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Lyme Disease

What Happens If A Pregnant Woman Gets Lyme Disease?

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19/04/2012 - 11:08

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Pregnant women should be especially careful to avoid getting a tick bite, because Lyme disease can be transmitted to an unborn child. Although rare, it can make a woman more likely to miscarry or deliver a stillborn child.

Antibiotics that can be given to pregnant women with Lyme disease include amoxicillin, cefuroxime axetil, or penicillin.

Pregnant women should not take aspirin or ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is considered safe to take during pregnancy.

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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.