Increase your Platelet count during pregnancy

ITP Pregnancy, gestational thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia during pregnancy, breastfeeding with ITP, birth with ITP, ITP birth plan, low platelet pregnancy

Feature image from VERYWELL

Having a lower platelet count during pregnancy is nothing to worry about, it kind of happens to everyone.

It is natural for a woman’s platelet count to drop during pregnancy.  Gestational thrombocytopenia usually develops in the third trimester and is not known to have any harmful effects on your baby. In fact, once you deliver, your platelets will get back to their normal count.

  • Although experts do not have the exact reason, but low platelet count is said to be a side effect of pregnancy.
  • If you have found out in your reports that your blood platelet count is low, you will need to make a report of this and inform your gynecologist.

Wheatgrass

In fact, it can produce significant increases in hemoglobin, red blood cell, total white blood cell and differential white blood cell counts. This happens because wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll with a molecular structure almost identical to the hemoglobin molecule in human blood.

Simply drink ½ cup of wheatgrass juice mixed with a little lemon juice daily.  TEN HOME REMEDIES

Spinach 

Spinach is a good source of vitamin K which is often used to help treat low platelet disorder. Vitamin K is required for proper blood clotting. Thus, it reduces the risk of excessive bleeding.

Vitamin C

To increase your platelet count, you need to increase your intake of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. A study published in 1990 in the Japanese Journal of Hematology stated that vitamin C improves platelet count.

Being a powerful antioxidant, high doses of vitamin C also prevent free-radical mediated damage of the platelets. Your body requires 400 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C per day, depending on your age and overall health.

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that all pregnant women should supplement with. Zinc deficiencies have been linked to fetal abnormalities and birth deformities. Zinc deficiencies have also been linked with low platelet counts, and zinc supplementation causes a dramatic rise in platelet aggregation. Reference the zinc article for information about the quality considerations of different zinc supplements.

Exercise

Healthiness – Lots and lots of healthiness.

 

ITP Pregnancy, The Birth

DSC_0584

 Feature image from ITP&ME

In the first few days after my son was born, I couldn’t shake this feeling that I had let him down in some way.  I kept thinking there must have been something I could have done better, some sign I could have noticed earlier, another hour bouncing on the fit ball, or another 20 minutes inverted off the couch, that might have made his entry into the world a little calmer, happier and healthier.  

In the first weeks, I slept terribly.  I was happy, don’t get me wrong.  I was having the most wonderful time during the day and into the night with him.  But just in those moments right before I drifted off to sleep, I would replay the birth in my mind, looking at all the little moments I should have done something differently.

Don’t worry.  My feelings about of the birth have changed a lot since then.  

The more information I have and the more I come to understand the events, the prouder I am about how everything happened.  As I learn about footling breech births, remember more and more, and as I speak to other women about their birth stories, I’m starting to consider the whole thing an incredible fucking success.  

I am glad I waited a little while before writing this.  Had I written this article earlier, it may have sounded like a completely different story.  So here it is… The story of our ITP Baby.  

(In saying that, I don’t believe it is possible to ever really tell your birthing story.  There is no way to sum it all up or convey everything that happened.  When I talk about the birth of our son with others, I find my words falling so short of the mark; such a blunt instrument to play such a complex sound.)

The birth of my son was a triumph over the medical profession’s interpretation of a high-risk pregnancy.  It is considered legendary among midwives and doctors.  It was beautiful.  But it was nothing like the sacred feminine worship, I was lead to believe birth was (could be).   Continue reading

The Third Trimester of an ITP Pregnancy

ITP Pregnancy, gestational thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia during pregnancy, breastfeeding with ITP, birth with ITP, ITP birth plan, low platelet pregnancy

Feature image from PREGART

Read about the 1st TRIMESTER and 2nd TRIMESTER here.

Yes, if you haven’t heard, we are having an ITP baby and are already in the third trimester.  Yay!  Our focus is finally turning towards labor and birth which is very exciting.

Doctors – ITP Pregnancy, gestational thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia during pregnancy, breastfeeding with ITP, birth with ITP, ITP birth plan, low platelet pregnancyI am seeing doctors at the hospital every two weeks (Every other week at my GP) at the moment with ultrasounds every third to check baby growth and wellbeing.

The baby doctors are very different to what I expected.  There seems to be a myth going around the obstetricians are evil old men who treat women like dairy cattle, but I have yet to see that.  Our baby doctors are both hilarious women and young positive men.

We have not come across any evil maniac OB’s who want to induce us at the drop of a hat and have scheduled c-sections so they can spend all weekend playing golf.  No one has rolled their eyes at us when we mention delayed cord cutting, minimal monitoring, calm birthing and setting the mood. Continue reading

Raspberry Leaf Tea during Pregnancy

raspberry leaf tea, pregnancy ITP raspberry leaf, pasberry leaf, ITP Pregnancy, gestational thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia during pregnancy, breastfeeding with ITP,

Feature image from HEAVENINAWILDFLOWER

There is not a lot that I can really say about the benefits of Raspberry leaf tea for women, especially during pregnancy.

