Mandy Moore will have unmedicated birth due to rare blood disorder
Mandy Moore will have to “push forth” without an epidural while giving birth to her second child due to an autoimmune disorder.
“My platelets are too low for an epidural,” the actress, 38, told TODAY Parents on Friday, revealing that she suffers from immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
Moore – who also gave birth to her 17-month-old son, Gus, without an epidural – described her first labor as “awful.”
“But I can do it one more time. I can climb that mountain again,” she told the outlet. “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.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, ITP occurs when the immune system “attacks and destroys platelets.” If not taken seriously during pregnancy, it could lead to a “greater risk of heavy bleeding during delivery.”
In June, the “This Is Us” actress revealed she and her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, are set to become parents again this fall.
“One incredibly seminal chapter of my life just ended,” the actress wrote via Instagram, referencing the NBC show’s May finale after six seasons.
“The next one, as a mother of two, is about to start … and are we ever so deeply grateful and excited,” Moore went on. “Baby Boy Goldsmith #2 coming this fall! Tour is gonna be slightly different than I expected but I can’t wait.”
This isn’t the first complication Moore has faced during her second pregnancy.
Last month, she had to cancel the rest of her In Real Life Tour after struggling to balance life on the road while pregnant.
“When we booked these shows, I wasn’t pregnant and although I truly thought I could power through, the way we are traveling (long hours on the bus and not getting proper rest) has caught up, taken its toll, and made it feel too challenging to proceed,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”
While Moore – who married Goldsmith, 36, in 2018 – announced the news with a “heavy heart,” she assured fans they would be getting a full refund for the canceled tour dates.
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