What is ITP in Pregnancy?

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ITP is the abbreviation of the blood disorder Immune Thrombocytopenia. Immune Thrombocytopenia is defined as a low platelet count in an otherwise healthy individual.

If a pregnant woman develops a low platelet count during her pregnancy she will either be diagnosed with ITP or Gestational Thrombocytopenia.

If she has not previously had a low platelet count, she is more commonly diagnosed with Gestational Thrombocytopenia. If the pregnant woman has a history of low platelets it is classified as ITP in Pregnancy.

If the platelet count corrects itself after the pregnancy then she simply had Gestational Thrombocytopenia. If the low platelet count persists, she may be diagnosed with Immune Thrombocytopenia.

Pregnancy is known to lower the platelet count of almost all pregnant women in some way. The normal range of platelets in nonpregnant women is 150 to 400 making the average platelet count 250.  During pregnancy the average decreases to 213,000. Continue reading

Covering a Bruise with Green Concealers, Reviews

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Green concealers are used to correct and hide redness and red tones in the skin. Green concealers work to neutralise redness, making them a great way to cover up pimples, zits, skin conditions, bruises and sunburn.

At first, I found green concealers terrible. I put way too much product on my skin, I did not know how to blend it, I hadn’t matched the colour well to my complexion and looked ridiculous. With practice, I have improved immensely. Now I am much better.

The problem with redness correcting green concealers is that there are SO many to choose from. Below is a guide to a few popular green concealers I’ve tried and how they worked. Hopefully, this guide will help you to achieve the most natural, bruise-free skin possible. Continue reading

Feeling Grateful

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Giving thanks, or to put it another way, being nice first.

For a long time, I never realized just how important Thankfulness (is that a word?) and Gratefulness (that has got to be a word) is to Happiness (definitely a word).

For a long time, my default was to be in a bad mood, and then wait until things cheered me up. If I knew I had to get a blood test in the afternoon, I would waste an entire morning feeling sorry for myself in preparation for the afternoon.

I would head to the doctor too early, then waste too much time sitting around for no reason. Afterward, feeling sore and sorry for myself I would grumble all the way home, poor me… blah blah blah – my life sucks, needles are painful and intrusive and make me sad. Having ITP is shit… Blah blah blah…

There was no gain from being like this. I didn’t gain anything positive from acting like this. My blood count never changed on account of how much I worried about it, or grumbled about the doctor, or felt sad and sorry for myself. The tests never came less frequently the more I complained to my friends about how I was forced to waste my days off at the doctors.

It was so destructive to my happiness, worrying about the results and feeling anxious all morning. I was frustrated that I had to go to the doctor (again) and felt like I was wasting my life.

I was the one that was suffering, feeling flat and sad. And it was my own fault. I was doing nothing to help myself feel better. I was focusing on all the crap stuff.

Taking the time, every day to be grateful and thankful for the good things in your life instantly changes your mood. It makes you smile, it makes you think and it helps to put things into perspective. Just try and think of ten things right now that you can be thankful for today.

Here is my list.

  1. ITP being positive, tp, itp bruises, bruising easily, hide a bruise, Bruises, Bruise, itp, low platelet count,I am so grateful that Kate came to visit with cheese.
  2. I’m thankful for the cheap tray of mangos I bought a few days ago.
  3. I am thankful the weather is hot and nice.
  4. I am so luck to have a mothers group full of amazing, normal, positive and hilarious ladies…
  5. That the coffee shop at the end of my street is now open late.
  6. I am grateful that the dress I am wearing to a friend’s wedding will hide the bruises on the top of my knee.
  7. I’m so happy that my friend Susie has a beautiful new healthy baby boy!
  8. I’m grateful that my body responds to Prednisone.
  9. I feel so happy to have a doctor that cares about my health and is honest and kind with her advice.
  10. I am grateful to live in Australia and have access to a variety of treatment options.
  11. I am grateful that the bruise on my arm has only come up half the size I expected.

Ok, so that was 11! See how easy it is once you get on a roll…

This is nothing groundbreaking.  Gratitude has been always been seen as a way to get your mood back on track. This article is simply a reminder.  And I think we all need reminding every now and again.

It is easy to get carried away with the negative aspects of a Chronic illness.

This week, try and fight it – with a bit of love and thanks.

 

What Not to Say to Women with a High Risk Pregnancy

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“Just relax OR If it’s meant to be then it’s meant to be OR The baby will decide when it’s ready to come.”

