Mandy Moore will have to ‘grow’ without an epidural while giving birth to her second child due to an autoimmune disease.
“My platelets are too low for an epidural,” the 38-year-old actress told TODAY Parents on Friday, revealing she has 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 meds were an option – the idea of them being on the table is so nice. But we’re just going to move forward 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 an “increased risk of heavy bleeding during childbirth”.
In June, the ‘This Is Us’ actress revealed that she and hubby Taylor Goldsmith would become parents again this fall.
“An incredibly seminal chapter of my life has just come to a close,” the actress wrote via Instagram, referring to the NBC show’s May finale after six seasons.
“The next one, as a mother of two, is about to begin…and are we still so deeply grateful and excited,” Moore continued. “Baby Boy Goldsmith #2 is coming this fall! The tour is going to be slightly different from what I expected, but I can’t wait.
This isn’t the first complication Moore has faced in her second pregnancy.
Last month, she had to cancel the rest of her In Real Life tour after struggling to balance her life on the road while pregnant.
“When we booked these shows I was not pregnant and although I really thought I could manage, the way we travel (long hours on the bus and not enough rest) has caught up, made some havoc and made it feel too hard to continue,” she wrote on Instagram. “I know I have to put my family and my health (and my baby’s health) first and the best place for me right now is at home.”
As Moore – who married Goldsmith, 36, in 2018 – broke the news with a “heavy heart”, she assured fans they would get a full refund for the canceled tour dates.
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