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Old 04-21-2009, 10:39 AM
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hey ladies i was wondering if you could help me ,would it be a bad idea if i was to take my daughter to an outdoor shooting range like burro.
she enjoys going and we have not had a chance to go in awhile and i was planning on going soon and as i have another daughter and son going i feel bad if i have to leave her out.
she is 16 wks . pregnant
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:41 AM
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I would be concerned about her being in such close proximity to lead...

This might be a good read
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Put some ear muffs on her stomach.
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Just my .02 on this matter but babies in-utero can hear quite a bit. They are basically in a huge vat of highly sound conductive liquid. I have always wondered what the effects could be on the baby if exposed (in utero) to loud noises such as that.

Personally, I would recommend staying away from shooting unless you are shooting airguns or really subsonic .22.

Of course, this could open up the market for fetal "ear plugs." I think I shall call it the "Pregna-Wrap", hehe.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:27 AM
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I would be concerned about her being in such close proximity to lead...

This might be a good read
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Many experts in the field share the same sentiments regarding training courses. Massad Ayoob, a widely regarded expert in the industry says: "I recall one obstetrician writing a few years ago that you shouldn't worry about it. That said, I can usually taste lead after I've been on a 'lead free range.' And I'm not a fetus. My own gut reaction is not to do it."

So anybody know what lead tastes like?
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:37 AM
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no shooting while pregnant
lead and noise are the concerns
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:40 AM
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I would even let my wife be near the range while she was pregnant. You have to remember, the baby is floating in liquid. Sound amplifies in liquids and travels very loud.

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Been there, done that -- and I don't recommend it.

I was a pistol competitor well before my first son was born. Since it was mostly outdoor shooting, I didn't give it much thought until I was about 4 months. That's when the baby starts kicking, and he definitely did not like the noise level. I quit after that.

As for my second son, I definitely avoided indoor ranges because of the air quality. I quit shooting once I found out I was expecting, having learned from my earlier experience.

My kids come first, scores way later.
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what about recoil concerns.. what is she shooting...
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:21 PM
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well thank all of you for your reply i guess i knew the answer , just needed to hear from other people , just kind of felt like i was leaving her out, and hated that thought.
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interesting thread 4sure
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, just kind of felt like i was leaving her out, and hated that thought.
she's preggy, she needs to get used to B N left out.
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Old 04-22-2009, 9:34 AM
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My girlfriend went to the range with me once, and we are pregnant now.

I left her in the car, and told her it would be a quick trip(100 rounds of .45, with 50 from a .22 to warm up). She walked up when I was transitioning from my .22 to the .45, and as soon as I started shooting, she was right behind me. I fired 20 rounds, and she told me the baby started jumping when she got close(about 5 yards away). I didn't even know she got out of the car, and I was afraid at first that I damaged my kid's hearing. I posted about this on another forum, and I was told not to worry about that one time, but don't make a regular habit out of taking her to the range, for noise and lead concerns. One member said something about a sibling being born deaf to a certain frequency because the mother was pregnant during the Blitz in WW2.

All that said, I can wait until my son gets old enough to hold a firearm responsibly before I expose him to the gun range again.
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Congrats to you both on the upcoming bambino.

I was lucky enough to have my oldest son shoot with me on team events when he was a junior competitor. He's a better shot than me (old age!), so I'm glad he got to grow up safely around firearms.

My second son will be with me at this weekend's Bunny Shoot. He's getting the bug too!
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Old 04-22-2009, 8:07 PM
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I was just going to get on to post this same question!

I'm 17 weeks pregnant, and haven't been shooting in a few months due to being busy. I was planning on going soon and then saw in my shooting range rules no pregnant women! I was going to ask why that wouldn't be allowed. It never really even occurred to me that the noise could be an issue but that makes sense. I still want to order my new CZ P-01 handgun, though. Do you think I will be able to stand not shooting it for 5 more months??
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If we were allowed to have silencers this whole thing wouldn't be an issue...

