My Child Raising Years
When beginning our family I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) a hormal imbalance that affects about 6-15% of women. The result of the disorder makes it ifficult to conceive, and PCOS is the most common cause of infertility. Kyle was my first baby, and it took a lot to conceive him. I had dieted, adopted a Diabetic diet ,took Metformin, though I as not diabetic my doctors said it would help. That plus fertility Gonadotropins shots did help.
I had a fairly event free pregnancy, and continued working full time with my Type A personality.. My son was so eager to begin his life, he came premature, at 5 weeks early. I was shocked, and delighted with how easy our delivery was, despite never getting to finish more than 1 day, of the month long series of “how to have a baby” classes. Almost 13% of PCOS women have premature babies compared to women without PCOS.
More information about what PCOS is and could do would have been useful even if I was not trying to begin our family Diet, exercise, and stress are primary factors to whether you develop PCOS or not. However it wasn’t expressed as a precaution or problem I needed to worry about because my blood sugar trended mostly normal. A fact I came to know after losing my second baby, Alexandria within the first trimester that 30% to 50% of women with PCOS suffer miscarriages. Now this PCOS issue had my attention. It was impacting my family. I had to wait for a year to conceive again. People always liked to comfort you with “oh you can try again, as if a replacement baby will ease the heartache and loss.
I lost 10% of my body fat through diet and exercise when I conceived my daughter. I ate a very healthy Pregnancy Diabetic style diet. I supplemented with Bio-Identical USP Progesterone 3000mg Cream once a day in the evening, however, I would also carry it in my purse to work, and use it when I was feeling nausea or morning sickness. It felt like this could offer a gentle calming restorative balance. I was always worried after losing my last daughter to miscarriage, this pregnancy was one I tried to do everything right to make it happen.
Definition and symtpoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS) is the source of many unkind and unpleasant symptoms for women. PCOS happens as a result of an extended duration of insulin levels being too high. In women, these extended high insulin levels trigger the production of excess androgen hormones with elevated testosterone and DHT levels, which halting fertility and causing many women to suffer a host of symptoms:
- painful and often heavy menstrual cycle irregularity
- excess hair growth on the face, chest, and back
- thinning hair or hair loss from the scalp
- mood swings
- loss of sex drive
Treatment for PCOS
PCOS seems to only be raised if you are trying to get pregnant, which for symptomatic women is a disservice to all women. If I had know the real relationship between prediabetes and PCOS earlier, I surely would have adjusted for reasons other than trying to conceive.
Weight loss. If you’re overweight, weight loss can help with ovulation. Losing just 10 to 15 pounds can help to regulate the body weight. If that is unsuccessful medication. In my case weight loss did nothing,
Medication most doctors suggest. I really think more should also be discussed about nutritional balance as it is a weight thing, but it also is a sugar and blood sugar thing.
When you are not trying to conceive or need to regulate your cycles , birth control was prescribed. I never found a birth control that I could stay on to regulate my cycles, I simply could not tolerate the side affects, mood swings, anxiety, and much wores, I simply could not tolerate. I have heard the quality of birth control is much approved in the past decades to actually support a woman’s hormone balance and well being.
Diet that helps PCOS
- Minimal sugar and carbohydrate intake (sugary sweets, breads, and pastas)
- Focus on serving high-fiber, low-carbohydrate vegetables with each meal
- Eat enough calories to achieve your ideal weight
Lifestyle changes that helps PCOS
MyFitnessPal is a free app that lets you track lifestyle, diet and fitness
- Reduce and manage stress
- Add meditation and breathing to calm the system
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep a day
Products For PCOS
Books and References for PCOS