PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a common problem among woman that results in imbalanced hormones, thereby making it difficult to get pregnant. It causes irregular menstrual cycles and may cause small cysts on the ovaries (hence the name). However, early diagnosis and treatment can help manage or relieve the symptoms, as well as prevent long-term problems. We asked moms from the mom.life community if they had any tips for other moms with PCOS on getting pregnant, maintaining health, and more. Here is what they said!
Stay active, lose weight, and eat healthier.
“I was diagnosed with PCOS at 16 and at 33, I finally have a child. When I set out to finally have a baby, the best advice I got was to stay active (I exercised 3x a week), eat healthy (and stay away from dairy as much as possible), don't stress, and the baby will eventually come. Good luck to anyone trying to conceive. I know it's hard but some day it’ll happen.”
“I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2013. My husband & I tried to conceive for 3 years before we finally had success with a round of Clomid. My advice would be to eat as healthy as possible, to work out every day, & to lose as much weight as possible. These things & cutting out as much stress as possible are what helped me.”
“I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2011 after TTC for a year with no success. At the time I was morbidly obese and we tried medical intervention with Clomid and Metformin – though I wasn't insulin resistant and all of my other blood work was normal. After a while the doctor said I needed to make some changes or see a fertility specialist. I started eating healthier (a weight watchers type program), began a Crossfit program at the gym, and over the next 18 months I lost 130 pounds. The following summer I found myself pregnant, though I had an early miscarriage. It's been almost a year since then, and I am now 10 weeks pregnant again. I'm still following my eating program, though my exercise has been scaled back since I've been pregnant.”
“Lifestyle change. Diet. Mindset. Really changing the way I see food has helped me the most with managing my PCOS and emotions. The best thing that has happened to me was finding out that this was what was wrong and understanding food was in a new way (the way that my body needed it). Www.pcosdietsupport.com in addition to my doctor’s help was the MOST helpful thing ever. With low glycemic load meal plans and tons of information (both holistic suggestions as well as medical options to explore), I can now say that I'm pregnant 35 weeks and so excited to meet my baby. Becoming a mom was and is the driving force of dealing with these problems and I am so thankful. I am hoping anyone looking for answers to not be afraid- get to the doctor, learn about PCOS and how your body works, and learn to live in a new way. Learn to eat for your body, you will finally feel better. Learn how to care for you and keep your system from getting bogged down with the wrong hormones. Getting in control of you PCOS is so liberating, probably because PCOS is so isolating and makes your feel so poorly in many aspects. Hugs to all, and check out that website I mentioned!!!”
“I have PCOS and am currently pregnant with my second child. Took almost five years to get pregnant with my first. I never tried any fertility treatments. I just started taking vitamins and eating healthier.”
Cut down stress.
“I was diagnosed with PCOS in early 2014 after my periods completely stopped. I started seeing a fertility specialist a few months later to start medication & to see what options my husband & I had for having a baby. The doctor told me that the stress hormone is known to cause infertility, that's why you always hear all those impossible pieces of advice like, "stop worrying & it'll happen." Problem is, there's truth to it! My biggest piece of advice to all those struggling is to focus on the things that make you happy & know that when it happens, it'll be a million times more rewarding because of your struggle.”
See a fertility specialist and listen to your doctor.
“I suffered from PCOS since I was 12 and I have never really had regular periods on my own. As I got older, I would literally go years without periods. I would get one here and there but never really stayed consistent. I got to the point of wanting children and I went to several specialists and they all told me the same thing: I needed to lose weight. I have always been over weight so I couldn't understand why that would make a difference because I knew women my size or bigger with children and that had periods regularly. I was in denial for years until about 2 years ago, I was told that because of the insulin resistance associated with PCOS, I was borderline diabetic and from that office visit forward, I worked on myself and lost 126 pounds and started getting periods on my own. And then on November 11th, 2015, I found out I was pregnant for the first time ever because I never ovulated due to no periods. It was so shocking I couldn't believe it. I have her now and still I'm in awe. But with the proper care of oneself and staying mindful that the good things we put into our bodies will yield good results. Exercise and a healthy diet is key.”
“I was just talking to my fiancé about this. So after a miscarriage last summer, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I didn't handle it well so I started eating better. I wanted to desperately have a baby. After going to the doctor several times, they gave me Spironolactone. I decided to take one to see how I felt. Afterwards I forgot and never took them. Glad I didn’t because it would’ve interfered with the baby's progesterone if I would have a boy. My fiancé and I decided to exercise; I just couldn't lose weight. Then 4 months later, after losing baby number one, I missed a period. I was worried because I was always on schedule so I decided to take a test. Well it turns out I was pregnant with my little baby boy that I'll be having within a week. I changed my eating habits while being pregnant and didn't indulge in my cravings. Passed my glucose test and nearly gained 5 pounds thru out this pregnancy.”
“I have PCOS and it took 3 years to conceive my first. We tried for 2 years on our own and nothing happened so I decided to seek professional help and they recommend that I have a laparoscopy (ovarian drilling). So we decided to have the surgery and after that, my periods were becoming normal so I was prescribed Clomid to help with the ovulation. After 4 cycles, I was finally pregnant but had a miscarriage at 7 weeks. We didn't give up and after my next period, I was pregnant again and was put on progesterone – which worked and we had a healthy baby boy. With this pregnancy, we were actually not trying but wanted to start trying so I scheduled an appointment so that we can get started on the Clomid. But to my surprise…. I was already pregnant. The only thing I did differently was that I was eating healthier. And I was getting B12 shots to help me lose weight. I lost 30lbs.”
