Tips For Managing Pregnancy With PCOS

Tips For Managing Pregnancy With PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is now common these days. A hormonal imbalance in women makes them struggle to become pregnant and at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy. However, many women with PCOS can become pregnant and have a healthy baby by managing the symptoms.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a condition when ovaries produce high levels of male hormones that are needed. PCOS affects not only a woman’s menstrual cycle but also her fertility and overall health. Symptoms of PCOS include:

  • irregular menstrual periods
  • cysts on the ovaries
  • infertility
  • weight gain
  • acne
  • excessive face and body hair
  • thinning or balding head hair
  • insulin resistance

PCOS and infertility

If a woman has PCOS, she struggles to get pregnant because of the high levels of male hormones in her body. This condition creates a hindrance to the ovulation process.

A woman still can get pregnant by:

  • maintaining a healthy weight - ensuring weight is not on the higher side.
  • Eating a nutritionally balanced diet.
  • Physical exercise
  • Keeping a check on ovulation date.

Risks for moms-to-be with PCOS

Having PCOS, a woman may struggle hard to get pregnant. The chances of getting pregnant are more likely dependent upon reproductive technology. Studies have found that women with PCOS have an increased risk of developing several medical conditions:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Possibility of endometrial cancer.

For pregnant women, PCOS can bring several pregnancy complications. One amongst them is preeclampsia - a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure. The other pregnancy complications that PCOS can cause are:

  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Gestational diabetes
  • The larger size of the baby.

PCOS is a condition that does not have any visible signs of its presence. Most women come to find out when they try to conceive. The only solution to this problem is to follow prescribed medicines and a healthy lifestyle.

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