Immune Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy


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In women who are pregnant and have ITP, the ITP usually doesn’t affect the baby. However, some babies may be born with or develop low platelet counts soon after birth.

The babies’ platelet counts almost always return to normal without any treatment. Treatment can speed up recovery in the babies whose platelet counts are very low.

Treatment for ITP during pregnancy depends on a woman’s platelet count. If treatment is needed, the doctor will take a close look at the possible effects of the treatment on the unborn baby.

Women who have mild cases of ITP usually can go through pregnancy without treatment. Pregnant women who have very low platelet counts or a lot of bleeding are more likely to have heavy bleeding during delivery or afterward. To prevent heavy bleeding, these women usually are treated.

Source: National Institutes of Health.