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Being Pregnant with PCOS

Getting pregnant with PCOS is a challenge – but when you do conceive, there are still risks you still need to be aware of. Today OvuSense is taking a look at PCOS and pregnancy: how can you get pregnant with PCOS and what are the risks once you are carrying that baby.

Getting Pregnant With PCOS

The main way PCOS challenges your fertility is by disrupting your menstrual cycle, making it more irregular. This means that ovulation, when your ovaries release a fertile egg, becomes irregular and infrequent, giving you fewer chances to conceive, and making those chances harder to identify.

The best way to compensate for that is by using a fertility monitor that tracks your Basal Body Temperature – like Ovusense. This indicator is not affected by the hormonal disruption that causes PCOS, so it can be a great way to get prediction of when you need to try to conceive for the biggest chance of success.

Having PCOS and Being Pregnant

Having PCOS and being pregnant carries its own risks with it. The condition, which is driven by increased insulin levels brings with it an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin resistance while pregnant, and it can be difficult to maintain the diet you need to control these while also eating healthily for your pregnancy. It can also make you more prone to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Fortunately, the best thing you can do is simply talk to your doctor: as long as they’re aware of the complicating factors of your pregnancy then they can compensate with increased monitoring of your condition, extra blood tests and screenings and more advice to help you mitigate these risks. Balancing a ‘pregnancy’ diet with one focussed on controlling insulin isn’t easy, but with medical advice tailored to your situation, you stand a much better chance.

The biggest risk when you are pregnant and have PCOS is preeclampsia. This is a condition marked by high blood pressure (as noted above) and protein found in the urine that can severely complicate pregnancy and even lead to death. The only cure is the delivery of the baby. If you begin to develop symptoms, doctors will monitor your pregnancy closely, and may recommend an early, induced birth.

If you find yourself experiencing sudden weight gain (beyond normal for pregnancy), swelling around your face or hands, or regular headaches, you should see your doctor so they help you manage this risk, and give yourself the best chance of a healthy, natural birth.