I had a tick bite in the summer that looked a little suspicious, one of many that I have had through the course of my life as I am always outdoors and live in Pennsylvania. The birth center I go to has a midwife who is a lyme "expert" she told me to get tested I did and it came back equivocal by the one testing standard and positive by the other. The difference being two bands is equivocal, having the one band in particular means positive in the alternative diagnoses. I did not get the bulls eye rash (only present in 10% of cases), and I was not pregnant when bitten last. I never had been tested before so in my mind I could have had lyme for years. My dad has it, my nephew, my brother, my husband...some had symptoms, some did not. Anyhow, the treatment recommended by my midwife is antibiotics until the baby is born. The antibiotics would not treat me but alleviate the potential for trans-placental transmission. So Amoxicillin for 5 MONTHS!!! The literature out there seems so unsure if there is a risk and since I would have had it before pregnancy I wonder if that decreases the risk (if any) of transmission. Please, if anyone has any information or experience with this share your story.
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1/23/10 at 12:31pm