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Battling PCOS & Pregnancy Weight: Khyati's Story

This is my own story of battling weight and PCOS. It feels great sharing it with mums at BabyChakra, some of whom are probably going through the same challenges of PCOS weight loss and pregnancy as I did.

 

As a child, I was never skinny. I grew up to be slightly overweight with a broad frame. Things suddenly started going very wrong once I hit the 20s: my periods became irregular and I started gaining weight.I did not notice it at first as ironically I was pursuing my masters in nutrition and super busy with studies.

 

When in just a year my weight ballooned to 64 kg from 56kg, I clearly realized something was wrong. After a few medical tests, I discovered I was suffering from PCOS and that along with poor eating habits, this was responsible for my weight gain.


I started studying about it in detail and was convinced that weight loss and maintaining my weight to ideal levels was the only solution to have a healthy hormonal profile. Also, being a dietitian myself, it was important to be well within my ideal weight limits.


The next barrier to excess weight and PCOS was when I was planning to have a child.


I was very upset to hear I was suffering from infertility and it would be tough to become a mom. It was very depressing to hear about fertility treatments and the side effects of the same made me very scared and depressed.


That was when I started with eating correctly, eating in right portions and not giving in to junk food. I started losing weight and bounced back to 58kg. I was very happy to conceive naturally (rare with PCOS) and had a very good pregnancy. During the 9 months, however, I put on 23kg and was horrified to see myself at 78kg after the birth of my child.


It was like a light switch went on. I Immediately swung into action and actively chose and ate foods that were nourishing and not fattening and greasy. Moreover, since, I had been operated for a slipped disc, heavy workouts were never an option for me. So, I would make time to go for short, but regular, walks.


After my child was 1 year old, I was 66kg, and my PCOS symptoms disappeared. My cycles were very regular. I went a little more aggressive and continued with a more conscious effort to losing weight. This was not easy as I was taking care go the baby, working and taking care of my weight.


At times, I gave in to cravings, ate wrong but when calm, I would ask myself, was the big bar of chocolate worth it? To satisfy cravings, I would taste morsels of junk food but make meals of healthy food. After another year I was at 58 kg...and today I am at 56kg!


Going through weight gain. PCOS and post-pregnancy weight has been incredible learning for me as a nutritionist. My own experience has helped me with my modules on balancednutrition.in on eat-in portions, restaurant guides, alcohol guides and what I call "The Celebrate Life Maintenance Guide".


I eat outside, have erratic meal times some days and also cheat a bit:), but due to the maintenance, I know when to stop.


My biggest take-away over the last few decades? No one can eat special diet foods all their life, a more practical and doable approach works best.

 

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Kashish Vaswani

The star who helped me solve my issue also and become a mom

Ammu

that's nice. even i m suffering from it. i want to know how to get rid of cysts in the body? i ve multiple cysts ranging from 3mm-10mm. my doc has advised to ivf centre. i m worried wat to do. whether to loose weight or go with the treatment. my height is 5.6 & weight is 67kgs

Rhituparna Mitra

Suguna Amulu I know how you feel as I have a chronic case of PCOS as well. No amount of medicines help as allopathy doesn't have a permanent cure. It also leads to other problem like overweight and other issues later. In the last 1.5 years, I have had a life changing experience and got some relief from this issue, hence strongly recommend you to consult The health awareness center in Worli, founded by Dr Vijaya Venkat. She is no more but her you can get an appointment with Anju Venkat, her daughter. Trust me, you will never need to take medicines again!

Ammu

ok. thank u. but i stay in bangalore. 

Amritha Srinath

Your story is so very inspiring.. Kudos to you... I was always around 53-55 kg till my pg... But  gradually my weight increased due to the erratic work hours n junk food.. After marriage it further increased, and now after  an year of my delivery I weigh around 75kgs.. I am so confused on what diet to follow,  how to get back into shape. Moreover I recently had a slip disc which is been now treated... I can very well understand how difficult it is to loose weight without ever loosing your inner spirit. Hats off to you...

Rhituparna Mitra

Suguna Amulu You can consult them over email or call as well.

Prisha Lalwani (Mummasaurus)

hi @khyati, i have 2 questions for you. #1 People who have been obese forever, do they look thin and still fit in to the weight tables vailble everywhere? say my weight is a 110, and my ideal wight should be 45, is it ever possible to get there without looking malnourished? How do we identify the target weight for n obese individual #2 Is it necessary for you to get down to skinny level? cn you choose to be at a slightlyl chubby state that being your preference?

Prisha Lalwani (Mummasaurus)

Khyati Rupani please help :-)

Khyati Rupani

Thanks Prisha and Kashish

Khyati Rupani

please feel free to contact us at khyati@balancenutrition.in or 9820543329 :)

Khyati Rupani

Join Facebook.com/groups/balancenutrition.in

Khyati Rupani

Prisha Lalwani not at all .. a lot depends on the body type.. what we have been carrying in terms of weight most of our lives..

Khyati Rupani

https://www.balancenutrition.in/health_reads-body-types-nutrition
hope this helps :)
Feel free to get in touch with us at 9820543329 in case you have any questions or join Facebook.com/balancenutrition.in

Neha Gupta

Nice mam
.....
even when I was in my pregnancy I was put on weight 73 kg or at the time 65kg my baby is 5month old & I had cesarean.how to loose my weight

thaseen

You are a super mom....hats off to your ditermination.

neha singhal

Very nice...; learned alot abt pcos..; hope u r doing good now... I want to know about the balanced diet for my husband can u help Khyati Rupani .. plz reply via chat or ping me on 9959781082

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