My friend was over yesterday and was telling me about her boyfriend's sister in law. Apparently she is pregnant with her 3rd child, but her first boy and she is covered nearly head to toe with hives because she is ALLERGIC to the MALE DNA! I am trying to find some info on this occurrence because neither I nor my friend has EVER heard of something like that. So far I can't find anything online about it and I was just wondering if any of you moms can shed some light on the subject. It is just the craziest thing I've ever heard.

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Dec. 23, 2007 at 9:29 PM

Who on earth told her such nonsense? It's very common, unfortunately, for women to have reactions like that during their pregnancies. But not to the gender of their babies!

Who knows... it is a wild and crazy world, after all.

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Dec. 23, 2007 at 9:30 PM maybe its something she is eating? Or maybe because skin gets more sensitive during pregnancy its her soap?! Being allergic to the male DNA doesn't sound right. Why wouldn't she break out in hives everytime she had sex with a man?!

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Dec. 23, 2007 at 9:30 PM That is to funny never heard of it.

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Dec. 23, 2007 at 9:33 PM  she might be RH- and the baby might be RH+ which makes the moms antibodies fight against the baby like it is a virus! But I have never heard of being allergic to male DNA

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Dec. 23, 2007 at 9:51 PM Weird-The only thing I heard of was the posibilty of a baby being allergic to the moms breast milk but I have never heard of a preggo woman being allergic the baby inside of her...thats really strange...if you find any info on it, Im definitly interested in knowing more!

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Dec. 23, 2007 at 11:05 PM

have you ever heard of PUPP????

women who are having boys get it way more then women having girls. It happens in the third tri. It's only s'pose to happen in the first pregnancy and that's it. but it can recur again. They are small red bumps that form on the stretch marks, then take over the whole stretch mark and they itch like hell. they do fade but then pop up other places ranging from you tummy, boobs, arms, thighs,and butt. If you are plagued with this it lasts till about 1 to 2 weeks AFTER you have the child.

Some investigators suggest that the rapid abdominal wall distension damages connective tissue and causes an inflammatory response. One study has shown that male fetal DNA can be found in skin biopsies of the rash. Since 70% of women with PUPPP give birth to boys, a new hypothesis is that male fetal DNA acts as a skin irritant.

I can attest to how true this is I have been plagued with it TWICE. The first time i had it just on my belly and thighs.

the second i had it EFFIN EVERYWHERE. Including my shins the top of my feet. and i don't have stretch marks there. So yes i do believe moms can be allergic to Male DNA. I believe i am allergic to my first Trimester due to the fact i had Hyperemesis gravidarum twice that lasted till 17 to 18 weeks with each pregnancy. for those who do not know it's really bad morning sickness. So yes it just proves to me how much MEN are a pain in a women's hiney. But regardless i still have two beautiful sons!

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Dec. 24, 2007 at 1:19 PM Wow, that is absolutely crazy. Now I know!

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