It isn't what I wanted to hear, haha, but to be honest, that is my gut feeling, too.
The fillings are just enormous. For example, one of them is a (quite literally) tooth-sized piece that is attached to the root of my tooth (which is the only thing that is left of that tooth, essentially), by 2 big screws, 3 others are at least pea-sized...and then there are several other ones that are smaller.... My teeth are chipping away from them, because they are so old (12+ years). The thing is, the work needs to be done one way or another, my dentist has been talking about crowns on 2 or 3 of them for several years, and one of them (the worst one, with the screws), is getting quite sensitive to both temperature and sweet things.
I am very worried about leaving these teeth the way they are. I will probably be either pregnant or nursing (or both) for 5 or 6 more years at least, and I just can't see them even lasting that long (and I don't want to risk needing emergency work done on them during pregnancy or the early months of nursing an infant, you know?).
I've done lots of reading on Weston Price, and I've started following a (mostly) traditional foods diet with the help of "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. I've eaten mostly local, organic foods and pastured meat for probably close to 5 years now, don't use cosmetics, fluoride toothpastes, etc, have only used baking soda and vinegar for household cleaning, etc for years, I see a chiropractor regularly, and we see a naturopathic doctor instead of a GP, no vaccinations, no drugs..... there aren't any major ways, I don't think, to reduce my toxin exposure otherwise (these days). My past is not so toxin-free, however- I spent a summer treeplanting, and we were told not to have kids within 3 years because of the pesticides sprayed on the trees (i WISH i had just gotten on a plane and come home, but that was 9-10 years ago though, and i was young and foolish)....I did a youth exchange in East Africa and got a LOT of different vaccinations, and was on a pretty nasty malaria prophylactic for 6 months (that was 8 years ago).... and in my previous job, I worked in organic agricultural research, and was exposed to A LOT of different chemicals doing analysis in the lab (I experienced 2 miscarriages while working there).... I did a great detox cleanse (6 weeks) about 4 years ago, and of course want to do another, but can't while nursing, either.
My pregnancy with my son was incredibly healthy until 34 weeks, when I suddenly developed high blood pressure, low blood platelets, and some abnormal liver enzyme levels. It was looking like pre-eclampsia, except that I never spilled protein in my urine, and then it was looking like HELLP... I had a partial placental abruption at 35 weeks and had to be induced. The more I learn about both of these syndromes, the more concerned I get about the state of my liver....
After blabbering all this out (sorry ladies, I tend to get long-winded), I think I'm coming to the conclusion that I need these fillings out, and then I need a good solid detox, and then a good solid recovery period before becoming pregnant again. Neither of which I want to do while still nursing. But this would mean delaying pregnancy for probably another 2 (or more) years, unless I wean my son before he makes that decision...
I suppose this is something that I could also post to a breastfeeding forum... I wonder if there is a point in our nursing relationship where it would be OK to do this (for example, once he is down to just a quick comfort nursing once a day?). I feel as though I will need to make a decision between the benefits of extended nursing, and the realities of having more babies (we had hoped for 3 or 4 kids, but this might have to change)
Thanks for listening to my blabbering thoughts, girls. I appreciate your input.