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Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: Tidbits to Know If You Get Bit by a Tick

By Aela Mass |

Oh, the joys of living in the Northeast!

After visiting my family in Ulster County this past weekend, I woke feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead. As I undressed today for my morning shower, my hand brushed over a bump on my left hip. I looked down and was greeted by a tick burrowed in my side. There are certain things you get used to when you live in the Northeast: wretched winters (with the exception of our most recent one), bad drivers, beautiful Fall foliage, and the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. But you never get used to the ticks.

This morning’s tick was the third tick in my lifetime that I’ve pulled from my body. And each time, removing the critter is gross and gives me with the heebeegeebees. But it wasn’t until today that I got concerned about it. Being a week in on our road to motherhood, I started wondering what a Lyme disease diagnosis would mean for a potential pregnancy. Here’s what I found out. Did you have Lyme disease while pregnant and have any info about your story to share?

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Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: Tidbits to Know If You Get Bit by a Tick

Lyme Seems Easier When You're Pregnant

According to Dr. Joseph Burrascano, Lyme disease symptoms during pregnancy are often generally mild. It's believed that the hormonal changes linked to pregnancy mask the symptoms of Lyme disease. But that doesn't mean there isn't cause for concern.
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2 thoughts on “Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: Tidbits to Know If You Get Bit by a Tick

  1. kim goodwin says:

    I had lyme disease while pregnant but didn’t know i was sick. I had no symptoms until my daughter was 18 months. I was tested and had my daughter tested just in case and she was positive too. She is one of the lucky ones and ended up having very few symptoms from it. Most born with it have more complications with growing, low weight, developmental issues and just pain. If anyone is bite during pregnancy antibiotics throughout the pregnancy needs to happen asap. Amoxicillian and zithro are safe and a safe combo for pregnancy. If nobody listens order online but you need to be your own advocate for your baby there is a great facebook page for parents who coukd have passed lyme and co infections to their baby, people that have all their children infected and pregnant moms being treated during the pregnancy. A great support to know what to do.!/groups/194555663916599/

  2. aelahmass says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Kim! And I’m glad to hear you and your baby are doing well. I’ll be sure to check out the FB page! Sounds like a wonderful support group to have :)

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