioned solvents and oils. This is important - your wife shouldn't handle them at all until after she's done breastfeeding. Also, do all of the gun cleaning outside.
pythonguy mentioned that lead in a woman's bones will leech out into her bloodstream while she's pregnant. Just a thought - and no I'm not a doctor - but I know that if a woman doesn't ingest enough calcium while pregnant to support the growing baby's needs, her body will supply it from her bones. The lead may be released along with the calcium in those women. So, tell her to keep her calcium intake high!
My experience echos Priv8ter's. At each shot, the baby would jump. We figured it probably wasn't the best for the baby for the wife to continue shooting then.
Hey, the bright side is that it won't be too long now, and she can pick back up again.
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