Allergic To Pregnancy
According to Fiona Kerrigan, she tells the Daily Mirror that throughout the majority of her pregnancy, she was lucky— no stretch marks appeared. But during her last trimester, that all changed.
She tells the Daily Mirror:
“The rash started from the stretch marks on my bump, and spread to the rest of my body. I had bright red tiger stripes on my belly, and angry red patches all over my body— it was everywhere, all over my arms and legs and even the palms of my hands.”
And it didn’t stop there…
“Towards the end they started to come through in a horrific way,” Kerrigan recalls. “I got a few stretch marks across my bump— they were quite red and itchy, and then they started to get bumpy and raised.”
Her midwife had never seen anything like it before. Doctors then diagnosed Kerrigan with PEP, Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy. PEP is a common skin disorder that occurs when the skin is stretched so much that an allergy develops. But in her case, it was her growing baby bump that was causing it. (Continued Below)
“The way the doctor described it to me was that my skin had stretched so far, to the absolute limit — so far that some of the baby’s cells had started to mix with my own, causing a reaction,” She explains. “Essentially, I was allergic to my pregnancy.”
Kerrigan suffered mentally and physically since the itching was so bad but she stayed strong for his baby boy. She had to receive steroid treatments for the itching.
Once her beautiful 7lb-2oz baby boy was born everything changed. After one year has passed she says that it was worth it despite the suffering and would have another some time later.
“But as horrible as it was, it was all worth it in the end – as soon as I held my son I forgot all about it, and I’d have another baby even knowing it might happen again.