Telling someone to relax, not only does not help them relax, but it also trivialises their stress and worry. Instead of simply dismissing the stress of a high-risk pregnancy by distracting your friend or telling her to get over it. Instead, ask her if she would like to talk about it, tell her you understand how stressful it must be, and that she is justified to worry.

Tell her that you hear her concerns and think they are valid… Then try and help her relax by actually doing something relaxing with her, not just telling her to relax and then leaving.

“Oh, Yes, I know, pregnancy is such a worry.  I remember when we were having our last baby and we couldn’t get in to see the natural therapy hypnobirthing class for three months!  It was so stressful!”

Um, not the same thing… Continue reading

Bellies, Babies and Bruises

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For Women Living With ITP,

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In 2009, Meg Brewster was given a copy of her family tree. Looking back through the generations, she wondered if the family tree would stop with her or would she be able to have a baby while living with ITP and APS?

Meg had heard the risks of bleeding, bruising and infertility involved in ITP and Pregnancy. But were they real? Had she only heard the horror stories. She wondered what it would actually be like to have a baby with ITP, and if it was going to be as complicated as everyone had led her to believe.

Seven years in the making, this is the story of an ITP pregnancy; Including research and interviews with other women about their ITP pregnancies.

BELLIES BABIES AND BRUISES was inspired by Meg’s personal journey with ITP and APS while pregnant. ITP is an autoimmune disorder that causes bleeding and clotting problems in its patients. APS is a clotting disorder that is commonly associated with ITP and low platelet counts.

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About the Author, Meg Brewster

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In 2012, Meg set up ITPANDME. It’s now one of the largest ITP blogs in the world. Meg loves writing about ITP, hearing other women’s stories and helping women with ITP connect.

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Praise for How to Heal a Bruise

The book includes lots of ITP information such as, the science, history, tips and guides, alongside strong emotional support. It is now my own ITP Bible! I could not recommend it more highly! FULL REVIEW HERE from Katie Meloy

Beyond being a book documenting scientific and medical information, is the personal experience of Megan Brewster after seven years of living with this blood disorder…I couldn’t stop reading.  FULL REVIEW HERE from Laura

‘My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be just what we are looking for.’ Andy USA

‘Thank you for your thoughts…they’ve helped me with finding perspective in our reality.’ Jenny Australia

‘Love the way you write…you made me chuckle.’ Bron Australia

‘Thank you for writing this, it will surely help the newbies.’ Padma, India

Features

  • Stories of pregnancy from women with ITP.
  • Meg’s personal journey with ITP and Pregnancy
  • Information about natural and caesarean births.
  • Information for breastfeeding mothers with ITP.

Bellies Babies and Bruises: An ITP Book for Women and Babies

Understanding your Spleen

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For many people with ITP, their spleen is to blame. The spleen plays an important function in the immune system, so when the spleen is misbehaving, it plays an important role in autoimmune disorders.

The human spleen is similar in structure to a lymph node and functions primarily as a filter of blood. It is also responsible for initiating immune reactions to blood-borne antigens. The spleen is on of the immune organs what tells the immune system to start fighting.

There are a number of reasons why people have ITP. It might be that the body does not produce enough platelets. For other’s their body kills off platelets as they are made. This is the spleen’s doing!

Splenectomies are still used as a treatment for ITP. A splenectomy

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Get a better understanding of what it actually does, to help inform your decision to have it removed. I used to now really understand and thought – just take it out already.  But I’m so glad my doctors didn’t listen to me – and I am so glad I have it.  It’s more complicated than you think.

When the spleen is removed, the body’s immune system is compromised and is can develop a susceptibility to certain illnesses. When I was first diagnosed, I told my haematologist to just ‘Take it out!” It doesn’t work like that.

Firstly, a splenectomy will only successfully treat ITP if the spleen is to blame for the platelet destruction.

Secondly, even if the splenectomy is successful, there is always a chance that the spleen will grow back and the ITP will return.  A study was done on 114 patients whose splenectomies failed and who required additional therapy.

A study was done on 114 patients whose splenectomies failed and who required additional therapy. The study showed that if the operation was likely to fail, it would be evident within the first year of the surgery (A couple of people’s splenectomy treatment did fail later).

PDSA – their page on splenectomy – https://www.pdsa.org/treatments/conventional/splenectomy.html

Splenectomy – pregnancy and not having a spleen – there is a little quote about the complications.

Guide to ITP people – http://guide2itp.com/truth-about-splenectomy

Just one more thing about ITP, it works for some people but not everyone. Everyone is different and ITP is unpredictable. I’m getting really sick of hearing this!

Further Reading

Long-term OUTCOMES IN ADULTS with chronic ITP after splenectomy failure