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Girls With Guns: What to Do While Pregnant

By    |   Monday, 06 Apr 2015 09:39 AM

Shooting is a sport that has exploded in popularity among women in recent years, and as any responsible gun owner knows, that means girls with guns are also making practice a regular part of their routine. Little has been discussed, however, about the kind of precautions a woman should take while pregnant.

One of the concerns of shooting while pregnant is the potential for lead exposure. Physicians know that lead crosses the placental barrier, which means that anything that you are exposed to, your baby is too.

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Anytime you are dealing with ammo or guns that haven't been cleaned since the last use, the potential for lead exposure is a possibility. One way to minimize this risk is to shoot outdoors, where it is well ventilated.

You should also avoid eating, drinking, applying make up, or anything else that requires you to put your hands near your face while shooting, because this can lead to unknowingly ingesting it or getting it into your mucous membranes, where it is easily absorbed.

Another concern with shooting during pregnancy is the loud noise. The womb only muffles approximately 10db ( decibels), yet gunfire decibels can range anywhere from 125-150db. A fetus begins hearing noises at about 16 weeks gestation, and the structures for hearing are beginning to develop at around 8 weeks gestation.

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An article from the Tennessee Tech University website by Dr. Fabrice Czarnecki and Elizabeth Kennedy states, "Noise exposure during pregnancy has been associated, in human studies, with several adverse outcomes including miscarriage, intrauterine growth, retardation, preterm delivery, hearing loss in babies and children and hypertension in pregnancy." 

International shooting champion and mother, Julie Golob says
, "You have to think about it just like all the other risks to pregnancy, such as eating sushi. When I was pregnant, I was very careful and didn't take any risks at all, including shooting.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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