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Girls With Guns: Is Shooting Safe for Expectant Moms?

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 01:00 PM

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when making the decision to shoot, or not shoot during pregnancy. The most important decision is to talk with a physician first about the potential risks of shooting and handling ammunition before heading to the range. While "girls with guns" love to practice their firearm skills, expectant "moms with guns" need to take into consideration any impact on their health and the health of their baby.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer on whether it is safe for expectant moms to continue using their firearm, except of course, in the case of self-defense. Some mothers report that they visited the range up until their third trimester, others report that rather than take any risk, they put their range and hunting activities on hold.

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A well-armed expectant mother should also be well informed and the following information should be taken into consideration before shooting while pregnant.

Ammunition contains lead, which can be toxic. This is why indoor ranges invest in high-tech ventilation systems to circulate and clean the air in an effort to reduce any risk of exposure.

According to the American Cancer Society
, "The effects of lead on the nervous system are even more of a concern in young children, whose brains are still developing and whose bodies take in lead more readily. Lead poisoning in children can lead to lower intelligence, stunted growth, impaired hearing, and behavioral and learning problems. These problems can even appear in children whose mothers were exposed to lead while pregnant with them."

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Very loud noise can potentially be detrimental to a pregnancy. However, there is much debate on how well the fetus is able to hear loud sounds through the buffer of amniotic fluid as well as if there are negative effects of high decibels on fetal health.

The Police Policy Studies Council report on pregnant officers issues this caution. "In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration permissible exposure limit for rapid-impulse noise is 140 dB, with additional regulations for continuous noise. The sound levels of firearms are about 125 to 140 dB for rimfire rifles; 140 to 150 dB for rimfire pistols; and 150 to 160 dB for centerfire rifles, pistols, and shotguns."

Further, the PPSC states, "Noise exposure during pregnancy has been associated with several disorders, including miscarriage intrauterine growth retardation, preterm delivery, hearing loss in babies and children, altered immune response in the fetus, and hypertension."

Finally, there are safety issues regarding the chemicals used to clean firearms. Doctors Elizabeth Kennedy and Fabrice Czarnecki state, "Shooting and cleaning a firearm exposes you to other chemicals, including cleaning solvents, and other heavy metals, including barium, antimony, copper and arsenic. It is not clear, whether these chemicals are safe or dangerous for the fetus, during or after a shooting session."

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

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There are a number of factors to take into consideration when making the decision to shoot, or not shoot during pregnancy. The most important decision is to talk with a physician first about the potential risks of shooting and handling ammunition before heading to the range.
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