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Okay, I'm having my first major freak out moment. I just woke up a half hour ago and felt a scab on my arm where there shouldn't be one and it was a bit sore. My first thought was that since there wasn't suppose to be a scab there I better go look at it before I took it off, in case it was a tick. I was right. There was a deer tick latched on pretty good. I tried to pull it with tweezers, but it wouldn't let go, so then I put Vaseline on it hoping to suffocate it out. When that didn't work, I woke my husband for help. He gently tugged on it, but the head still broke off in my arm. That part is so small that I can't see through the blood well enough to tell if I got it out. Now my arm really hurts. I did save the tick and put it in a ziplock to bring to the doctor's office. I'm going in for my dating ultra sound this morning, so now I am going to try to see if I can speak with my doc while there.
I am the type who dwells too much and has to research to put my mind at ease. I had a feeling this was not going to be good, though. What I read is that mothers may test negative for Lyme even if they have it. It can pass the placenta and cause damage to the fetus, resulting in anything from miscarriage to stillbirth to even death shortly after birth. I'm guessing they will err on the side of caution and start antibiotics even if they do test the tick. Early treatment is the key to preventing problems, so you're not suppose to wait to see if you get the rash.
I needed to rant to someone who understands the freak out moments, because my husband went back to bed and I'm just sitting here wide awake going, "Oh sh....."
Have any of you been bit by a deer tick while pregnant, or know anyone who has?
Oh I HATE ticks! I found them on me 3 times this summer! Luckily not one since I have been pregnant...but I do a thorough check every morning in the shower. The fun of living next to a forest. I'm really glad that you have an appt today and can hopefully talk to the Dr. Odds are you are just fine, but it's better to be careful than sorry. Let us know how it goes!
Mom to Ava (8) and Layla (6). Bennett Scott due May 19, 2014!
I'm guessing they would start you on antibiotics just in case unless there is some reason that antibiotic isn't safe while you are pg. Hugs girl, take a deep breath and try not to freak out until you can talk to your doctor
I found a big tick on my dog a couple weeks ago...they are so gross! I bet everything is just fine but I would be worried too! I bet they'll give you antibiotics so there shouldn't really be anything to worry about.
Agree with PPs, I'm sure your doctor will order you a course of antibiotics and do some testing on the tick to see if it has lyme disease. The percentage of ticks that actually have it are pretty low I think, but either way you got it out and already have a drs appt, so don't worry too much!
Thank you for all the calming comments. I hate ticks. I used to get the big creepy crawly ones all the time when I was a kid. I could never grab them, always had to flick them off of me. Eeewww!!!!
So, my doc said I fit all the criteria for taking the preventative antibiotic except for being pregnant. I get to play the waiting game. If I get the bulls-eye rash or a fever I have to call her right away. The fever would be harder to notice than the rash because of all the MS, headaches, fatigue, and general feverish feeling I already feel every day. I can't wait for the first trimester to end! The hubby's been very reassuring telling me that there is little chance I caught anything, which I know is right.
Again, thank you so much for the support. Sometimes it just helps to hear other people say it's not so bad. I feel calmer already. Now, I am going to enjoy my ultra sound pics and videos. Yay!!! Measured 10w4d. It's finally starting to feel real.
YIKES!! Well, I don't know how common Lyme is, but my aunt actually has Lyme disease from a tick bite but she waited like 2 years of being sick before she sought treatment and guess what? It's not working. Imagine that.
As long as you are keeping a look out for symptoms, and your doctor knows about it, you'll be ok. ((HUGS)), Mama!!!
It is hard not to freak out about stuff like that, especially when you're pregnant. Sounds like you were very smart about all of it and are setting yourself up for a happy ending to this story. Hope to hear a great update on the matter.