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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Lyme Disease During Pregnancy

If you’ve got Lyme disease during pregnancy -- or think you may have been exposed to it -- you’re probably wondering how it can affect you and baby. We've got all the answers.

What’s the best way to treat Lyme disease during pregnancy?

Antibiotics can -- and should -- be used to treat Lyme disease. Only certain antibiotics are safe to take during pregnancy, though.

What can I do to prevent Lyme disease?

“Stay away from areas where there are a lot of ticks,” Collins says, like heavily wooded areas or areas with tall grass. If you do venture into possible tick territory, cover up. Wear socks and shoes, long sleeves and pants, and tuck your pants into your socks so that ticks can’t find their way in.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have Lyme disease?

“When I was 31 weeks pregnant with my son, I removed an engorged tick from my thigh. I went to my general practitioner right away and was tested for Lyme. I was relieved when the test came back negative, but I was told to come back in a month to be retested. I had no rash or symptoms, so I wasn't worried at all, but the second test came back with a slight positive. Since I was pregnant I couldn't take doxycycline, and I'm allergic to amoxicillin, so I had to take a different antibiotic.”

Are there any other resources for Lyme disease?

American College of Physicians

American Lyme Disease Foundation

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Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

Headache During Pregnancy

What medications are safe to take during pregnancy?

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink

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