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Being pregnant with Fibro
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stargazer83 - May 13

Hi everyone Smile

I actually live in France and this website was one of the most interesting ones I came across concerning pregnancies, childbirth and Fibro.

I have had Fibro since aged 8. I turned 31 this year, so yes you could say I have been through the mill.Cry On the wonderfully bright side, I have a wonderful and gorgeous husband and a even more gorgeous daughter who is 2 and a half.

I was told that it might be hard to conceive and after only 3 months of stopping the pill - I was pregnant much to our delight. First 3 months were tricky for me as I had to take it very easy as the threat of miscarriage was a little too high - after 3 months it was OK to relax :-)

I found my pregnancy OK, I still had all the general aches and debilitating pains ... and a ever growing tummy ..... and went right up till almost full term and had my little girl 1 week premature by C-Sect. I chose to have a c-sect as I had done tons of research on normal births and my situation did not allow for me to do a nat birth and I was OK with that. The c-sect terrified the c*** out of me as I had NO idea what to expect, but it was done and dusted in under a 1hr ...... and I was in the clinic for 6 days.

My reason for joining and writing is because Im in a HUGE dilema as I am at a crossroads ...

I have since discovered of many years of trying to move fwd with tackling my Fibro and pain mgmnt that I have sever Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Tin poisoning and these heavy metals can make Fibro pain 1 thousand times worse ... so I found a specialist in Paris that deals with this ... problem is that I have been asking myself for like the last 8 months about whether its time to have baby no.2? !!!!!!!

Hubby is very keen for us to have another baby - but he is also concerned in getting me better ! The Chelation Therapy I would have to go on to detox from the heavy metals and being pregnant dont go....its one or the other.... so my problem is do I wait until I feel better ( which could take several years to get rid of the toxins - by which point there will be a HUGE age gap between the kids and Im not even sure I will want more children then ! ) or do I decide to have a go at having another baby and do the meds after????

Not sure what to think or do, its torturing my head like you cannot imagine....... any advice would be fab.

thanks for taking the time to read my ever so long essay !!!!! Wink



Fantod - May 13

Kate - Welcome! My advice would be to wait until you have the heavy metal poisoning under control. Having another baby and then trying to address the heavy metal problem would be completely overwhelming. Especially with Fibromyalgia added to the equation. The added stress would probably make everything much worse.

You'll be a healthier and hence a better mother if you wait. I understand that this is a very personal decision to make and a difficult one given the circumstances. Have you considered adoption as an interim step? Once the chelation is finished, then you could considering adding another biological child to your family. There are so many children in need these days.

And, have you gotten a second opinion about your situation and how long this should take? Under the circumstances, I would be double checking everything. Holiistic doctors in the US routinely test for and treat heavy metal poisoning. I was just tested myself and had no complications in that area. I wish you all the best with your health going forward. Take care and God Bless.


Noca - May 13

I'd go with adoption as Fantod suggested. I cant have any kids myself due to my genetic bone disease, so I might adopt one day. Many kids are out there who need someone to love them and a roof over their head. Try considering that route.


axxie - May 17

Heavy Metal Toxicity In Human Diet And Effect On Human Health
by DBM

What Are Heavy Metals?
You may remember this from your chemistry classes in school. Heavy metals are those chemical elements which have a high relative atomic mass. They have a specific gravity greater than 5.0 and are considered to be poisonous to many living organisms like humans.

The most common heavy metals that are present in our diet are Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Mercury. Lets take a look at each of them to see how they enter our bodies and the bad effects they have on our health.

1. Arsenic – Source, Toxicity And Exposure
Arsenic comes in two forms – Organic and Inorganic. Inorganic Arsenic is known to cause cancers and is a common carcinogen.

Sources of Arsenic
Chicken can carry arsenic if the chicken were fed a diet that contained arsenic.
Wines can be a source of arsenic if the grapes, that they were made from, were sprayed with pesticides containing inorganic arsenic.
Sea food like fish sometime contain inorganic arsenic. Fishes can absorb arsenic directly into their bodies from the water they live in.
Health Effects Of Arsenic
Arsenic exposure can have severe health effects. Here are some known problems associated with exposure to inorganic arsenic.

Irritation of the intestines, lungs and stomach.
Increased risk of lung cancer, lymphatic cancer, liver and skin cancer.
Infertility and miscarriages.
Brain damage.
Reduced productions of RBC (Red Blood Cells) & WBC (White Blood Cells).
DNA damage.
Exposure to high levels of Arsenic can lead to death.
2. Mercury – Source, Toxicity and Effects
Unlike Arsenic, the organic form of mercury is more hazardous. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified mercury chloride and methyl mercury as possible human carcinogens.

