There are no such things as sick days when you're a mom! Audrey Roloff has been trooping through a nasty illness for the past week, and on June 11 she finally gave in and went to the doctor. Shockingly, the 26-year-old wife and mom found out she has contracted Mononucleosis, AKA "the kissing disease." While everyone is hoping she gets better soon, fans couldn't help but worry about whether or not she could pass on the illness to her nine-month-old daughter, Ember.
"The past week I’ve been feeling so rundown and have been experiencing a lot of abdominal pain," Audrey explained in the caption of an Instagram post. Auj said that her instincts told her something was seriously wrong, so she went to the "dreaded urgent care" to get some tests. After they checked her out for strep throat and pregnancy, she asked them to check for mono on a whim. "When he came back in with the results he said, 'Well, I think you’re the first breastfeeding mom I’ve ever seen test POSITIVE for Mono.'"
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The past week I’ve been feeling so rundown and have been experiencing a lot of abdominal pain. I thought it was just from stress of working on the edits for our book, getting ready to travel out of town for a work trip, and Ember waking up in the night to nurse (which has been happening for the past 3 weeks.. teething 🤷🏼♀️). But apparently that’s not all. 🤦🏼♀️ From being an injury prone athlete my whole life, I’ve acquired a keen sense for when something is off in my body. Yesterday I finally decided to go to the dreaded urgent care. They wanted to test me for strep and pregnancy but I was convinced neither were the case. I asked if I could maybe be Mono (I had watched my best friend fight mono in college and my symptoms were so similar). He said that they typically see Mono in teenagers and college students… But they tested me to be sure. When he came back in with the results he said, “Well, I think you’re the first breastfeeding mom I’ve ever seen test POSITIVE for Mono…” Like seriously?! I’m not going around making out with people and sharing drinks 🤔 Oh and then he follows up with this super practical and attainable advice…”Just try to rest as much as you can for the next 4-8 weeks” ……👈🏻🤣LOL. MOMS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET MONO🙅🏼♀️ Praying I don’t pass it to Ember or Jeremy and that it passes over me quickly🙏🏻 At least I have the cutest baby girl ever to cheer me up☺️I mean look at that face on the 4th photo?! 😭 #emberjean #alwaysmore #alwaysmoremilk @shopalwaysmore
While Audrey joked that "I'm not making out with people and sharing drinks!" many fans said that it's totally normal for healthy adults to come down with the infection. "My husband (who is 34) just came down with mono last month," said a fan. "We learned that you can have the virus, in a dormant state, for quite a while and never show symptoms. The virus can be activated by stress." Audrey did admit that she's been super stressed about the "edits for our book, getting ready to travel out of town for a work trip, and Ember waking up in the night to nurse (which has been happening for the past 3 weeks… teething ??♀️)" So we're willing to bet that's what caused her to get sick.
Audrey certainly isn't into the idea of down time. She's a busy mom with a business trip coming up, but unfortunately the doc said ”Just try to rest as much as you can for the next 4-8 weeks." Audrey laughed at that, but let's hope she takes it seriously. She also said she's "praying she doesn't pass it to Ember or Jeremy," but she was still posting videos with her baby girl today. So can she pass it on? Luckily, Ember is probably safe.
"Mono usually is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a very common virus that most kids are exposed to at some point while growing up," explained Kid's Health. "Infants and young kids infected with EBV typically have very mild symptoms or none at all." So Ember probably won't get sick from Audrey, but she could still contract the virus and come down with the infection later in life. Jeremy, on the other hand, should definitely be careful around Audrey right now!