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Mother Got Blisters During Pregnancy and Realised She Was Allergic to Her Own Baby
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Mother Got Blisters During Pregnancy and Realised She Was Allergic to Her Own Baby

"It hurt a lot to even hold my son so I wasn't really able to enjoy the newborn stage because of it," she said.

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Fiona Hooker observed red, itchy spots on her tummy when she was 31 weeks pregnant. They initially felt like nettle stings, but they only became worse with time for the new mother. Her disease quickly worsened causing large blisters that hurt even after her baby's delivery, reports Unilad. The mom from Basingstoke, Hampshire was eventually diagnosed with Pemphigoid Gestationis, a rare autoimmune pregnancy disorder. Her immune system presumably attacked her own skin as a result of a response to a gene in her son's DNA. According to AOCD, PG occurs in approximately 1 in 50,000 pregnancies in the United States.

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Hooker said, "I got a few tiny, really itchy marks around my belly button that felt like nettle stings. I went to the doctors after a few days because it was getting more and more itchy and unbearable." She added, "They gave me some steroid creams which didn't really touch it and it was getting bigger - my belly was covered in red, itchy plaques." She said it took time to recognise this rare condition, "t was the third GP I went to see that said it looked like the condition Pemphigoid Gestationis and he referred me to a dermatologist who gave me the strongest steroid cream you can get." She said that it was like, she was "allergic" to her own baby.