There aren't too many pregnancy posts since the new discussion boards have been set up, so I thought I would post in hopes of getting more pregnancy discussion going.
I have getting ready to deliver my 4th baby. We have a c-section scheduled for April 24th!!
I first found out I had low platelets late in labor with my first baby (around 50K). They jumped back up shortly after delivery (which ended up c-section with general anth.).
Baby number two we watched my counts and tried IVIG & steriods during the 3rd trimester when my counts started dropping a lot. Still the lowest count was only around 40K. The meds didn't seem to do much so they suggested another c-section with general anth. after a platelet transfusion.
Baby #3 we skipped the IVIG since it didn't seem to work the first time, is super expensive, and super time consuming (especially when there are two little ones at home to take care of). We still did the steriods at the end and a brave anth. gave me a spinal when my platelets took a sudden up turn on the day of my scheduled c-section (to 67K). I am convinced based on the results that prayer has been the most "effective" treatment for me so far.
We did have a miscarriage in March of 2009. It was very early in the pregnancy and my platelets were about 115K.
Now we are about to deliver! My most recent count was 77K!! I was excited about this count since I have graphed all of my pregnancy platelet counts and would have expected to be down to at least 65K by this time in the pregnancy. I would like to have a spinal again, but I don't know if my counts will be high enough. I think some anth. require a count of 100K and I certainly don't want to be too risky.
Best wishes to all of you pregnant with ITP!!