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Can MRSA Affect Pregnancy

Updated on December 7, 2010

Can MRSA Affect Pregnancy

Having a baby is quite possibly one of the greatest experiences in one's life. Bringing somebody into the world is incredibly exciting, as well as incredibly scary. There are a lot of things that can happen while a baby is still in its mother's womb. Everything the mother does, and everything that is done to the mother can have a direct result to the baby. Even getting sick has a huge effect on the unborn child.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is an incredibly dangerous staph infection. It used to only be typically found in hospitals, however the infection has grown into a community-associated infection and can be caught anywhere. It generally attacks people who have a weakened immune system, and pregnant women are no exception. MRSA infection outbreaks have been documented in pregnant and postpartum women and in infants in neonatal intensive care units. A test was done to see the effects MRSA has on pregnant women and their children.

The study took several rectal and vaginal specimens were collected from women who were between 35 and 37 weeks gestation. Suring the six month study, 17 percent were positive in having staph infections, and 2.8 percent of them have MRSA. Although this number is very small, the scientists conducted that there was still a chance that MRSA could be transmitted down to their infants. However, the situation could only become problematic if the mother's immune system becomes impaired for any reason during the pregnancy. In the case of MRSA, it can cause congenital anomalies in the fetus.

Other ways the MRSA infection could spread is during the delivery. The baby's immune system is underdeveloped and isn't strong enough to battle serious infections and could put the newborn in potential danger of contracting MRSA.

The only thing a mother can do for MRSA treatment is to take the antibiotic muciprocin and apply it to the surface of your skin and inside of your nose where MRSA usually resides. If muciprocin doesn't work there are some alternatives, some stronger antibiotics, but they can be dangerous for the pregnant women and can put the pregnancy in potential danger. If you fear you have the MRSA infection, it is important to talk with your physician to see what your best option is. Knowing that you have it before the pregnancy is the best way to stop the potential spread of the infection to your child.


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      Christina ~Ohio 3 years ago

      My brother is very heavy set an recently got boils up under his chest skin from not being clean enough, it quickly turned to MRSA, he got a boil under the skin SOOOO BIG that it made his arm sit up away from his body the puss bubble was so LARGE!!

      It's very upsetting to see a loved one so sick, meanwhile my 22 yr old sister has went to the hospital to visit him an no nurses or drs. Have said a word about her not touching his items and things sitting around. He has a daughter who the mom allows to walk around the room an she even grabbed his IV once!!

      No doctors there ever told us to not touch him or hug Him!!! I'm sooo upset learning all this I texted my sister ASAP an told her to STAY AWAY FROM HIM!!! Why are these drs stopping people from direct contact!!

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      mike 5 years ago

      Docycycline I use this antibiotic worked for me ive had mrsa 3 times in 5months bactrum didn't work now my fiancé has it I feel horrible but I work in home health care its airboure so wash your hands more than normal if u geta scab cut or ingrown hair that's the easiest way for it to get serious

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      Spears 6 years ago

      I think just about everyone has mrsa these days. it has been said to be airborne and just seen an article that is is now found in some of the meat product and can get it from even touching an object that someone with mrsa has touched... Its the governments way of decreasing the population....and they truly don't know how many people have actually already died from it...and they just end up telling people that they passed because of an infection...

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      Kate 6 years ago

      Hi there I work in a care home and one of ur resident got Mrsa and am pregnant am just so scared it might affect the baby please share ur though

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      stephanie 7 years ago

      i started breaking out in boils over the past summer..the first doc told me is was staff, the second said it was MRSA and then i found out i was pregnant and told my gyno that i may have it..he did blood work and said no cause i hadn't had a breakout in over 5 months..well now im almost 6 months pregnant with twins and am scared to death..literally..i would be more than glad if someone could give me more info on this disease and the effects that it may have on my two unborn are they gonna get it just cause ive got it?the only antibiotics my gyno would give me were ampicillin, another form of penticillon..anyone who would share any info on this with me please email me at i am really scared cause this makes four kids for boy is 4 and my girl is 2, should i maybe have them tested or just wait and see what happens..someone please give me some info or a name of someone who can cause im stressing so bad im scared of going into early labor..thanks so much

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      mama2maddox 7 years ago

      I discovered I had it when I was 8 weeks pregnant. I caught it early, took some antibiotics, and was fine. I kept it covered and clean so that I could prevent the spread of it. I also work in a hospital so I kinda knew that the small infection didn't look right. Anyway, that being said, my baby is fine and I haven't had any other issues with it myself.

