Lyme Disease Season, Pregnant Women May Need Extra Care

Erythema migrans around a prior tick bite
In pregnancy women who discover they have a tick bite need to be aware of possible signs and symptoms of lyme disease. Extensive information on Lime disease can be found on the web at the CDC site. Most studies of pregnancy state that pregnant women with or without Lyme disease will have the same outcomes, however some older and retrospective studies have linked Lyme disease with adverse birth outcomes, including cardiac defects. Not all fetal cardiac defects can be detected prior to birth, but many can by either standard ultrasounds or fetal echocardiography (specialized heart ultrasound). If you do get a tick bite, have it properly removed, and observe for symptoms up to 30 days, and check with your birth provider to determine what else she may want you to do.


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