During pregnancy, there is always concern for the safety of the baby and how illnesses or injuries can affect the pregnancy. A MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection during pregnancy may or may not be cause for concern depending on how serious the infection is.
With preventive measures to avoid an infection and prompt treatment when there is an infection, a pregnant woman can eliminate or reduce the risks of a MRSA infection during pregnancy. Before birth, a baby is not at risk from this infection, but treatment may present a risk.
It is never advisable to self-treat MRSA during a pregnancy or any other time because the infection can become life threatening when not treated effectively.
Will It Be A Problem?
For most pregnant women, MRSA will not be a problem, but for pregnant women with a weakened immune system, they could acquire a serious infection. The simple practice of hand washing with soap and water after touching any person or surface that may be contaminated with the MRSA bacteria will reduce the number of cases of pregnant women who acquire this bacterial infection (Everything You Need to Know About Vaginal MRSA). Care should be taken to avoid hands becoming cracked and dry from over washing because it can cause breaks in the skin that could allow the bacteria to enter.
If MRSA is acquired during pregnancy, prompt treatment will be necessary to prevent the spread of the infection and to protect the unborn baby. When MRSA is diagnosed, a healthcare professional will choose antibiotics that are believed to be safe for the unborn baby. Rarely will a pregnant woman miscarry when infected with a serious MRSA infection.
Treating And Being Safe
Identifying a MRSA infection early will allow for safer topical antibiotics like muciprocin to be used. It can be applied to infected areas of the skin as directed by a physician. It may also be used to treat MRSA In The Nose when swabbing the nose results in identifying colonization of this type of staph infection.
Antibiotics are commonly used to treat MRSA. There are some antibiotics that are safe for a pregnant women and her unborn baby. Other treatments may include lancing, draining, and surgery to treat the infection. A healthcare professional will weigh the risks of the treatment against the risk of the MRSA infection spreading.
The Risks to Baby
An unborn baby is not at risk of becoming infected with MRSA under normal circumstances. During the birth, the baby may be at risk of becoming infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is a serious staph infection, if the mother has an active MRSA infection.
A healthcare professional will need to be consulted to determine the safest way for a pregnant woman, who is infected, to give birth. Though babies are born with an undeveloped immune system, mother’s milk can provide protection from many illnesses and infections, but it is not clear how much protection there is against a MRSA infection. When a mother passes this infection to her unborn baby, there is a slight risk it can lead to congenital anomalies.
Pregnant women should take extra care to avoid being exposed to MRSA because it is a serious staph infection and treatment may put her baby at risk.