Mandy Moore's Rare Blood Disorder Means She'll Have An Unmedicated Birth

Alicia D'Aversa
 Mandy Moore attends the 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards Broadcast & Cableat The Beverly Hilton on August 13, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Mandy Moore knows the trails of childbirth as good as anyone. She'll be welcoming her second child this October, but unfortunately won't be able to receive an epidural during her delivery due to her blood disorder.

The This Is Us star opened up about her difficulties to Today Parents about being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder: immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

Mandy Moore has revealed that due to a rare autoimmune disorder, she won't be able to receive an epidural for her second delivery.

She has revealed to Today Parents that she has immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which decreases the number of platelets in the blood.

Due to her platelets being too low, she can't receive an epidural for her delivery.

In fact, she even revealed that she had to do the same with her son Gus. “It was awful. But I can do it one more time. I can climb that mountain again,” Moore said.

“I wish medication was an option — just the idea of it being on the table is so nice. But we’ll just push forth like we did last time.”

Mandy Moore showing off her dress at an award show
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Back in 2021, she told the Informed Pregnancy Podcast that she found out at the hospital that she couldn't get medication. Even though she was in so much pain, it was not considered as an option.

Her heart rate had begun to drop after three hours of trying to push, and so her doctor had to use a vacuum to help speed things along.

“It was, one second everything was fine and then the next second it was like, this is happening. And literally I pushed harder than I had. And it went from no baby to a full body out in seconds,” she said.

"My husband was crying."

Mandy Moore looking serious and nodding
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"I was like, this is not the way ... I didn’t even have a concept of — this is not the way I expected to feel. I just remember going, I’m so confused right now. And quickly that transitioned into being emotional too. And I just couldn’t believe that it was over because it happened so quickly.”

Her second son will come through a likely difficult journey as well, but Moore is making sure to let people know she's safe.

"Everything's good," she promised on Instagram. We hope she has a safe and healthy delivery!