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      cheryl L 7 years ago

      Myhusband is in the coast guard and when him band a few guys showed leisions and tested positive for mrsa, the docs perscribed an extreme antibiotic (cant remember the name but its also used to treat leparcy), which this med is supposed to cure, not just treat mrsa...its not until you come in contact again that you contract it, from my understanding...y'all might want to ask your docs about this if you arent pregnant or i said, its a very extreme med

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      Sandy 7 years ago

      I lost my grandmother to MRSA, my sister almost died from it, my daughter has it, has had a baby and pregnant with her second child now. The only problems that i have read about being pregnant with mrsa is that your baby has a chance of also being born with it, and that it can cause your baby to have congenital problems, and also, when your pregnant, your immune system is not as great as when your not pregnant, so the chances of it becoming active is greater, also let me add, my nephew lost half of his finger because of the infection and because he was seeing a dr that didn't have a clue about what MRSA is. I have lost my cool on many Drs who have told me that its just a staph infection and that everybody carrys staph on there skin, ive even had 3 drs to get very angry at me because they thought i was trying to tell them how to do there job. One dr.s exact words to me at one time said,"are you going to play dr or let me play dr" !!!!!!! I told him really quick like that my childrens lives depend on whether or not they get the right treatment and therefor i didn't think anyone needed to be playing dr, we needed someone who would listen and be a dr. A lot of drs think since they went to school to become a dr that they know all there is to know and those type who refuse to listen and study it, learn about it are the play drs. Don't just take a drs word for it, many more people have died of mrsa than aids. Mrsa is spreading so fast and so many people are dying only because people arent being educated enough about it, not even the dr.s. Most people i talk to about it have never even heard of it, or they say they had it one time. MRSA is forever, its sometimes dormant, and sometimes becomes active, when you have knots, or infections getting worse, etc, that's when it is active, and if you go to the dr to be tested when its not active in your body, the test results will show negative, this does not mean that you don't have MRSA!!! It only means that you could have it but its not active at the time. Don't just got to be tested, wait until your not feeling well, or your muscles are aching or your running fever, or you have a cut or bite tht is becoming infected or sore, or you see knots beneath your skin. Then go, tell the dr you want to be swabbed in your nose to test for MRSA because that's where this disease lives. Demand it! It could save your life. A lot of drs will try to get out of doing the the test, for whatever reason???????? If they absolutely will not do it, find a dr who will. I have learned that its not just some drs that don't have a clue about MRSA, but MOST drs ive been to are so clueless about it that it really makes me wonder why the government isn't getting the word out to the drs! Why arent they making them go back and learn about this infectious disease that is killing more people than aids? By the time my sister finally found out she had mrsa, she was on IV that were connected to a pic line they inserted in her so the vancomycin could go straight to her heart! She almost died! My sister went to the Gulf Breeze Fla hospital for a lump on her that was painful to the touch, they said it was a spider bite, gave her antibiotics and sent her home, then it got so bad that she went back, they cut her face open, drained it, packed it with gauze, sent her home, then she got another lump, and another, and another, she went to te emergency room so many times in great pain, one of the nurses there even had the nerve if she was just trying to get pain medicine off them! They recut the one on her face, drained it again, packed her face again! Sent her home! Finally, i thought if it really was spider bites, why arent her 2 children and husband getting bit! By this time, she was so afraid to go back to the hospital, since that last cut on her face they did at Gulf Breeze Hospital, she stlarted having major panick attacks, she started studdering so bad she couldn't get a sentence out, she became withdrawn and depressed, and guess what, new ones were still popping up! Finally her husband took her over to Pensacola, baptist memorial hospital, as soon as she got there, they hooked her up to the IV full of vancomycin and inserted the pic line so it could run straight to her heart. I really believe my niece and nephew would have lost there mother if her husband hadn't decided to take her to a different hospital! Im sure many of us have learned enough about it on our own to know that MRSA is antibiotic resistant, what happens when you take to many antibiotics? Your immune system only gets weaker! So that's the most important thing with mrsa, find out if you have it, if you do, find a dr who really knows what they are doing to give you the right drug to calm it down, because if you get just any antibiotic, its only going to make your immune system worse! And when u have mrsa, your immune system is lower than normal anyway. They only have just 2 or 3 meds that help to calm mrsa down, bactrim is the first one they try to prescribe usually with bactraban cream, treat that cream like gold because its awesome. If the bactrim don't work, then they'll try the next beat thing, 3rd if that don't work, you get vancomycin run through an IV, my sister eventually got to leave the hospital, but, she had to carry her portable iv bag with her for lmost a month, and she had to go back to the hospital daily to have them change it. It was kinda like a purse, it came on at 9am and 9pm, to keep a steady amount flowing into her heart. My sister was only about 24 when she learned she had it, since then, she lost her job, her self esteem because of the scars on her face and body, she became so depressed and embarrased to leave her house, she gained about 60 pounds, went from an active happy go lucky 2nd degree blackbelt in tykwando healthy mom of 2 to loosing her home, her friends, and living in her room with the lights off and the curtains closed always. They decided to move here to tn so i could help her with her kids, and take her to her dr app. At that time i met Dr. Sioson, an infectious disease dr. At that time, i believe she was 1 of only 9 infectious disease drs in the whole US. I learned so much about MRSA from her. It was a blessing to take my sister to the dr because little did i know at the time, that my grandmother soon after died from it, then my own daughter got it, then my nephew got it, and i have met many others since then who have it. Thank God I got to learn about it from one of the best infectious disease drs in the US. I honestly believe, that it will soon become a world wide epidemic, and will wipe out so many of us, i believe a lot more people have it than we think or that statistics show. Its the easiest infectious disease to catch. Anyone who communicates with other in person, who touches doors, or gas pumps, who swipes bank cards, who pushes a buggy or runs there fingers across a redbox machine, who types in numbers at the atm, stores that use buttons, goes to the gym, goes to school, goes to work, can get it just as easy as living with a person who has it. If you don't have it right now, your blessed. It acts different with different people, you may go years not even knowing you have it until alla sudden it flares up. Sometimes it even calms itsself down without having to get treatment. Whether you have mrsa or not, keep your hands washed, and keep your fingers out of your nose, keep your boo boos covered, i stay on my daughter about this, not just because i don't want her to spread it, but also because her immune aystem is so low, that since she has mrsa, she is at a lot greater risk to catch other infectious diseases now too, like my sister now also has pyroderma gangrenosym. Its not joke. Read about it. Take the time to look it up on sites like the mayo, etc, read only the facts, because a lot of people are giving false info on it. If nothing else, learn all you can just to teach other, teach the few drs who became drs to help people who didn't become drs to make fast easy money, the good hard to find drs who are still eagar to learn, caring ones who will gladly listen and appreciate the info just so they can help others. Spread t

