Mandy Moore Reveals She Has Rare Blood Disorder

Actress Mandy Moore said she must have an “unmedicated birth” with her second child because she suffers from a rare blood disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura or ITP.

The star of the hit television series “This Is Us” was diagnosed with the condition characterized by an abnormally low blood platelet count after giving birth to her first child last year. The illness affects her blood’s ability to clot and prevents her from having epidural to ease labor pains.

“My platelets are too low for an epidural,” she said, according to Prevention, adding that giving birth the first time with son Gus was difficult. “But I can do it one more time. I can climb that mountain again.”

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