While I would not recommend shooting to pregnant women, a viable option is a .22 shooting subsonic loads, like CCI CB Longs at 29gr@700 fps OR Aguila Super Colibri, 20gr@500fps, etc. That way, you can focus on your muscle control/shooting routine and whatnot and still make sure your "bun in the oven" is safe. Aguila Super Colibri is 21 bucks for 500rds at the gun show and it is well worth it for safe plinking.

Remember, hearing is the hardest sense to lose, so protect it!
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Old 04-23-2009, 7:20 AM
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yeah it's a real bummer. My wife who we just found out is pregnant with no.2 still has not been able to go to the range to shoot my 10/22 haha.. and we were pretty excited about going on a date to the range to go shooting and 2 days later found out that she was pregnant again.. and I just got a remington 700 SPS tactical in .223 so that she would be able to shoot it and enjoy it.... what are ya gonna do right? Kits are a blast thought and well worth protecting!
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Yea, my wife was all happy she was pregnant and bummed because it took her shooting down to zero. Shes went once i think since little man was born, and as soon as I get back, we plan on one of our first dates going out to Chabot for a few relaxing hours of shooting!
To the OP, I say bring her if its an outdoor range, but with the understanding she needs to maintain a good distance from the firing line. Possibly set up a picnic area in the shade and let her hang out there?
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It's a tough wait to get back on the firing line, but well worth it when you get to see your kids are healthy.

Me, I had to convince myself that bowling was the next best option!
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All who are recently pregnant should be just fine. Ears and hearing don't develop until 15-18 weeks.
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Studies have shown shooting while pregnant increases the likelyhood of male baby.
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All who are recently pregnant should be just fine. Ears and hearing don't develop until 15-18 weeks.
Good point... I will have to ask my mother about this...
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Good point... I will have to ask my mother about this...
Do you think she'll remember when your ears developed?
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I would advise against it, big-time. Studies have shown even the type and volume of music you listen to affects the baby.
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I would advise against it, big-time. Studies have shown even the type and volume of music you listen to affects the baby.
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This thread made me lol. Seems like such a bad idea yet I applaud the dedication.
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My wife and I were planning on our first child. Went to see the doctor since she is diabetic and asked if it was okay to still go shooting while she was pregnant. Doctor looked at us and said she could not condone us shooting drugs. I explained it would be a firearm that was being used and she said why would you want to do that (this is San Francisco afterall). When asked about the medical ramifications she said it would be like firing a handgun while underwater. Yeah like we have all done that. Walked out disgusted and are using my wife's insurance instead of mine now. This time we asked the same questions and they came back with the response of highly reccomend against it, primarily for the lead dust and not the sound. Also said most studies included female instructors who spend more time at the range. Hope this helps.
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Shooting while pregnant is a big NO....Sorensen440 is correct. I had my doctors stress this with me this last year. It is because of the lead which can cause development issues and the noise on developing ears.

Believe me it sucks not to be able to shoot but not taking a chance harming my unborn child in anyway was more important. Plus having everyone out of the house gave me a chance to nap without someone calling for me to do, find or stop something.
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I came across this today: http://www.pregnancy360.com/kari-byron

Unfortunately it doesn't say anything about her findings regarding ballistics and babies. Only that she needs to be 5,000 feet away from bombs. o.O
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I have a 7 month old and I am finally back to:
shooting
riding motorcycles
eating sushi
drinking

It was completely worth the sacrifice to do the best I could for a healthy baby. I was disappointed to find out I couldn't shoot due to the lead and the possible noise issues. Now I leave the baby at home with my husband so I can go shooting.

Congratulations on your family's upcoming addition!
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So anybody know what lead tastes like?[/QUOTE]

If you're at an indoor range with bad ventilation and you start to get a sweet metalic taste in your mouth, that's lead.
Would venture to say, that's beyond the damage to fetus thresh hold.
Experienced it here in Modesto, once, about 18 years ago.
Never went back to shoot there again
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