A mum-to-be says a rare pregnancy symptom has left her clothes and even her toilet seat stained blue.
It might sound like something from science fiction, but Keisha Sethi, from London, is just one of many women who have reported the unusual phenomenon over the years.
According to online forums, many expectant mums are blaming a condition called chromhidrosis – a disorder of the sweat glands that usually manifests with coloured sweat – it may be yellow, green, blue, brown, or black due to a pigment produced in the sweat glands called lipofuscin.
However, there is no proven link between pregnancy and chromhidrosis – often dubbed ‘Smurf butt’.
Keisha, 24, from London, first noticed the symptom when she was seven months pregnant, when her boyfriend, Brad, spotted the blue toilet seat.
‘It just happened overnight,’ she said. ‘It was quite crazy actually, it was like I was leaking blue ink. I felt like an octopus.
‘I had no idea what it was. I went to the loo a few times and my partner went into the bathroom and was like, “Keisha are you wearing something blue?”
‘I thought I was going crazy or that my partner had done something, I was very in denial it was me.
‘I tried to wipe it but it just would not come off.
‘That same night I went to check my clothes and I had blue stains on my white top that I’d normally wear to bed. There were stains on my pillows and the bedsheets.’
The women’s fitness company owner was terrified that her inky stains may be a sign that something was wrong, and said she felt like a ‘leaking octopus’ and ‘like a creature from Avatar.’
Keisha said: ‘I wasn’t wearing any jeans as none of my jeans fit me anymore so I knew it couldn’t be that.
‘My mum was super worried, she’d never heard of anything like this.
‘I thought, “Is my pregnancy not agreeing with me? Is it my clothes? Did I eat something wrong?”.
‘I called the triage up and they said they’d never heard of it. It’s so rare. The person I spoke to was laughing because she thought I was joking around.’
Keisha stayed up researching the bizarre symptom all night with her partner, who soon read similar accounts from women online, and discovered her colour-changing sweat could be down to chromhidrosis
‘It turns out it was just my skin and the sweat changing colour due to hormones,’ she says simply.
The week-long staining left as suddenly as it had appeared, and two months on Keisha is now expecting a baby girl any day now.
Keisha, who runs Fitness with Keisha, shared her story on TikTok.
‘I thought I’d get it out onto other people’s For You pages and so many people said they’d had similar experiences,’ she says.
Keisha added: ‘If you’re dealing with an unknown symptom like I was, hopefully your doctor will be able to help.
‘I find social media and TikTok can be helpful as people put their experiences on there.
‘Try to find someone and reach out if they’re having the same experience, just for that extra reassurance. That was when I could relax.’
Keisha’s video received more than 747,000 views. One person commented: ‘IT HAPPENED TO ME! I thought I was turning into a Smurf!’
Another said: “When I was on maternity I met someone else who had the same thing! Apparently it’s a hormone thing!’
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