Hello, I'm a new member, and I got to this site because of my panic at a possible lead exposure. I got a thick 60s wooden dining table a few months back and stripped it and sanded it. At the back of my mind was a tiny voice saying lead paint (which I knew a little about) but it wasn't until I finished the project that I hit the internet and discovered to my horror that if it had contained lead paint, our exposure would have been high. The inhalation of the wood dust (which I didn't clean up) the weeks that we spent passing through the garage where the work was done, and tracking it into the house, the car, etc. I only did the first cleanup around the work area some two months after I began the project.
I had my blood lead levels drawn and won't know the results for some two weeks, but I've been beside myself with fear. We are planning our first baby and if the results come back high, should I go ahead with trying to conceive? Or wait some time for the levels to drop? (I know some of the lead will stay in my body though)
Please, has any of you measured high for lead BEFORE getting pregnant, and then had a normal pregnancy and healthy baby? The thread has a lot of stories of children being poisoned, but I want to know about poisoning in the earliest stage: the fetal stage. Should I still try to have a baby, even with the knowledge that it will begin to get poisoned the moment it is formed? I am quite depressed. Thanks!