“I hadn’t had a cycle since December of 2014 after I got married. I was told I had PCOS in March of 2015 and my cycles were very irregular so they prescribed me Vestura birth control. I thought regardless of being on the pill, I became afraid that I would have a hard time getting pregnant whenever we decided to try for a baby. I took the pills as prescribed and when I ran out of refills, I just wanted to get off of them because I felt like they weren’t helping my body. My daughter was conceived a few days later. Besides morning sickness, I've had a fairly easy pregnancy, passed my glucose test, haven't gained but a few pounds throughout, and now 37 weeks expecting my baby girl whenever she's ready to come.”
“I took metformin for a month and with my already rigorous exercise routine, I lost 24 lbs and got pregnant almost instantly and unexpectedly. When I tried metformin 10 years ago when diagnosed and couldn't handle it stomach wise, I tried again and it worked great 🙂 I had given up on exercise and diet alone because no matter how hard I worked nothing helped. I believe Metformin was key to breaking down the food I ate that normally would store as far otherwise. I also recommend progesterone for the first 13 weeks because I got pregnant 2 years ago naturally and miscarried. They say some women with PCOS lack enough progesterone, which leads to miscarriages. Knowing that now, I think it's a great help in getting mentally through the first trimester hurdle.”
“I have PCOS and was told by several different doctors I would never get pregnant, unless I were to lose weight. And if I were to get pregnant, I would lose the baby. I was heartbroken. But my hubby and I met with a fertility doctor who specializes in PCOS and after some tests and lots of ultrasounds and meds, I got pregnant with our beautiful baby girl. She'll be five months next week. Don't ever give up and trust that God is in control.”
“I have PCOS and I found out at the age of 12. At that age I didn't understand what it was but I knew it hurt me so bad. At 16 I had a major surgery to remove scar tissue from my uterus and remove 14 cyst total. The doctor told my parents if I didn’t start working on my weight I would have problems forever and would probably have no children. Well that went on for years and in 2007, weighing in a 326 lbs, I had weight loss surgery. After 3 years of not having a period, it finally came on after I lost my first 80lbs and I have been regular ever since. In 2008 I married my high school sweetheart and a year later our journey began with pregnancy. In total I had 5 miscarriages, and 1 stillborn in 2010. Well when we stopped trying pregnancy number 7 happened in April and on December 23rd, 2011, I gave birth to a baby girl weighing in at 4lbs 13oz and completely healthy so she came home with us even though she was small. So I called both doctors who said I would never have kids and cried and laughed and now my baby picture hangs on their walls to let them know anything is possible with determination. Although I still have PCOS with 6 cysts, I am 5 weeks from having our son Matthew Kyle!!! And my pregnancy is going great. Ladies keep the faith be positive and ask questions. Just remember keep it positive, stay healthy, and when it’s time, your body will adjust and you will have a healthy pregnancy. Never give up. PCOS won’t win we will!!!”
“I was 23 when I found out… The doctors told me I wasn't going to get pregnant without medical help. I refused to go on the pill. Birth control always made me so sick. Nausea, migraines, fainting spells, low sugar, cravings, you name it. So I did my own homework. I started eating healthy and I took a lot of herbal supplements and started exercising 5 times a week. I lost 20 pounds and still tried for 2 years with my husband. And one magical morning, I got my positive! She will be here in a week!”
Be positive and don’t give up.
“My pregnancy wasn't easy. I suffer with a lot of pregnancy issues but my daughter is healthy and I was able to have a full term pregnancy! What I realized that helped me was that I had to change my mindset… I lived in frustration and fear of NOT being able to be a mom! For 6 months I appreciated my body and my periods! My friends all made fun of me because I was the only woman that was happy to have my period! And I prayed every day! I know a lot of people don't believe in the spiritual side of healing, but to me, our mind, body and soul are ONE and they all need work. In my case I needed healing in every aspect of my life! I became a happier, positive person! Someone once told me babies like a happy body… And once I was fully happy, my baby came!”
“I was diagnosed at 21 and was put on Metformin. Before I found out I have PCOS, I didn't have a menstrual cycle for 9 months and swore up and down I was pregnant all to find out I wasn't. I got put on birth control when I was 15 right after I started having sex and my menstrual cycle had been messed up since I met my fiancé in 2014. 8 months later we found out I was pregnant right after I had given up on trying. I am now 24 with a beautiful 10 month old baby girl and want to try for more children. I am currently still taking metformin to regulate my menstrual cycle and hopefully it will help us conceive again.”
“I was just talking to my fiancé about this. So after a miscarriage last summer, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I didn't handle it well so I started eating better. I wanted to desperately have a baby. After going to the doctor several times, they gave me Spironolactone. I decided to take one to see how I felt. Afterwards I forgot and never took them. Glad I didn’t because it would’ve interfered with the baby's progesterone if I would have a boy. My fiancé and I decided to exercise; I just couldn't lose weight. Then 4 months later, after losing baby number one, I missed a period. I was worried because I was always on schedule so I decided to take a test. Well it turns out I was pregnant with my little baby boy that I'll be having within a week. I changed my eating habits while being pregnant and didn't indulge in my cravings. Passed my glucose test and nearly gained 5 pounds throughout this pregnancy.”
“I was told at 18 I had PCOS and that I would never have kids. I am now 25 and expecting my first after years of fighting it. Currently 30 weeks and 4 days.”
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