"It was like my unborn baby was trying to kill me"
So many women dream of becoming mothers. Surely, they hope to experience an easy, normal pregnancy, but many complications can arise while carrying a child. Some normal, and some … not so much.
You wouldn’t think that a woman could develop an allergy to her own fetus, but it can occur when hormones aren’t functioning correctly. This is just one of the exhausting, painful ailments that one young woman experienced during her first pregnancy, and it may make her rethink ever having another child.
Making a Family
23-year-old Jessica Williams of Waterlooville was a happy and healthy young woman. She wasn’t planning on having a baby with her partner Daniel Powell, but they conceived their first child after two years together.
Jessica said, “‘It was definitely a surprise, but we were so happy. I was smitten with Dan and we were excited to start a family.”
Seven weeks into her pregnancy, Jessica started having morning sickness, but it was abnormally severe. She was vomiting up to ten times a day and had to be hospitalized for dehydration.
Her biggest concern was for her unborn child. She explained, “Thankfully, my illness didn’t affect the baby and I was relieved when our 12-week scan showed that everything was fine.”
But Jessica wasn’t okay herself; she was still massively sick.
A Bad Diagnosis
Two months into her pregnancy, Jessica was diagnosed with Swine Flu. She was treated for it, but she had to take time off of work at Little Acorns Nursery School because she was contagious. Her boyfriend Daniel was immune to the disease, at least, so he was able to care for her.
Jessica was doing well after her round of illnesses, but then even more severe issues took her on a painful trip.