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Angie’s Pregnancy Guide Week 33: Sharp pains and MRSA

July 28, 2015

If you want your pregnancy to fly by, just make sure you have a toddler around to take care of, that you work from home (even better if you have set deadlines), move across the country about halfway through, and keep a weekly journal of your pregnancy. Then it will fly by, seriously.

New Sharp Shooters and Physical Activity

Week 33 has brought a new sensation: sharp, shooting pains up the inside of my right leg, and into my pelvis. They come out of nowhere, much like the sharp cervical pains, and they also cause me to yelp in pain. They seem to get worse with prolonged activity but don’t seem to be triggered by anything specific. Doc says it’s normal.

Because of the pains, I reduced my activity and have been taking daily walks around the neighborhood with my daughter. Initially, after a block or so the pains would start and I would try so hard not to yell but they come on so suddenly and intensely. My poor daughter gets so worried when they come on so suddenly. I tell her I’m okay and it’s just the baby moving and sometimes it hurts, but that I’m okay. After about a week of these regular walks, they have become easier and have actually seemed to help alleviate the pain. I’m hoping to slowly increase the distance of our walks and am incorporating a regular stretching routine to also help with the pains and aches. So far, so good!

I didn’t have any of these pains with my first pregnancy, for the record. I went to school and took a 15-credit semester during my second and third trimesters and went into labor with my daughter a few hours after my chemistry final. I went up and down stairs and walked around campus all day long. That’s probably a big reason why I didn’t have these aches and pains the first time around; I’m less active with this pregnancy. School MADE me active, and now I have to schedule it into my day or it gets brushed aside.  A good lesson to learn, I suppose.

In a way, these pains and contractions are so exciting. The evidence of this little boy growing and moving is incredible. I remind myself of how much I missed feeling these little kicks after my daughter was born and as she grew older. They really are such a blessing and I am honored to get the opportunity to grow these little bodies and become a mother to such wonderful little spirits. It really is all worth it.

MRSA

Well, it seems that I’m due for a stressful event about every other week of pregnancy, and right on schedule here’s the latest. My daughter got a MRSA infection. If you recall, we have been angrily fighting off mosquitos and dealing with ridiculous amounts of bug bites since we moved to a very hot and humid region of this beautiful country.  Some calamine lotion and Benadryl had been keeping our bites from driving us crazy, but one bump on my daughter, in her diaper-area, had not been responding to any of our relief efforts. After a few days of this bump becoming increasingly swollen, hard, and tender, we realized it was infected. After a horrifically traumatic but necessary visit to the doctor, we found out it was MRSA, a serious kind of staph infection. MRSA stands for “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,” and it is quite serious because it is resistant to several kinds of antibiotics. There are two different kinds of MRSA, a community-acquired kind, which is what healthy people (like my daughter) typically get, and then there is a healthcare-acquired kind, usually acquired in hospital settings by people with compromised immune systems. Because of the misuse of antibiotics, MRSA is considered a “superbug,” meaning healthcare professionals have a hard time fighting it as it frequently evolves to become resistant to treatments.

Like my daughter’s bump, an infection usually starts out looking like an infected spider bite. In fact when I thought that’s what it was, I googled it and the first suggestion was “infected spider bite versus staph infection” and this picture popped up:

what MRSA, staph infection, looks like

(Also, for the record, DO NOT click on “images” when you google “infected spider bite”).

If the infection goes untreated and it spreads, it becomes very serious and life-threatening. There was an outbreak of MRSA back when I was in middle school, and that’s when I had first learned about it. A few people had died and several had been hospitalized. The local health department visited the schools and handed out flyers to encourage hand-washing and good preventative measures to stop the spreading of the infection.

Fortunately, we caught our daughter’s before it had spread and gotten too serious. I’m a super over-preparer and didn’t leave a single stone unturned when it came to disinfecting and preventing her MRSA from spreading. She’s almost completely healed and is finishing up her meds, so now we are just sharing our tale to help others identify and recognize the infection. As far as where she got it, we’re thinking it was from changing her diaper in a public place. Having a MRSA infection in the diaper area is common, I’ve found out, and usually, public diaper changes are the culprit. We’ll probably stick to changing her in the car from now on and, of course, always on a changing mat. Also, Lysol kills MRSA, as well.

…so keeping a can of that handy and spraying it on surfaces beforehand is also a good idea, or at least gives me peace of mind.

So that was my eventful week 33! We made it through and here’s hoping week 34 gives us a break before any more craziness happens 😉

 

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Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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5 thoughts on “Angie’s Pregnancy Guide Week 33: Sharp pains and MRSA

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Angela Silva

Thank you Jane! We managed well 🙂 And yes, six weeks of relaxation and no pain would great considering what’s coming after those six weeks, haha!

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Jane

What a week! How scary about the MRSA—so glad your daughter is OK! I hope the next six or so weeks are relaxing, pain-free and uneventful!

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Lacey Pappas

You do deserve a break!

Thank you for the info on MSRA- I had never heard about it before. Great tips!

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Angela Silva

Thank you! Yeah that’s what I learned from all of this – it’s a nasty germ that’s everywhere, but being diligent about hand-washing and sanitation really does go a long way to prevent an infection.

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LaRene

I can’t imagine having to go through something like this – treating your toddler for MRSA while pregnant – yikes! Thanks for helping spread the word about how widespread it is, and how easy it is to get. If a healthy toddler can get it, ANYONE can, and we need to take extra precautions.