ITP (Idiothrombocytopenia) During Pregnancy

My daughter was born eight weeks early because I had ITP (idiothrombocytopenia) and severe preeclampsia. I also developed high blood pressure in the 32nd week of pregnancy. What are the chances of this happening again during pregnancy?

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The incidence of preeclampsia is reported to be about five percent. In one study of 50,000 women, about 70 percent were first-time pregnancies. Less than one third of this population of multiparas (more than one pregnancy) developed the disease.

ITP is a disorder to the blood-clotting mechanisms that occurs in relation to preeclampsia, infection and hemorrhage, among other complications. It is characterized by a low platelet count, causing risk of bleeding. Most cases are acute (such as sudden onset in pregnancy), but some can be chronic. Pregnancy may cause a relapse in those with chronic disease. However, if the ITP was due to the pre-eclampsia and that does not recur with the next pregnancy, then chances that the ITP will not recur are very good.

I would recommend that you stick to a very healthful diet and get lots of exercise to minimize chances of hypertension developing in your next pregnancy and in later life.

Best of luck.

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