Yes, you can shoot while you’re pregnant. However, you have to face some consequences which are written further down in the article. If there is an emergency, then and then try to shoot a gun while you’re pregnant. The consequences which are discussed below can cause discomfort for you as well as your baby.
If you visit a gun range and try to shoot the gun, then it will be harmful to your developing baby. Shooting a gun might be your way to get rid of stress or you just enjoy shooting as a hobby, but during pregnancy, you have to get rid of shooting and avoid going into ranges.
Some of the users might fail to understand the consequences or rather deny them. But, while you’re pregnant you have to take most care of the baby.
So first of all we will consider the possible risks that create damage to you as well as your baby.
The possible risks:
The two main reasons why you should not fire a gun while you’re pregnant are written below. Doctors also suggest these two reasons for avoiding gun shootings.
- Exposure to lead and other metals/ chemicals that come out when you fire a gun.
- Exposure to loud noise.
These are the main reasons for avoiding shooting a gun while you are pregnant. The baby doesn’t have any protection from these types of harmful gases and the mother will also inhale those gases which harm the baby. Now we will see how exposure to lead harms your body.
When you shoot a bullet from a gun, it releases lead particles into the air. The lead particles can land on your hands and you can also inhale them if you’re not wearing a proper face mask.
Lead can be a harmful substance if it goes inside your body. It damages your body, no matter who you are. This is the reason why many manufacturers are trying to remove the lead element from the gun.
Lead can cause health issues like fatigue, loss of appetite, severe headache and many more if you overexpose yourselves to lead. Long-term exposure to lead causes lead poisoning and can also damage your fetuses.
So, now you have to decide whether to fire the gun while you are pregnant. Now we will see how Exposure to loud noise harms you and your baby.
Exposure to loud noise:
Fired shots always make a sound that can damage your ears. That’s why professional shooters wear ear protection.
Mother can wear ear protection, but the developing baby can’t. However, the muscle structure and the organs can provide a natural guard against sound for the fetus. But that’s not enough. Some amount of sound reaches the baby and can harm the baby’s ears.
Long periods of loud noise exposure can have a negative impact on a baby’s development. That’s how loud noise and exposure to lead can cause damage to your baby.
So, now that you have understood the potential risks of shooting the gun while you’re pregnant, you might think twice before hitting the shooting range.
Is it safe to visit a shooting range while pregnant?
Now we are going to address the most asked question. Can you go to a shooting range if I didn’t shoot a single bullet?
The answer to this question is quite a bit complicated. You can visit most of the ranges while you’re pregnant, but some of the shooting ranges have a ban on pregnant women.
The ranges, which are built indoors, will not allow pregnant women. In some outdoor ranges, you are allowed to watch the shooters who are shooting but you can’t shoot a single bullet. Inside a shooting range, lots of toxic elements float in the environment. So, if you decide to go inside a shooting range, follow the precautions written below.
- Wear a face mask compulsorily.
- Make sure you visit an outdoor shooting range.
- Don’t stay for too long and don’t visit the shooting range frequently.
- Make sure that the shooting range has a proper ventilation system.
- Don’t try to fire a gun.
These are a few precautions you need to take while visiting the shooting range. Do follow the safety measures written above and have a healthy life.
Why might you worry about shooting while pregnant?
There are a few points you need to understand before going back to the shooting range. When you are pregnant you have to take at most care of yourselves as well as your baby.
The impact of lead on pregnant women:
As we discussed before, using a gun leads to the inhalations or absorption of toxic substances. These toxic substances can cause health issues to you as well as your baby. This is the worst issue every pregnant woman faces when she decides to visit a gun range.
Overexposure to lead can get pregnant women in trouble. It also impacts the development by impacting the baby’s brain development or can hinder its weight during the birth.
Lead causes damage which can cause miscarriages if you are overexposed to the metal. Overexposure also brings some the health issues like weight loss fatigue, which can be dangerous during pregnancy.
When a shot is fired, other heavy metals like boron, antimony, and manganese are released into the air, which is also harmful to pregnant women.
Exposure of pregnant women to metals is always harmful. Keep this thing in your mind and think twice before visiting a gun range.
According to us, pregnant women should not go to the shooting range at any cost. As you’re not alone anymore, you have two lives with you, you and the baby, so try to avoid such things which damage your body.
Carrying a gun in pregnancy:
As time passes, it would be difficult for pregnant women to carry a gun. The body of the pregnant woman releases hormones to help the joints to get relaxed. Mostly, this happens when she approaches delivery time.
Relaxed joints might not be an ideal option for holding or shooting a gun. Some amount of stress is experienced by her while shooting or holding a gun and stress on the pregnant woman is the worst thing ever.
So, the pregnant woman should not go to the shooting range nor carry a gun with her.
At what point in pregnancy should you avoid shooting guns?
If you have read the article above then you might have got the answer, but still we will try to answer this question thoroughly.
A pregnant woman should not expose herself to a gun. If you are concerned about the developing baby’s health then you must stop shooting a gun.
But, it’s your choice whether to shoot the gun or not. If you’re a competitive shooter and you don’t want to lose the skills that you have achieved by practicing for many years, then read the article here thoroughly. We will give you some tips that will help you to practice a gun while you’re pregnant, without hurting the developing baby as well as yourself.
You can shoot the gun until hit the first trimester because in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, the baby does not grow or your body doesn’t change.
After 13 weeks the baby’s ears start to develop, you cannot shoot a gun at all. Shooting a gun creates noise which is dangerous for the baby.
If you still want to practice the gun while you’re pregnant then follow the tips written below, to enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
Tips for shooting the gun while pregnant:
Here are some tips you can follow when you’re pregnant. Ensure that you follow all the steps before shooting a gun.
- Wear gloves while shooting.
- Wear a face mask, so there will be no risk of inhaling the lead.
- Wash your hands and face thoroughly, or take a shower to remove all the metal particles from your body.
- Change your clothes before leaving the shooting range
- Don’t try to clean your gun yourself.
These are the few steps by which you could live a safe and happy pregnancy life. Do follow all the preventive measures. If you don’t want to expose yourselves to lead and other harmful metals, then follow the steps written below. These steps are just for keeping your muscle memory intact.
Steps to practice gun shooting:
If you don’t want to expose yourselves to harmful metals then try this way to keep your muscle memory intact.
- First of all, you can use dry fire practice. It helps you to train the skills that you need and also saves you and your baby from harmful lead particles.
- You can also practice drawing and holstering your unloaded gun.
- You can also use an airsoft gun or a realistic air gun. These guns don’t expose you to lead and also are silent in terms of sound. This is a great way to practice shooting and keep your muscle memory intact.
- You can tell us if you need a separate article on how to perform dry fire practice and tips and tricks while shooting air guns. According to us, air guns are best to use while you’re pregnant. There will be no harm to you as well as your baby.
These are a few ways through which you can control the exposure of yourself and your baby to harmful metals like lead, boron, antimony, and manganese. Try to hold yourselves and try not to shoot the gun in any case. In the case of an emergency, you can shoot through.
This was the most interesting, but hard to write an article for me. Due to the small number of articles on this topic, I loved to write.
Hope you like this article and hope it helps you to solve the whether to shoot or not to shoot the issue. You can also take advice from your doctor and live a healthy life.
Your baby is more important than shooting. As a mother, you will never harm your baby by any means. So, try to stay away from shooting while you’re pregnant. Once you are done with your pregnancy period, you can go back to shooting, but don’t forget to take a doctor’s advice.