Despite its intimidating name, thrombocytopenia can affect pregnant people and non-pregnant people alike and has only a few implications for pregnancies with additional risk factors for things like post-partum hemorrhage and excessive bleeding. Many people safely deliver even with low platelet counts, even though about 5% of people who deliver healthy babies may have thrombocytopenia.
What is Thrombocytopenia? Thrombocytopenia is a deficiency of platelets in the blood, defined when the platelet count is less than 150,000. This deficiency occurs in approximately 5 percent of normal pregnancies. Thrombocytopenia may lead to increased bleeding, bruising, or abnormal blood clotting. What causes Thrombocytopenia? The most common causes of thrombocytopenia are lab error (due