Some of the side effects you’ll experience during your pregnancy might surprise you. Of course, you’ve heard about the morning sickness and the outrageous cravings, but there are hundreds of changes happening in your body every day that can bring on even more issues and surprises. Sometimes, they’re clues that something more serious could be wrong. If you notice that you’re bruising more easily during your pregnancy, you should consider bringing it up to your doctor.

The occasional bruise is no reason to get worried, but if you’re getting black and blue after minor bangs and bumps it could mean that you have thrombocytopenia. The condition gives women a low platelet count in their blood, and less than 10% or pregnant women are diagnosed with it. Though you might not feel the effects of the condition in your everyday life, it could cause serious birth complications. When you have thrombocytopenia, your blood won’t clot as easily, which makes healing after labor more difficult. Women with thrombocytopenia should not have cesarean sections because the incision will not heal.

Many women notice that they bump into more things when they’re pregnant because they’re not used to their new center of gravity.

If you are bruising more easily during your pregnancy than you ever have before, you should mention it to your doctor or midwife. While platelet counts are a standard procedure and you’ll probably get multiple throughout your pregnancy, you should get checked right away if you have symptoms so that it can be monitored closely.

Your bruising could also be a harmless side effect caused by your increased blood volume, or even by your clumsiness that tends to increase during pregnancy. Many women notice that they bump into more things when they’re pregnant because they’re not used to their new center of gravity. If you are considerably clumsier, be extra careful not to fall during your pregnancy, as it could seriously injure your growing baby.

If you are bruising more easily now that you’re pregnant, it is not necessarily one of those simple and harmless side effects of the baby bump. Though it could be harmless, it’s important that you get your platelet count checked by your doctor. If the condition goes unnoticed, your doctor might recommend a cesarean section. There is no treatment for thrombocytopenia, but it’s important that your doctor knows you have it so that he doesn’t do anything to jeopardize your health unintentionally because of the condition.

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