Everything You Need To Understand About Pregnancy And Blood Disorder
Before we answer the question if you should be fearful or not or before we take and give advice from experts, let us first find out everything there is to know about ITP blood disorder. ITP blood disorder is a type of autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack or destroy its own platelet. We as humans are ready with what we call as anti bodies that combat viruses and microorganisms, preventing our bodies from getting infections. In the case of ITP, the very antibodies that we rely on to guard our systems are the ones attacking the platelets making their numbers lower than the normal amount necessary to keep us healthful.
What are platelets? Platelets are blood components. It is responsible for blood clot. They also help heal wounds faster. Without platelets our blood cell will not be able to clot, making us bleed excessively even on simple bruises and wounds.
Signs and symptoms
Symptoms and signs of ITP to lookout for are excessive bleeding, blood in stool and urine and regular gum and nose hemorrhage. People with ITP also have lesions and reds spots on their skin which are signs of bleeding under the surface of the skin. Both adults and children can have ITP but it is neither transmittable nor genetic, according to studies.
Should you be bothered?
Given all the facts about ITP, it is but average if you are pregnant to be concerned if you already an ITP patient given that it is a problem about blood clotting and hemorrhage. There may be concerns about delivering a healthy baby or not or delivery issues. These are all valid questions and concerns that we will try to address.
Although there are no studies that indicate women with ITP should not get pregnant, there will always be some risks involved for both the mother and the child. If you want to have a child and you know that you have ITP, consistent monitoring of the platelet count is very critical. At third trimester platelet count may drop drastically, so it is important to be observed regularly. That is why it cannot be stressed enough how crucial it is to have your platelets monitored and managed.
Can it distress the fetus or the new born? During pregnancy, the antibodies of the mother may cross the placenta. Upon entering the placenta, the antibodies may recognize that of the fetus platelets and can eventually damage them. Expecting women with ITP may therefore cause moderate to severe thrombocytopenia. But this situation is only impermanent. With proper diagnosis and care, thrombocytopenia in infants and kids do not have long term effects on their health. Thrombocytopenia on newborns can last up to eight weeks after birth. According to studies, women who have already given birth to children with thrombocytopenia can expect her other children to be born with the same disorder as well.
It is also worth knowing that children who develop ITP because of viral infection will heal itself as time passes by. They can recover even without medical intervention. But for your peace of mind it is still advisable to drop in on your doctor for proper management and caring tips to avoid bruising and wounds that could lead to blood loss.