I want to share my experience in your thread, we PM'd on this but it's such an important topic that I think it's better to have a bit of information available for people searching, albeit subjective, than to have nothing available.
I am not an expert, and this is a really important topic. I can only share my experience and my thoughts on what has been important for me. It really needs a lot of reading and a lot of thought for anyone considering amalgam removal and conception. I think an individual's health status is very important to consider, and also how much helpful guidance they can get. I'm working with someone experienced in chelation, and I did outside reading that makes me feel that yes, my HCP does know what she's talking about.
My background: my health tanked during pregnancy #2 and I eventually figured out that it's been triggered by the mercury in my amalgam fillings, though certainly exacerbated by poor lifestyle choices and pathetic nutrition (pre-amalgam nutrition and nutrition choices since then).
Personally, I _need_ to have my amalgams out before getting pregnant again, because the final symptom that my health was bad was really messed up hormones, including a luteal phase of 6 days (obviously after my son was born and my cycles re-started). Not enough for pregnancy, by a long shot, though I felt bad enough that I knew I wasn't ready for another child. That was in addition to the thyroid and adrenal problems.
My kids are affected (I passed a lot of mercury and other chemicals on to them in-utero and nursing), but thankfully not severely--my daughter only a bit, my son (pregnancy #2) a bit more--he used to bang his head on the wall (along with sleep problems, food sensitivities, like that), but I'm working with my healthcare provider to get all this [email protected]
out of the kids too and seeing good progress.
An onibasu archive of online discussions quoted Andy Cutler (author of Amalgam Illness) as recommending (best to worst): do nothing with amalgams, remove & chelate 18+mos and then conceive, and remove and conceive <12mos.
I'd say my health is moderately screwed up. I'm sure people can be worse--multiple chemical sensitivities, weird neurological stuff... lots of possibilities. But, my HCP and I think that if I work hard and don't experience any major setbacks, I can chelate and do a lot of other detox work (overlapping in time) in a year, maybe a bit longer, so a bit faster than Andy's recommendation. I was slowly building up my nutritional reserves and doing vitamin C flushes (http://www.perque.com/pdfs/Pt_Ascorbate_Slush_FIN.pdf
) while nursing to get my body ready while I tried to balance when to wean with my health needs (before I got my amalgams replaced, I mean). But I've also overhauled our diet (more whole foods, homecooked, much less processed food), we're eating GFCF (important for me, not sure if it is for everybody, but vital for me), and I'm cleaning up our household cleaners/laundry detergent/other environmental chemicals.
I think the vitamin C flushes have been key for me, I'm doing them every week now that I'm chelating. And the chelation has been easier than I expected--I think because of the prep work and the flushes. I think paying attention to how you feel is crucial during this process--feeling bad means it's hard on your body, and it will take longer. And I think being willing (after removal) to decide ya know, maybe I'm not ready yet, but an extra 6 months isn't really that long. Waiting a few extra months in order to avoid your child having mercury throughout their very being from the first moments of conception--it's not long to wait to do a bit more work and be sure the chelation is done.
Anyway, this is just my thoughts based on where I am now.
But one good result for me--less than 2 months after amalgam removal and with only 3 round of DMSA done, my luteal phase got longer by 2 days.