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    Default Low Platelets before getting pregnant

    Hi, I have had low (not low enough to have any treatment yet) platelet count for over a year now. I have blood tests every 2 months to check on the levels. I've read that people can get low platelets due to pregnancy, however I'm not pregnant yet but want to start trying next year. Wondering if this means there is a good chance they will drop even lower when I am pregnant?

    Has anyone had experience with this before?

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    I know a friend who has the problem. It gets lower during pregnancy. It turns out to be a blood disease. Blood won't clot. She didn't find out how serious it is until her first pregnancy. It is a high risk pregnancy.

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    Thanks for that.... Seems I have a lot to look forward too.....

    They check my bone marrow and it was fine, apparently my body is destroying its own platelets for some unknown reason.

    Next time im at the specialist I'll ask them how it will affect me.

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    I had low platelets before pregnancy but only marginally, I didn't need extra teasing or anything. They did drop lower in pregnancy but not low enough to effect the pregnancy or birth. They just monitored the levels closely throughout pregnancy and I would have needed a blood test before I could get an epidural if I wanted it. It does effect blood clotting so if it drops too low it will make you high risk. Hopefully you never have to worry about it. All the best with TTC next year.

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    I didn't have low platelets before I got pregnant but did have pregnancy induced low platelets. My platelets got quite low (about 70-80 I think) only towards the very end of my pregnancy and I was induced at 39 weeks because the doctor was worried it would just keep getting lower and result in a high risk labour. I was unable to have an epidural as the risks are much higher with low platelets.

    I'm not sure what the treatment is if platelets get dangerously low before the pregnancy is full term.

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    The only experience I've had with low platelets is that DD had low platelets once during her cancer treatment. She had a platelet transfusion to treat it.


 

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