Low Platelets Count During Delivery

Submitted by Nick on January 19, 2012

Being pregnant is one of the greatest joys a woman can experience. As your pregnancy progresses, there is a lot of care taken to ensure that all goes well and that the fragile embryo is kept safe from any harm. However, not all pregnancies are as simple as they appear to be. There are a number of complications that can arise at any time and more so during the delivery. Another major complication is the occurrence of low platelets during delivery. Women who are troubled by a low platelet in pregnancy or during the delivery are more susceptible to face problems with incessant bleeding.


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The platelets count in the body must be maintained in order to prevent loss of blood through such incessant bleeding, especially after a procedure such as a normal delivery or a caesarean section. Thrombocytopenia during delivery can cause a number of extensive problems not only for the mother, but also for the child she has just delivered. Thrombocytopenia, or the occurrence of low platelets, requires the affected person to be placed on medication in order to stop the bleeding.

Mothers who have just given birth may not be allowed to breast feed their babies because of the strong medication that has been administered. Immediately after a pregnancy that is either conducted through the natural birth process, or through a c section, the body has to be able to cause the clotting of blood, failing which there is the fear of the patient bleeding to death.

There are a number of foods that can help with increasing the platelet count in the body. Consuming dry fruits such as dates and nuts are known to be very beneficial in increasing the platelet count of a person. A low platelet count during delivery needs to be monitored carefully, as does the health of the expectant mother, both, during and after the process of childbirth. During a pregnancy, and if you have a history of low platelet counts, it is advisable that you refrain from the consumption of foods such as wafers, cookies, and beverages like tea and coffee. These foods are known to further complicate problems with low counts of platelets and are best avoided. Similarly, foods that contain sugars and aerated beverages are also to be avoided in order to assist with increasing the number of platelets in the blood. Eating healthy foods at all times during you pregnancy, will not only help you, but will also ensure that your baby gets the proper nourishment for development.

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