Hello. Looking for some midwifery knowlege here, or, as always, experience from mommies who might know what to do.
I have a friend who is 6 months pregnant. She discovered after her first pregnancy that her platelets take huge nosedives sometimes. She was diagnosed with ITP(or idopathic thrombocytopenia) where basically her body produces antibodies to her own platelets, and at times of high stress or illness (like a cold) they go down to lets say 80 and then rise again to a fairly normal number. The doctors tell her it is not related to pregnancy...something she's had all along but just didn't know it.
Question is, is there anything she can do to help her body build platelets better? She's currently pregnant with her fourth baby. She can't do steroids, and a transfusion if they go really low is like a bandaid for a day or so, basically, because her body will just start attacking those platelets too. So is there something she can do to specifically help build platelets or down-regulate her immunity naturally (even that seems like it would be tricky during pregnancy). They're currently checking her blood weekly to make sure the platelets aren't going too low.
She's under the care of a great doctor/midwife team and births naturally at a natural birth and water-birth friendly hospital, so she's in good hands, but I got really curious when she was talking about this and wondered if there were any midwifery strategies anyone could offer.
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