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      Crissy  7 years ago

      I also have had MRSA for awhile. i have the persistent kind that continues to come back every 2-3 months. they have never told me that i couldn't have children. Actually i went in just this past month to have a MRSA treated and that's how i discovered that i'm pregnant. i'm still only about 6 weeks but as far as i know it is very rare that they tell somebody that you cannot get pregnant... with it being on the inside it might be ill-advised to get pregnant but for a doctor to say with-out a doubt would make me want a second opinion...

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      Christine  7 years ago

      I don't believe that having MRSA should stop you from eventually having children. I have had it since 2005, it is in my body but I don't always have an infection, they pop up every once and a while and I do to the doctor and treat it at home as well with hot packs so the swelling will go down. I am 36 weeks pregnant right now and the only thing they told me was the baby will have to stay in the room with me instead of in the nursery at the hospital. It is also difficult to prescribe an antibiotic being pregnant.

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      rachel  8 years ago

      Im only 16 but recently I found out I have MRSA, but

      it is im my body and isn't showing on my skin just my

      throat, and back of my tongue.

      and I know it may be a lot for me to worry about at my age

      but I found out because of this disease I will never be able to have children because of it..

      It may be a reilief for some 16 year olds not being able to

      get pregnant but I want kids in the future and now I wont

      ever be able to have them..

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      alicia 8 years ago

      ive had mrsa for 10 months now and the doctors just found out about it and i don't think there is very many doctors that know about it im now 8 wks pregnant and i have an 11 month old and scared they told me i could die and that many do. how are we supose to help our self get better if they cant help understand?

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      nicole 8 years ago

      mrsa is a major thing. my brother has it and you know pretty quick if you have it. it swells very large. but the MOST important thing is to see you doctor! even if you think you don't have it but know someone who does. see your doctor ASAP! lives HAVE been lost to this! to the mom who lost her 3 children to this i'm very sorry for your loss but your doing a good thing by getting your story out and helping others! thank you for that!

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      megan 8 years ago

      my six year old has mrsa an i am five months pregnant but i don't know if i have it. i have trying to find out excattlay what this disease can do to a women who is expecting and the unborn child. now that i know i am more scared then ever before. if there is anyone out there that can help me throw this pealse send me a email and to the women that lost her babys my prays go out to you i am very sorry!

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      kristina 8 years ago

      I have had mrsa probably 10 tens since 2005, I havnt gotten sick in about two years and now Im 32 weeks pregnant and I think I may have another infection...I am watching it closly but from experience am showing the signs of having an infection...this article was very helpful, and also scary...I know mrsa is no joke I will call my doc asap . Sorry for your loss

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      Kasha Johnson 8 years ago

      I was a high risk pregnancy of triplets and my babies died due to MRSA. This thing is no joke

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      Ann Martin 9 years ago

      iknd of frightening to know were so easily susceptible to it. what led you to writing about this topic