Lyme and Pregnancy

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I had never done any research this topic and knew a little about it, but not a whole because let’s be honest… the last thing on my mind right now is having kids. I can’t take care of myself, the cat, the dog… let alone be responsible for another human being.  I feel like I have an array of genetic defects amongst the Lyme and co-infections, and Dave and I really aren’t sure if we ever want kids, or if we did maybe the route of adoption. 

 

But, a comment about pregnancy and Lyme really had me thinking and I decided to do a post. I will give a disclaimer I don’t intend to scare or offend anyone on here that has had children or is planning on children after a Lyme diagnosis, just presenting the information based off of research and of course I will share my sources. Of course no one wants to put any harm on their children, but if you don’t know the information, then you can’t really take action, now can you?

 

I know that Lyme can be carried in vitro, and Lyme spirochetes have been found in sperm, but what does one do when they are pregnant? Is there preventative measures to take if you find out you are pregnant and have Lyme? And of course… when your kiddo is finally born, is there anything you should be worried about? 

 

According to the CDC, which we know has been a little *coughcoughinnaccurate* about their information to say the least, says that Lyme acquired during pregnancy may lead to infection of the placenta and possible stillbirth, and no negative effects found if a mother receives appropriate antibiotic treatment. They also state that there has never been reports of Lyme transmission from breast milk. 

 

So…only if you have a bulls-eye rash and a tick bite during pregnancy and and correct diagnosis right away (yeah that happens all the time!) and you receive your less than 30 days treatment or less, you should be good to go? What if you have chronic Lyme? As I have stated in the past and stick to my statement, I truly believe as well as many LLMDS and researchers that Lyme goes in a remissive state.

 

Just presenting their side of the story, now let’s hop back on the train to reality and listen to people that weren’t paid millions to say that Lyme is not a serious disease and there is no such thing as chronic Lyme… sorry, I just think things would be a lot easier if the IDSA and CDC would get their heads out of their asses. Maybe one of them will get “the big old faker, attention seeking, not serious Lyme disease” and then they will feel differently. LOL Lyme rage much today, KimmieCakes? Hashtag Personalopiniondontsuemedooshbags

 

One physician, who has treated over 5,000 cases of pediatric Lyme, has found 240 of his cases were born with this disease, NOT contracted after birth. Some of the risks being pregnant with Lyme, even if you are asymptomatic, include: miscarriage, premature birth , still births, birth defects, and transplacental infection of the fetus. 

The film “Under Our Skin”, free on Hulu, shares a woman’s experiences with Lyme and pregnancy as well as a family with their young son dehibilatated due to his mother carrying the bacteria on to him.

Having been diagnosed with Lyme, sometimes pregnancy can be much more difficult than someone without the disease, but people tend to think it is just a difficult pregnancy instead of thinking Lyme could be the culprit. 

On the other hand, sometimes pregnancy can MASK Lyme symptoms. One explanation is the suppression of ovulation and hormonal changes. 

 

The research I have found on the topic of Lyme disease and breast milk was very conflicting. Some stated that there was no research done, or that it was entirely safe. Looking further brought me to Dr. Charles Ray Jones, a leading pediatric Lyme specialist, discovered over 300 cases of Lyme disease as a result of breast feeding or neonatal Lyme disease. 

 

Dr. Melissa Kaplan discovered Lyme spirochete DNA from a nursing mother’s breast milk and the umbilical cord by a PCR blood by a PCR test and confirmed by culture and microscopy. 

 

She also found the spirochetes in stored semen, so, even if a woman did not have Lyme disease until conception, it is a very good possibility that she was infected and had no idea that he was infected. After all, not everyone has symptoms, or has symptoms right away.  

 

I wanted to know about what some of the first symptoms to look out for in your infants and children. Among Dr. Jones’ research, the most common symptoms among infants are: increased irritability, gastroesophogeal reflux with coughing or vomiting, low grade fevers, dark circles under their eyes, eye problems, heightened sensitivity to noise light and sound, arthritis and painful joints, and cognitive problems.

 

One of the symptoms of children with Lyme was autism. There is a link between Lyme and autism, and has been given the term “Lyme induced autism”. One study has shown that 90% of children diagnosed with autism in fact have tested positive for the borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme) bacteria

 

Other symptoms among children include: getting colds frequently, constant ear infections, severe allergies, asthma, swollen lymph nodes, among other Lyme symptoms. 

