In the bone marrow, platelets are formed where they undergo production and maturation process with the help of natural body substances. However, when the woman gets pregnant, one’s medical condition causes a drop in one’s platelet level. Further discussion regarding this topic can be read at .

You must surely go frantic with the sight of a horrible gushing of blood from your gums, nose and other cavities of your body. But if your platelet count is very low, this can possibly happen. Hence, don’t wait for the platelet count to really drop very low. You need to do something to stop it from happening.

When you are pregnant, 3 things can cause the drop in your platelet count. Among these are the reductions in platelet production, sequestration and increased platelet destruction.

Other reasons resulting in low platelet counts are the following:

Eclampsia and Pre-eclampsia

When the pregnant woman is pre-eclamptic, she becomes hypertensive. This predisposes her to damage of internal organs, bother hers and the fetus. But once she has eclampsia, her blood pressure is very high and the organ damage is apparent with accompanying seizures. Both conditions are serious which need urgent medical intervention. However, these conditions can be identified even in one’s early prenatal check-up where routine blood pressure check is done.

HELLP syndrome

Once pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are advanced, it becomes HELLP syndrome. This can damage one’s liver, causing a spike of liver enzymes circulating in the blood. Once the liver is damaged its cells containing enzymes also die. And this is the reason why they are excreted into the bloodstream in large amount. This can also lead to low platelets since the liver has a significant role in platelet production. With a malfunctioned liver, erythropoietin can’t be produced and the bone marrow won’t be stimulated to produce RBC.

Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia

Anyone can experience common cold. However, it this was caused by streptococcus and not treated properly. It can develop to valvular heart disease. And such can cause the formation of blood clots in one’s body. To prevent abnormal blood clot formation, the person is given heparin. However, it was already established that the same treatment can cause thrombocytopenia. Pregnant women are prone to blood clot formation. Hence, they are given heparin. But this also predisposes them to low platelet problems. Once platelet is taken by the body, it causes the production of antibodies that affect platelet activation. This results in the misbehavior of platelets causing adhesion and aggregation leading to greater platelet consumption and lowering their count.

ITP or Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Such medical disorder is immune-mediated leading to a reduction of platelet production in the body. This causes platelet destruction and can be classified as primary or secondary. If the exact cause for this condition is not known, it is classified Idiopathic or Primary Thrombocytopenia Purpura. However, if the cause is known such as Hepatitis C or SLE, it is called Secondary Thrombocytopenic Purpura.

Apart from the medical conditions above that can cause low platelet count, there are other medical conditions that trigger such condition. Remember that low platelet count in pregnancy rarely happens. Hence, there is no reason for any pregnant woman to worry about one’s condition.