Pregnant Mandy Moore explains why epidurals are not an option

Pregnant Mandy Moore explains why epidurals are not an option

Mandy Moore says she wants pain medication to be an option for her during childbirth. Photo / Getty Images

Mandy Moore admits that having an unmedicated delivery is a difficult “mountain to climb” – but she can do it “one more time”.

The This Is Us star – who has 17-month-old Gus with Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith – is expecting her second with the musician and will once again go through childbirth without an epidural due to her autoimmune disorder, immune thrombocytopenic purpura. , which causes abnormally low levels of platelets (blood cells that control bleeding) due to excessive bleeding.

She told TODAY Parents: “My platelets are too low for an epidural.

“It was awful. But I can do it one more time. I can climb that mountain again.”

She continued, “I wish medication were an option – just the idea of ​​being on the table is so good. But let’s carry on like we did last time.”

In an update to fans on Instagram, the 38-year-old actress revealed she is “fine” but her platelets are “low”.

She said: “I’m fine. I just have to keep getting blood tests – my platelet levels checked – during pregnancy. They’re low, but they’ve always been low.

“But I’m fine. It’s fine.”

Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith are expecting their second child together.  Photo / Getty Images
Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith are expecting their second child together. Photo / Getty Images

Mandy recently canceled the rest of her tour after becoming “physically exhausted”.

She said, “It was really physically exhausting to the point where I was like, ‘I have to draw the line’ and really trust my gut and give myself a little grace and recognize that I can’t do it all. so magical in the sense that you are in a new city everyday and [Gus] met new people every day, and it was an amazing life experience that he will never remember, but we will. I think it was very important, and will be very important, part of his young life.”

Hitmaker Candy explained that she needed a “different kind of stamina” to tour and ultimately decided to take a break to focus on “the hardest work ever”.

She said, “It’s really different being on a movie set than being on a tour bus.

“It’s a different kind of resistance. So I was like, ‘You know what? We’ll definitely come back and do it again when I don’t have a baby in my belly. I was also like, ‘You know what?’ take a little break.”

“I worked really hard for six years and felt like the train was constantly moving, because even though we had little breaks between seasons, you’re still like, ‘Okay, well, what’s next?’ Or, ‘What can I do during downtime?’ and just keeping us constantly busy, which is fantastic.

“I feel like this is the first time in a few years that I’ve really enjoyed, ‘Whoo, turn it off for a bit’ and just being a mom – that’s the hardest job ever!'”

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