Yes, You Can Be Allergic to Being Pregnant
By now, we all know that pregnancy can do crazy things to our bodies.
Everything from hemorrhoids to varicose veins, to crazy swelling to cravings, and let's not forget the actual part where our bodies create an entire human being from scratch. I believe Bill Nye the Science Guy (or, at least, his alter ego on Twitter) said it best when he described it like this: “Shout out to uteruses, the original 3D printers.”
But anyways, the point is, pregnancy can lead to some crazy stuff going on in our bodies, but here's a new one for you: did you know that your body could actually be allergic to being pregnant?
Yup, it's a real thing, and it's called pemphigoid gestationis, which we will abbreviate as PG for the purposes of this article.
PG, according to the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, is an auto-immune blistering disease that occurs when a woman's immune system starts attacking her own skin in response to the hormones of pregnancy.
The disorder usually starts later during pregnancy, in the second and third trimesters, and begins with an itchy rash that develops into blisters. The most common place it begins is around the belly button, which makes sense. I remember my stomach itching so much when I was pregnant as all that skin stretched out. Unfortunately, however, when PG is the cause that itch soon develops into a full-blown rash with large, raised red patches on the entire body, including the trunk, back, buttocks, and limbs. Even the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet can be affected, and the blisters will fill with fluid or even blood.
The condition can apparently also be caused by taking birth control pills because those pills artificially introduce the same hormones of pregnancy, but in general, it's mostly found during pregnancy. It might also occur when a woman's period comes back after pregnancy, due to fluctuating hormones. It might happen if a woman gets pregnant again, too.
There isn't really a cure for PG, although symptoms can be managed with medication and treatment. In some cases, the baby will get the rash, too. If you're sufficiently horrified by this article, allow me to just reassure you that PG is actually incredibly rare, and odds are, you aren't be allergic to being pregnant.
Did you develop any weird symptoms to being pregnant?