Post # 1
I am currently in the last week of my two week wait. AF is due next Sunday! I don’t really feel pregnant or not pregnant, so I have no idea what the outcome will be.
Now I’m in this dilemma and wondering what you would do?
Darling Husband and I went hiking this weekend. Today I had pain/irritation right around my bra area and kept thinking that my bra was rubbing me funny. I finally checked this afternoon and found a large tick. I had a rash around the tick and also some satellite rashes up and down my rib cage. I freaked out. I actually had Lyme disease about three years ago, and got very sick. I immediately called my doctor, who prescribed three weeks of 1500mg Amoxicillin per day to treat any possible infection. My doctor told me that it is pregnancy category B, which means that no human studies have been done, but that animal studies have not shown any ill effects on unborn babies, so it’s generally considered safe during pregnancy.
I just feel really weird. I’m actually really hoping that I’m NOT pregnant. Lyme or another tick-borne infection could harm a baby. The antibiotics could harm a baby. I thought about waiting until next week to start the medication, but the treatment is most effective when you begin immediately.
I feel so silly. I may not even be pregnant. I may not even have any tick-borne disease, and I’m sitting her stressing about it!
What would you do? Anyone taken Amoxicillin during pregnancy?
Post # 3
maybe this is something you’ve done already, but could you ask your doctor to prescribe another antibiotic that is more baby friendly? I think there are antibiotics approved during pregnancy..?
Post # 4
I don’t have any knowledge other than the same thing your doctor said. I’m 7DPO and am on Amoxicillin for a sinus infection. My doctor told me the same thing your doctor did. I guess I’m fine with it because he would feel comfortable prescribing it even if we know for sure I’m pregnant.
Post # 5
I was conceived on antibiotics and turned out fine. It was a healthy pregnancy (all be it a surprise) and a healthy baby.
Post # 6
You are in the TWW and you have a rash after a tick bite. I’d say the odds that you have lyme disease are higher than the odds that you are pregnant. Those lyme rashes are easy to identify. I had one once and my doctor confirmed my suspicion when she saw it. If you do have a ring-shaped rash around the bite, you most likely have lyme disease. Timely treatment is crucial. I would take the antibiotics.
What I don’t understand is, why didn’t the doctor have you come in so he could look at the rash, especially since there is a chance that you might be pregnant?
Post # 7
The odds of the category B drug effecting the baby are much lower than if you got a tick borne illness. I would take the drug as long as it’s no higher than a category B. Most morning sickness drugs that people take are category B’s and in this case people clearly know that they are pregnant. Hope you feel better.
Post # 8
Antibiotics lower the effectivness of birth control so I am assuming there have been a few babies concieved while mom was talking antibiotics.
Post # 9
Also my FH bosses wife had lime diseases and it was terrible( it took a long time for her to be diagnoised so she was not treated) all her symptons were MS like she is now in a wheel chair she is beginning to get treatment so she is slowly getting better. I would say the risk of getting lime disease probably outweighs the risk to the baby.
Post # 10
I would definitely take the drug.
Post # 11
Definitely take the antibiotic. It will be okay! Take a rest day, relax and breathe.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies! I feel better today. I did a lot of research last night and Amoxicillin is the antibiotic of choice for kids and (possibly) pregnant women with Lyme disease. I realized that waiting to take the antibiotics is irrational, because if I am pregnant, the drug they will give me is Amoxicillin!
@jessiesdream – I had lyme about 3 years ago. It’s terrible. I feel so badly for your bosses wife! I was lucky and had a very acute reaction, so I got treatment right away. It still took a good 8 months or so for me to feel well again.
@AprilJo2011 – It was after hours, so I was speaking with the HCP on call. I wasn’t even sure they would call anything in for me, but they did because it’s best to start taking antibiotics immediately…and I was really upset! I do NOT want to get that sick again!
I’m going to just relax, and remind myself that waiting and possible getting a rampant lyme infection is no better for any potential baby!
Thank you for the reassurance!!! I love that I can come here with my worries and get them off my chest!
Post # 13
I took Amoxicillin at about 8 weeks pregnant when I got a UTI. It’s a pregnancy approved antibiotic. I would take the meds.