Source of mercury in the human diet
The main dietary source of mercury is from fish. Methyl mercury in the sea binds to the proteins in fish tissue.
Dental amalgam fillings.
Commonly used brand name food products that use high fructose corn syrup like products made by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smuckers. This press release from the institute of Agriculture and Trade policy talks about a study which confirms this.
Health Effects Of Mercury
Exposure to high level of Methyl mercury can lead to permanent brain and kidney damage.
Can cause personality changes, deafness and muscle incoordination.
Damage to stomach and intestines.
To read in detail about possible health effects of mercury, read this public health statement on Mercury from the Agency of Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry.

3. Cadmium – Source, Toxicity And Effects
Sources of Cadmium in the human diet
Drinking water in some countries in known to have low concentrations of Cadmium.
Internal organs like kidneys and livers of certain species of oysters, scallops and mussels.
Crops that were grown on cadmium polluted soils and fertilized with rock phosphate derivatives and sewage sludge.
Cigarettes can contain different amounts of cadmium depending upon the brand. It depends on where the cigarette manufacturers are sourcing their tobacco. Now is a good time to kick the nasty habit smoking.
Fish and shellfish.
Food containers that are colored with cadmium pigment and can leech into the food that is stored in the container.
Health effects of Cadmium exposure
Severe irritation of the stomach leading to vomiting and diarrhea can sometime result in death.
Kidney damage.
Long term exposure to cadmium causes fragile bones and decreased bone strength.
4. Lead – Source, Toxicity and Effects
Lead is probably the more common metal that is associated with heavy metal poisoning and toxicity. All the recent news about the presence of lead in kids’ toys have helped create public awareness about the dangerous effects of lead.

Sources of Lead in the human diet
Even though the US has banned the use of lead solder, canned foods made in some other countries can still have lead solder along the seams.
If you love Mexican food then you need to watch out for prepackaged foods imported from Mexico. Tamarind, Chili and Candies from Mexico have been known to contain some lead.
High acid foods that are stored in containers that use ceramic to hold the fold inside. This ceramic could contain glazes with lead. This lead can easily leech into high acid foods.
Drinking water in houses with lead pipes – It is best to let water run for a while before drinking from the tap. This will ensure that any lead from the pipes that may have seeped into the drinking water is gotten rid of.
Cigarette smoke can contain small traces of lead.
Health effects of Lead exposure
Long term exposure to Lead can affect the nervous system.
Lead can lead to Anemia.
Brain and kidney damage.
Pregnant women may have miscarriages
Affects sperm production in men.
How Can you protect yourself from heavy metal toxins like Arsenic, Mercury, Cadmium & Lead
Given the fact that these heavy metals enter our bodies through some very commonly used foods, you cannot completely avoid exposure to them. You can and should try your best to keep your exposure to a minimum.

This is the ideal time to eat more fresh and organic food. The popularity of Organic food and buying locally produced food has increased recently. As the general population continues to learn the ill effects of dangerous chemicals that are used in products that we use everyday, the importance of Organic and chemical free produce will only grow. Organic crops and vegetables are grown in healthy soil and no chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used. So there is very minimal chance of heavy metals entering the plants through the soil. There is virtually no extensive post harvest processing in producing organic food, so you can be sure that they have not been exposed to any chemicals. Your organic fruits are not waxed to make them look brighter and more attractive.

You need to be very careful while consuming seafood. Wild caught fish like salmon, cod, pollock and tilapia will be low in mercury than their counterparts raised in a farm. Also, avoiding predator fishes like shark is a good idea. The predator fishes have way more mercury in them than the smaller fish.

If you are a smoker, it is never too late to quit. This will greatly reduce exposure to some heavy metals.


rhapsody - May 30

I would suggest waiting, especially because I'd be concerned about the health of the unborn child. If you have heavy metal poisoning, there would have to be a chance you could pass some of that through the placenta. You are only 31, you have lots of time. The age difference won't hurt. They will still love each other and even though they will like different games and such, the older sibling will still play with and enjoy a younger sibling no matter what. I have kids who are in their 20's, and all the way down to a one year old and a 3 year old. All the kids enjoy each other. My 14 year old often takes off with his baby brother into his room to play, and my 12 year old girl shares a room with the 3 year old and plays tea party, listens to music, and finds games on the computer they can play together. Best part...I have helpers with older kids! It's nice to have the help. Especially on bad days. So, don't worry about the wait. Just concentrate on getting better and then try for another child. I think you'll be happy you waited.



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