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Pregnant Mandy Moore Will Have Unmedicated Birth Due to Rare Blood Disorder


Mandy Moore revealed that she will have an unmedicated birth when she welcomes her second baby this fall.


In a Today Parents interview published on Friday, the This Is Us star, 38, opened up about not being able to receive an epidural during childbirth due to an autoimmune disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

Moore and her husband Taylor Goldsmith are already parents to 17-month-old son Gus, whom she also delivered without medication due to the condition.


“My platelets are too low for an epidural,” Moore shared. “It was awful. But I can do it one more time. I can climb that mountain again.”


She continued, “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.”


On Thursday, the singer also shared a positive pregnancy update on Instagram.


“I am fine. I just have to continue to get my blood checked — my platelet levels checked — throughout pregnancy. They’re low, but they’ve always been low,” Moore said, per Today. “But I’m all good. Everything’s good.”


According to Mayo Clinic, the disorder can “lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. The bleeding results from unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help blood clot.”


Pregnant women who suffer from ITP are at a “greater risk of heavy bleeding during delivery,” according to the clinic.

In an interview with Today Parents earlier this month, Moore opened up about her decision to end her In Real Life tour early as she prepares to welcome her second baby.


“As it turns out, being on a set is worlds away from being on a tour bus. It was like trying to sleep on a wooden roller coaster,” Moore explained at the time.

“Gus would be standing up in his Pack N’ Play while the bus was shaking — and I was like, ‘No, no, no. We can’t do this anymore.’ ”


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