Mandy Moore recently revealed how she’ll have to give birth without pain medication due to a rare autoimmune blood disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
Moore is expecting her second child with her husband Taylor Goldsmith, 36.
Actress Mandy Moore Reveals She Prepared After Rare Disorder Forces Her to Give Birth Without an Epidural
“My platelets are too low for an epidural,” Moore, 38, told the outlet. She said had to take the same precaution when she gave birth to her son August “Gus” Goldsmith, who is now 17 months old.
“It was awful. But I can do it one more time. I can climb that mountain again,” Moore continued, reflecting on her first birth experience.
“I wish medication was an option — just the idea of it being on the table is so nice. But we’ll just push forth like we did last time.”
Moore is taking extra care of herself during her second pregnancy.
In June, she canceled the remainder of her “In Real Life” tour, telling her followers that she wasn’t pregnant when the dates were initially booked.
She revealed how traveling on tour while pregnant had “taken its toll” on her.
“I know that I have to put my family and my health (and the health of my baby) first and the best place for me to be right now is at home,” Moore’s statement continued.
This past Thursday, Moore updated her followers on her condition in a now-expired Instagram Story. “I am fine. I just have to continue to get my blood checked — my platelet levels checked — throughout pregnancy,” she shared in her stories, according to “Today.”
She continued, “They’re low, but they’ve always been low. But I’m all good. Everything’s good.”
The Platelet Disorder Support Association reported that only about 50000 people in the US are “currently living” with ITP. Worldwide, the Rare Disease Database estimated that “well over 200,000 people” are “affected by ITP.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, the autoimmune disorder is “more common among young women.”
The platelets are cells that help stop bleeding, they can result in “excessive bruising and bleeding,” per the Mayo Clinic. Low platelet levels usually occur because the “immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys platelets,” according to the Mayo Clinic. ITP can also be “triggered” by infections like HIV and hepatitis in adults, while kids may experience a viral illness such as the flu, per the Mayo Clinic.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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