Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) | Complications

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What about ITP in pregnant women?

Many of the medicines used to treat ITP should not be taken by women who are pregnant. Talk to your doctor if you are taking medicine and want to become pregnant.

Diagnosing ITP during pregnancy can be difficult, because platelet counts may be low for other reasons. About 5% of women have mildly low platelet counts at the end of a normal pregnancy. The cause of this is unknown. The platelet count goes back to normal right after delivery.

A baby born to a mother who has ITP may have a low blood platelet count a few days to a few weeks after birth. These babies are usually kept in the hospital for several days for observation (watching to make sure they are okay) before they go can home. If the baby's platelet count is very low, treatment is available to speed recovery.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00

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