As you know, we are expecting our 2nd child this May and could not be more excited and ready! Well, at my 35 week appointment my midwife noticed my platelet count had been dropping pretty low. They were at a 107 and normal levels are above 150. I was told if they drop below 100, steroids would be needed to raise them or the anesthesiologist wouldn’t give me an epidural. I’m opting out of the epidural this pregnancy but for precautionary measures they have to keep my levels above 100. So, my midwife told me to eat grapefruit. I also did some research myself and these are the foods I have been eating to help raise my platelet count.
Since the midwife recommended grapefruit, I bought a bag from Aldi and tried to have one every day. Grapefruit is okay and all, but definitely not one of my favorite fruits so I ended up only having one 4 out of 7 days. But my platelet levels did rise from 107 to 111 at my 36 week appointment! Not much, but still progress.
When I made our shopping list for the next week, I researched what other foods could help raise platelet count, and found that Vitamin K could help. So I picked up a mixed greens salad (kale, chard, spinach, and arugula), sounds delicious, right? It wasn’t too bad, but I’m pretty sure chard tastes just like it sounds.
The next vitamin K food I got was broccoli. Can’t go wrong with that, and my 4 year old just happens to love it too! Well, when it’s cooked any way, so we had steamed broccoli with mixed veggies as a side with dinner a few nights out of the week.
Lastly, I got a bag of asparagus. Gotta love the leafy greens full of Vitamin K! When tossed in a little olive oil and lemon pepper, baked in the oven for about 30 minutes, it’s a pretty good snack or dinner side. On top of my vitamin K foods, I still had a couple grapefruit this week.
Had my labs done yesterday at 37w4d and my platelet count raised again from 111 to 121!!! Something is working! Apparently, low platelet count can be a sign of preeclampsia so they have had me doing labs and non stress tests before every appointment to keep an eye on things. I’m so thankful that my levels have been on the rise and baby is looking perfect, with no other signs of preeclampsia! Not sure if these foods are the reason why my platelet count is going up, but I will continue to eat them until it’s time for delivery. I’m really not wanting any steroids so keep your fingers crossed that my levels keep rising until my induction date of May 3rd!
I will go ahead and mention that in my research of foods to eat, I also came across some foods to stay away from. Basically all junk food with no nutritional value. But, this third trimester has had me craving all the cookies. I’ve been eating a whole package of Chips Ahoy by myself every week and I guess that needs to stop, so cookies did not make our grocery list this week 😭 That lasted about 2 days before I had my husband go to chicken express and get me their bakers dozen box of chocolate chip cookies 🤷♀️ what can I say, a pregnant lady needs her dessert! I’ll eat some extra chard if I need to, but I can’t give up my cookies!
If you are looking for ways to raise your platelet count and you give these foods a try, let me know how it worked for you!
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