Lyme disease fact sheet for pregnant women
Corporate Authors:National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Vector Borne Diseases. Bacterial Diseases Branch.
Series:Ticks and Lyme disease
Description:Pregnancy and Lyme disease -- What to expect from your appointment -- Treatment of Lyme disease in pregnancy -- Lyme disease and breastfeeding -- Looking ahead to recovery -- Protect yourself from future illness -- Additional information.
Reasons to suspect that you have Lyme disease include:
• You live in a region where Lyme disease is common
• You are experiencing symptoms such as rash, fever, chills, exhaustion, joint or muscle pain, or facial paralysis
Untreated, Lyme disease can be dangerous to your unborn child. Lyme disease that goes untreated can also cause you to have brain, nerve, spinal cord, and heart problems. With early treatment, these complications can be prevented. If you suspect that you may have Lyme disease, see your physician.
If your doctor thinks that you may have Lyme disease based on your symptoms alone, you will receive 2-4 weeks of antibiotics, most likely amoxicillin.
If your symptoms are not clear-cut, your doctor may decide to have your blood tested. Keep in mind that blood testing is more accurate the longer you have been infected. A blood test for Lyme disease may not appear positive until 4-6 weeks after infection.
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