Lead and Pregnancy help

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    Lead and Pregnancy help

    Hi, may I ask you guys for help? My wife is preggo and I'm getting paranoid about lead hurting the baby while in her and after being born. I've been reading the gun safety "avoiding toxins thread."
    Is there anything you can add? What are your habits to keep the house safe?

    Is it ok to still keep the boxes of ammo in the bed room, in my closet? Wiping down a holster? I've never heard of that till the thread. What would you use?
    Thank you.

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    So long as your wife doesn't come in direct contact like handling ammo or the guns you should be fine. If she does come into contact with ammo, then a good hot soapy wash will take care of things. The chances are slim of causing damage with casual handling but you're a good dad to be diligent about this. Ammo in the bedroom is fine and just make sure to clean any guns well prior to bringing them where she may have secondary contact.

    Here is an excellent link to a paper on the subject.

    Shooting while pregnant

    Congrats on the new addition.

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    as long as she does not eat any,, all will be all right. don't over think this. k.i.s.s. my wife shot matches up to the eight month with our last one.
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    one of our mods, Limatunes, could probably give you better advice on this than anyone else here; she's a mother, and has discussed this subject. i'm sure she'd be happy to advise you.

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    good stuff. Also, keep the kid off the firing line until about 6 or 7 - their bodies don't process lead as well as adults.

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    Ok thank you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    then a good hot soapy wash will take care of things.
    Just a small correction: Use cold water for that first wash. Lead salts are more easily dissolved in hot water, thereby spreading any contamination around.

    After a range session, indoors or out, wash your face and any facial hair as well as your hands and any exposed parts of your arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Just a small correction: Use cold water for that first wash. Lead salts are more easily dissolved in hot water, thereby spreading any contamination around.

    After a range session, indoors or out, wash your face and any facial hair as well as your hands and any exposed parts of your arms.
    Thanks! Now that you mention it I remember that.

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    Your pregnant wife should not shoot at an indoor range at all due to airborn lead and toxins in the air from primers. Blood concentrations of lead will increase if you shoot indoors. You can't be too careful with babies health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i10casual View Post
    Hi, may I ask you guys for help? My wife is preggo and I'm getting paranoid about lead hurting the baby while in her and after being born. I've been reading the gun safety "avoiding toxins thread."
    Is there anything you can add? What are your habits to keep the house safe?

    Is it ok to still keep the boxes of ammo in the bed room, in my closet? Wiping down a holster? I've never heard of that till the thread. What would you use?
    Thank you.
    Change cloth/wash after shooting. Shoot plated/jacketed, if you prefer to be safer.

    But unless you shoot a lot (like competition shooter), the difference would be marginal.

    Congrats on upcoming baby!--John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronny View Post
    Your pregnant wife should not shoot at an indoor range at all due to airborn lead and toxins in the air from primers. Blood concentrations of lead will increase if you shoot indoors. You can't be too careful with babies health.
    Not to mention the noise issue. Mom can protect her hearing.... Baby can't.

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    Look at how many of us older folks are around, when our rooms were painted with lead in them, toys were made of lead and/or with lead, shot all of the time, etc. We're still around and don't have issues....

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