Re: Do lyme symptoms come and go?
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Yes, symptoms can come and go. The infection can go dormant while remaining in the body only to re-emerge later. This is especially common if the immune system becomes supressed due to stress, other illness, etc.
Lyme has been shown to be communicable via trans-placental transmission.
This was first documented in 1985. For the actual study, see "Maternal-fetal transmission of the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia bergdorferi." Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 103 p. 67-68 Schlesinger et al. (1985)
The Annals of Internal Medicine became the first medical journal to publish an article describing a case of maternal/fetal transmission that resulted in the death of the infant. The baby died shortly after birth and the Lyme organisms were found in the baby's spleen, kidneys, and bone marrow. Source: Schlesinger et al. (1985)
If the child is born with Lyme it can have serious health problems. I personally know a woman who did transmit it to her children (they had saved the cord blood- the Lyme bacteria were found in the cord blood). This can be prevented with proper medication during pregnancy.