 

What is the best course of action to take if you become pregnant after a having a Lyme diagnosis? According to Gerald Briggs, author of “Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation”, he warns the risk of not taking antibiotics during pregnancy is far greater than the risk of taking antibiotics during pregnancy for your baby’s health. Dr. Burrascano’s Guidelines outline’s some of the safer options for oral, intramuscular, and IV therapy options. Some included ceftriaxone,  cefotaxine, and amoxicillan. His guidelines also share how long each treatment is recommended based on level of infection. Here is the link if you would like to check it out! http://www.lymenet.org/BurrGuide200810.pdf 

 

This of course, does NOT mean that women who do not undergo a Lyme protocol during pregnancy and breastfeeding won’t end up having a perfectly healthy child. I in fact know of a few women that have Lyme, that have children, and themselves and their children are happy and healthy kids. It is a blessing. This is just information that could be valuable to you, especially if you have chronic Lyme.

 

As I always say, consult with your doctor if you have had a Lyme diagnosis and are pregnant, plan on children in your future, or have a child you believe could possibly have Lyme disease. Also consult a doctor before starting any antibiotic regimen, as some antibiotics can be harmful during pregnancy.

 

Don’t forget! If you or your child get tested for Lyme, the ELISA test that a non LLMD will give you, is 70% inaccurate. Demand a western blot for yourself and your child.

  

cdc.com, http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/illness-surgery/lyme-disease/ http://lymepregnancy.blogspot.com/2010/04/breastfeeding-with-lyme-disease.html, http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/bach.html, http://www.babycenter.com/404_what-infections-can-be-passed-through-breast-milk_8840.bc, http://www.samento.com.ec/sciencelib/4lyme/Townsendhowens.html, http://www.mommalyme.com, photo credit http://www.siouxlandnews.com, http://www.aldf.com, http://www.lymenet.org/BurrGuide200810.pdf, http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/5-things-every-pregnant-woman-know-lyme-disease-183600218.html http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=228×6741

 

6 thoughts on “Lyme and Pregnancy

  1. I have had Lyme disease for 25 years. Diagnosed in 2009 when symptoms became severe. I guess my immune system was fairly good at fighting until then. My husband and I have 3 children ages 10,12, and 14. All 3 have Lyme from birth. Now undergoing treatment. I know of other families that have mother and all children with Lyme disease. It is so sad that the medical establishment will not recognize the seriousness of this disease and need for treatment THAT WORKS!!!!

    • I came across Your post while researching Lyme disease as I have been living with what I think may be Lymes for almost 15 years. How did you find a good Dr.? It seems so hard to find someone who specializes in this? I recently had a baby and now I also have concerns that she too could have been infected by me.

      • My best advice is maybe join a FB group and ask. Groups don’t share doctors names but people will be happy to give you messages with names and their experiences!

  2. Now you can actually give the CDC THE MIDDLE FINGER and say I told you so: here is my story:

    Also, thank you so much for your genius and articulate fabulousness regarding Lyme disease.
    I live in Colorado and contracted it sexually (long story, but full disclosure leads to help for others)and may have already had it from visiting the Pacific NW throughout my entire childhood.

    I was lucky enough to get the Bulls eye rash and aslo have a a brain, a BS in Biology and a fabulous career in molecular biology. Lyme picked the wrong host (har har).
    Anyway, in Colorado- where we have deer EVERYWHERE-, but not the right kind of tick (?) = M.Ds who say you don’t gave Lyme (as you sit in there office with a bullseye rash, fever, chills, aches, and lots of $$). So Assinine I.Just.Can’t.
    I was lucky enough to use whatever grey matter hadn’t been affected by the Lyme and get in with a Lyme specialist and hemotologist (they don’t take insurance…so I am the lucky one), but I will pay it forward now as I RENEGADE to bring TRUE Lyme Awareness to the world. I was just diagnosed in January 2016, and I am pregnant, smart, pretty, motivated, pissed off, feisty, etcetera etcetera; and I have a huge voice and a lot of cash…so watch out ‘YouKnowWho’and Lyme- this bacteria is going down.

    Phew! Hormones. Love that I stumbled into your blog. You kick ass!

    Best,
    Lisa

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