When the Docs Win Out

Natural remedies can work wonders but a time can come when medical intervention has to be taken. Which is why I’ve been a bit quiet… 

In 2007 I was diagnosed with a mild / uncommon autoimmune disease- Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia. Which means I have a low platelet count which can impact on the bloods ability to clot. I can bruise easily and it can make you feel tired because your immune system is being constantly challenged. The doctors told me there was nothing I could do about it, just take steroids if my platelet count becomes very low. I rarely get sick so just saw it as a flaw in my body. It had little impact on my life and as my platelet count stayed a consistent number, I went on as usual.

A low platelet count does have its impact on pregnancy though. Specifically in the birth process, if your blood does not clot effectively there could be implications. They also won’t administer an epidural if platelets are too low because it can increase the usual risks of epidurals. Towards the end of my pregnancy with Finlay my platelets were dropping so in the final 3 weeks steroids were prescribed to stabilise my platelet count.

Over the last 2 years I have learnt how my diet lead to me developing the autoimmune disease. Despite all my best efforts I am here again… last week (2 weeks before due date) my platelets had dropped by 20 which is fairly significant. So as much as I was trying to avoid it, I’m having to take steroids again. I guess this is just part of how my body deals with growing a baby- especially in these final weeks when their demands increase. At least this time around I can start taking better steps so that there isn’t as much damage done.

This means a step up in my diet, more probiotics and lots of bouncing on the fit ball in the hope baby comes early and means less time on the steroids😉 I’ll be eating mostly cooked vegetables and meats as this will be gentle on my digestive system. No grains and maintaining no refined sugar. I’ll still be including my daily green smoothie and fermented vegetables though for a bit of raw goodness.

One thing I’m excited to be adding back into my diet is my breakfast veggie bowl! When I was on GAPS I couldn’t eat meat for breakfast, it just doesn’t seem right! So here is something I made up and it actually tastes like breakfast- I think it’s because of the avo & basil but either way it is honestly really tasty! 

Breakfast Vege bowl (ingredients for one serve).

  • 1 carrot thinly sliced (I use the side of the cheese grater)
  • 1/3 zucchini thinly sliced
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • A few basil leaves shredded
  • ¼ to ½ avocado
  • 300 -400mls of chicken broth.


Bring broth to boil, add carrots and then bring back to a gentle simmer. Start timer for 12 minutes, then when timer gets to 3 minutes add the zucchini. Ensure pot stays at a gentle simmer rather than over cooking. When timer is finished take off the heat and add the spinach leaves, basil and avocado. Serve with a large teaspoon of ghee (or butter) and put the remaining broth in a cup for the yummiest of teas!

Staying positive and focused on being as healthy as possible… Only a few more days to go now 😊

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