It took me a while to work up the courage to ask my husband if I could spend over $2000 to get my amalgam fillings replaced with safer ones. This last September I got a quote from a holistic dentist, who specializes in removing amalgams, and I have finally gotten around to getting them removed. This has been a major road block to my feeling ready to get pregnant again, and I’m so glad it’s finally being taken care of.
I am getting my amalgam fillings removed because they contain about 50% mercury, which is one of the most toxic substances on earth and it has been linked to many health problems including the development of autism in children and kidney problems, which are my two greatest concerns right now because my kidneys are my weakest organ and I’m wanting to have another baby.
Despite what most dentists will tell you, mercury does escape from fillings. The friction caused by chewing food or brushing teeth releases mercury vapor from amalgam fillings. In this post I included a video which demonstrates this. The vapor is swallowed or inhaled and goes into the bloodstream and later embeds itself into the tissues of the body. Mercury vapor is also released into the air around a person with amalgams and can be breathed in by anyone around them.
Fillings should not be removed during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. I figured that if I didn’t have mine removed before I got pregnant, I would be looking at about five years before I had another chance to remove them because I intend to breastfeed my next child a long time as I did with my first. Five years is a long time to continue dealing with problems caused by mercury. Time that I could be healing further and getting healthier. Plus, I don’t want to expose another baby to mercury. So, even though I wanted to get pregnant last summer, or October at the latest, I’m still not pregnant because I hadn’t had the fillings out yet.
It’s ideal to wait at least 12 months after amalgam removal before getting pregnant. This allows time for gentle chelation of the mercury. Mercury chelation is not something you want to rush. As the mercury is released from the body’s tissues it needs to be carried off to the bowels and evacuated that way. If too much is released into the bloodstream at once, it can re-implant itself into other tissues, causing more problems. Fun stuff, eh?
Because I am eager to get pregnant, I do not plan on doing a full year of chelation. My plan is to see my naturopath after all my fillings are out and get evaluated. I am hoping that a couple months of detoxing will be sufficient before I get pregnant. I have heard that the body starts dumping mercury from the tissues once the body is no longer being exposed to mercury. However, the naturopath seemed to think it would be okay (although not ideal for my own health) to go ahead and get pregnant without chelating first. During pregnancy I plan to continue taking chlorella (which I’ve been on since February) because it carries free-floating mercury out of the body without releasing any extra. Hopefully this will clean up any mercury that my tissues might release while I’m pregnant.
In my next post I will describe my experience having my fillings removed.