Originally Posted by acrathbun
perhaps ask your care provider to check your platelets?
You could also have a mild bleeding disorder (like von Willebrands disease - somewhere around 1% of the population has it) but the tests for it would most likely be skewed by your pregnancy.
I've been doing a lot of research on VWD, since I recently found out it runs in both my and dh's families (yikes! I couldn't be tested b/c I'm both pg and nursing, but dh and ds2 both have type 1. I really hope I'm not also a carrier, b/c then this baby would have a risk of having type3, which is really really bad!).
Anyway, it couldn't be VWD b/c when you're pregnant and nursing, your body releases stored of VWF so you levels are the same as somebody w/out the disease. The tests wouldn't just be skewed, they'd come back negative. Just an FYI. So VWD type 1 would not cause bleeding episodes or bruising during pregnancy or the first few months of nursing, if not longer.
Most likely you're anemic. Have you had your iron checked lately? Iron tends to go down in the second half of pregnancy as your blood volume greatly increases. Docs and midwives usuallt check it at week 28, but you can ask to have it checked earlier if you're concerned.
If you are anemic, forget those prescription or otc iron supplements. Go to a health foods store and buy Hema-Plex. I've had anemia problems off and on all my life and have never had a supplement work as well or as fast as this stuff. My iron went from 10 to 12.6 in less than 2 weeks of taking it!
My mw also recommends taking chlorophyll to help w/ iron absorption. No one know if this is really true or not, but the structure of chlorophyll is very similar to the structure of heme in hemoglobin, so it's possible it's easily converted.