It is an old wives tale, an untested herbal remedy, a myth, a story pregnant women tell each other, a common tonic discussed between midwives.  There is no scientific or medical research to claim that Raspberry leaf tea does anything for a pregnant woman’s uterus.

And yet…

Everybody raves about it… including me.

Everyone who has taken it mentioned positive birth experiences and quick healing after labor.

I’ve been drinking raspberry leaf tea since week 20 of this pregnancy.  A friend told me about it, and then a midwife, and then another friend mentioned it.  Yesterday a pregnant friend told me about raspberry leaf capsules.  When I walked into DR EARTH the other day they had run out of raspberry leaf tea, “Too many pregnant woman around at the moment,” the shop assistant remarked.  “They can’t get enough of it.”

My mum grows raspberries in her garden.  I’ve been lucky to have a free source of organic, locally grown fresh raspberry leaves at my fingertips.  I have just recently run out and have been wondering the streets looking for somewhere to buy it in Sydney.  Mum if you’re reading this… I need more!! X

So what is so great about these leaves?

Raspberry Leaves

Are naturally high in

  • magnesium,
  • potassium,
  • iron
  • b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep during pregnancy. The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system.
  • vitamins E, A, and some B complex, as well as essential minerals such as
  • phosphorus,
  • zinc,
  • and an easily absorbable form of calcium, making it a wonderfully nutritive plant.

Many websites state that Raspberry leaf tea is high in Vitamin C also, however, I am pretty sure vitamin c is sensitive to heat and cooking, so I’m doubtful that boiling water is the best way to get vitamin c into your body.  Perhaps if you ate the leaves straight off the bush?

In a single STUDY I found, conducted at Westmead Hospital in 1998, raspberry leaf turned up some great results.  Of 108 pregnant women, those who took raspberry leaf during their pregnancy were more likely to have a shortened labour.

“An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.”

I will let you know how it works for me after the birth… At the moment I am opening to trying everything and anything to make sure this goes as well as I am imagining it can.

Try adding a little peppermint tea, fresh ginger and a hint of lemon to make sure you don’t get too bored with the taste.

If you are not lucky enough to have a mother that is an amateur raspberry farmer, check out Earth Mama Angel Baby ORGANIC THIRD TRIMESTER raspberry leaf tea or WOMAN’S RASPBERRY LEAF TEA by Yogi teas.

A Journey of Clexane Injections

ITP Pregnancy, gestational thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia during pregnancy, breastfeeding with ITP, birth with ITP, ITP birth plan, low platelet pregnancy, Clexane injections

Feature image from MOTHEROFMAGIC

Clexane, also known as Lovenox and Xaparin, is made of Enoxaparin Sodium.  It is an anticoagulant used to treat blood clots, blood disorders, thrombosis and to treat Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (Hughes Syndrome).  Blood clots are a common cause of pregnancy loss.

Clexane is a daily injection used to break down blood clots as they form in the blood.  After finding out I was pregnant again, I was so eager to get those injections into my belly that I never considered it might actually be suck!

The First Needle 

The first clexane injection always goes well.  Of course it does!  It’s administered by either a nurse, your GP or a very diligent partner who is being overlooked by a medical professional.  Mine was done by a nurse, and I barely felt a thing.  I didn’t even feel the needle.  I walked away feeling pretty damn good about myself.  

10 minutes later the heat started to rise under my skin, and I felt a burning in the muscle, like a bee sting.  It hurt!  It hurt a lot, deep under the skin, like poison.  (I’ve started calling this the ‘After Burn’).

I found it hard to explain the feeling, because while it was hurting a lot, I was fine at the same time. Continue reading

The Benefits of a High Risk Pregnancy

benefits of high risk pregnancy, itp pregnancy, aps pregnancy, hughes syndrome pregnancy, pregnant low platelets, itp baby, low platelet baby

Feature image from MARJORIE JONES

Being labeled a high-risk pregnancy is unfortunate, to say the least.  It is a label that changes your pregnancy.  It alters you choices and removes a lot of options.  High-risk pregnancies are not allowed in the Birthing Centres (in Australia) and will struggle to find a midwife willing to support a home birth.

Walking through the Medical Obstetric Clinic at my hospital I saw a blue photocopied sign advertising free pregnancy yoga for all patients; Low-risk Pregnancies only.  I cursed whoever stuck up that sign, where no low-risk women would ever walk.

But there are some positives.  And since I’ve decide to put a great deal of energy into focusing on the positives, I thought I should share.

Don’t think for one second I am in the smug position of coming out of a high-risk pregnancy with everything being perfectly alright – I’m not.  I’m in it right now.  I’m just at week 17.  Current.  I don’t know what’s going to happen.  I’m not even positive that at the end of this we will have a baby (mostly I’m sure I will, but the doubt still wells up inside).

So, with that in mind, let’s look at what’s good. Continue reading