Welcome to our community. I'm so so very sorry for all that you have gone through so far, but I do want to congratulate you on being newly married (YAY!) and for getting pregnant - even if it is under these circumstances!!
First you need to know - you don't have to go through your entire pregnancy without any medications. Are there certain risks to the unborn baby? Of course, but you aren't in the best of health to be able to avoid all of those meds either!! As you can see, life without any meds isn't good.
Another thing you need to know - no one knows how often these infections actually get passed from mother to baby in utero. I have adult children now that were carried to full term while I was infected with these diseases (40 yrs) and they show no signs of having them. So you are where you are in life. You are pregnant with your first baby and have just been diagnosed. There are options without mentioning terminating the pregnancy. You will have to be on the look out for symptoms in your child, but most Mom's are anyway, I suspect.
I have talked with quite a few mothers that have done very, very well on Amoxicillin to keep the baby as safe as possible from congenital Lyme - although it didn't heal them while they were pregnant, it allowed them to get through the pregnancy and not have as high of a chance of the baby having these infections.
Here is what Dr. Burrascano has to say about
pregnancy and Lyme:
"It is well known that B. burgdorferi can cross the placenta and infect the fetus. In addition, breast milk from infected mothers has been shown to harbor spirochetes that can be detected by PCR and grown in culture. The Lyme Disease Foundation in Hartford, CT had kept a pregnancy registry for eleven years beginning in the late 1980s. They found that if patients were maintained on adequate doses of antibiotic therapy during gestation, then no babies were born with Lyme. My own experience over the last twenty years agrees with this.
The options for treating the mother include oral, intramuscular, and intravenous therapy
as outlined above. It is vital that peak and trough antibiotic levels be measured if possible
at the start of gestation and at least once more during treatment.
During pregnancy, symptoms generally are mild as the hormonal changes seem to mask many symptoms.
However, post-partum, mothers have a rough time, with a sudden return of all their Lyme symptoms including profound fatigue. Post partum depression can be particularly severe. I always advise help in the home for at least the first month, so adequate rest and time for needed treatments are assured. I also advise against breast feeding for obvious reasons as mentioned above."
Bottom of page 21 and top of page 22 in this article(which also happens to be the ILADS treatment protocol):www.ilads.org/lyme/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf
There are also herbal protocols that you could use if you felt more inclined to use them. Here is a list of questions and answers from Buhner's site, which is one of the more favored herbal protocols:buhnerhealinglyme.com/?s=pregnant
The learning curve is extremely steep with Lyme, but we are here to help you find the answers you need, and to vent and find support. You're definitely not alone in this!!
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15
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