Woman's Allergic Reaction to Her Unborn Baby Makes 'Normal' Pregnancy Side Effects Seem Tolerable

pregnantDealing with some of the less than pleasant symptoms that come with pregnancy isn't always a walk in the park, but one woman in Britain really puts those pesky side effects into perspective. Twenty-year-old Dayle Byrom actually became allergic to her unborn baby at around 20 weeks (yes, you heard me right), causing her to break out in an unbearably painful, burning rash all over her body.

She was unable to stop the urge to scratch and dig at her skin from all the pain and itching -- and things got so bad that she even considered ending her pregnancy. But her motherly urges must have kicked in, because she hung in there and wound up delivering a healthy baby boy. And it wasn't until after her son's birth that she found out an allergic reaction to her baby boy had been the cause of her torturous rash.

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As it turns out, Dayle was suffering from a rare condition called Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy. Basically, she was allergic to the testosterone that was being produced in her growing baby. And while the condition is fairly uncommon, it does seem to happen more frequently with women who are pregnant with boys, and women who are expecting their first babies.

And even though Dayle has her baby and her pregnancy is over, she still bears the scars of her incessant scratching, and the skin on her legs will probably never completely heal. And sometimes she even runs into certain products that make the itching flare up again -- so it's highly unlikely that she'll ever be able to fully forget her pregnancy ordeal.

Wow. After hearing about how much agony she had to deal with, I feel kind of guilty for complaining about heartburn and hemorrhoids while I was pregnant with my son. And I can remember my belly being pretty itchy because the skin was so stretched out, but my discomfort was nowhere near as extreme as what this poor girl went through.

If you're trying to come to terms with regular bouts of morning sickness or extreme fatigue (or any other "normal" symptom) during your pregnancy, stop and think about Dayle's story before you get too bent out of shape. At least those things eventually go away, and at least there are things you can do to ease some of the nastier side effects. I guess it's true what they say -- when you think things are bad, someone else always has it worse. (Count your blessings, ladies.)

What's the worst pregnancy side effect you've experienced so far?

 

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