For many individuals afflicted by Lyme disease, the idea of pregnancy and children can seem disconcerting.
For one, the mother must be stable and healthy enough for her to become pregnant and carry a child to full term. Second, and no less important, is the looming fear of passing this complex illness onto the child. These concerns terrify prospective parents and influence the decision to bear children.
Bringing these concerns to many mainstream doctors may not bring peace of mind either. Most doctors are not yet trained in how to apply many of the valuable tools for complex illnesses. Hopefully with the demand for comprehensive approaches, we will see a shift to more widespread knowledge and further research to support the treatment of complex illnesses.
So What Is Lyme Disease and How Is It Treated?
Lyme disease is very complex and should actually go by a name that encompasses its true depth. It includes much more than just an infection with the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi. Treatment of Lyme disease includes looking at the details of every aspect of an individual’s health. This includes past and current toxin exposures, co-infections, mold exposure, genetics, biochemical/nutritional deficiencies, structural health, biophysical stress (electromagnetic fields), allergies and intolerances, and unresolved psychoemotional traumas.
The bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi is sexually transmitted and has been found in semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk. It has been implicated in infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and learning development disorders. It can pass through the placenta and infect the baby at anytime during the pregnancy.
All of this may seem daunting, but it is possible to treat! Clinical evidence and testing can be used to determine what you, your partner, and your future child needs to restore vitality and ensure optimal health.
Lyme disease can be treated prior to and during pregnancy to prevent transmission to the greatest extent possible. Again, this approach encompasses many different aspects that must be determined on an individual basis.
When Are You Ready For Conception?
There are many factors involved when considering the right time to get pregnant. However, just because someone may be symptomatic does not necessarily mean that they cannot bear a healthy child.
Prior to becoming pregnant it is important to treat as aggressively as tolerated. As much that can be done in the preconception phase, the better. As soon as a woman becomes pregnant, detoxification, especially involving heavy metals, should be paused. You do not want toxins mobilized into the blood stream where they have access to the placenta and baby.
Here are some foundational considerations that anyone in the preconception phase should look into:
1. Rule out mold in the home. This can be done through testing- mycometrics.com or having a specialist come in and evaluate for water damage and sources of toxic molds.
2. Have your toxic metal body burden tested. Much can be done prior to conception to reduce stored metals in the body that may be transmitted to the baby throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.
3. Test for and treat infections. These include Lyme and Co-infections, but also other bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast.
4. Have a dental evaluation from a holistic dentist. Health begins in the mouth. You need to ensure there are no metals in the mouth and no infections in the jaw such as root canals and cavitations.
5. Have your electromagnetic radiation exposure assessed. The best way to know your exposure is to test. Specialists can come in and evaluate the radiation emitted from wireless devices, dirty electricity emitted from electrical wiring, geopathic stress from fault lines, and other exposures like local cell phone towers and substations.
6. Be conscious and limit toxic exposures. This includes filtering your water, using air purifiers to breath clean air, eating clean food, using non-toxic cleaning products, and using only healthy body and skincare products. A good resource for finding clean products is ewg.org
7. Find a trusted healthcare practitioner and/or team that will address organ function, assess nutrient and hormone levels, and ensure your body is functioning optimally. It is also important to remove any obstacle to health whether that includes food allergies, toxic thoughts or beliefs, etc.
Treating Lyme is a complex process.
We are living in a frightening era, however it is also equally hopeful. By looking at all of the aspects of an individual’s health and addressing areas of concern, you can live life to the fullest and have healthy babies!
For further information check out the book “Brighton Baby. The Complete Guide To Preconception and Conception” By Roy Dittmann OMD, MH
Written By Amanda Wilms, ND