Pregnancy is a stage wherein a woman becomes vulnerable to so many illnesses. That is because every little thing that she has on her body is shared to the baby in the womb. Thus, she is not allowed to eat and drink certain products, consume certain medicines, be exposed to smoke, and a lot of other “don’ts”. Sometimes, this is frustrating for a woman but such will benefit both her and the baby.
One of the conditions that are common to pregnant women is having a low platelet count or thrombocytopenia. It is a situation wherein the blood cells that are responsible for blood clotting is below the normal range, which poses her at risk to bleeding tendencies. However, if the count is not too low or the condition is just mild, many doctors say that it is just physiological and will return to normal after childbirth. Hence, they only prescribe vitamins and minerals. At times, recommend food that helps boost the production of platelets.
Nonetheless, it is important that pregnant women become aware of the signs and symptoms of low platelet count that they should watch out for. As such, they can consult their doctor so that they can be diagnosed earlier and to know if the condition is physiological or pathological in nature. Since thrombocytopenia can lead to bleeding, some of the symptoms are related to bleeding.
Pregnant women who have the condition will sometimes notice that they have bruises or hematomas on their skin. These are the black, circular things on the skin that people usually have when they bump hard on items. However, for thrombocytopenia, women just have them without being exposed to any bumps or similar situations. Another thing that can signify that they may have low platelet is bleeding gums or nose. At times, there are also pregnant women who have a tinge of blood in their urine. Likewise, since GIT bleeding is common, they may have fissures or hemorrhoids.
If a pregnant woman experiences any of the above, she should immediately seek the advice of her OB or physician. The doctor will be assessing the client and will request a laboratory examination in order to determine the platelet count. Most of the time, the doctor will request for a CBC or complete blood count test. This procedure will include hemoglobin, hematocrit, and RBC and WBC count, aside from platelet count. At times, the doctor will just directly request for a platelet count.
The patient will then proceed to the laboratory and a certain amount of blood will be extracted from the arm or finger. After which, she will just wait for the result, which usually takes one or two hours. The doctor will then evaluate the laboratory report and will diagnose and manage the patient.
As a woman, you should be aware of how to know if your platelets are low while pregnant even if you regularly visit your doctor. That is because it will ensure that the situation will not get worse and management of the condition will be easier.