PCOS And Pregnancy
PCOS and pregnancy may seem to be mutually exclusive.
But it is possible to become pregnant with PCOS( polycystic ovarian syndrome) and have a normal pregnancy.
While some women may conceive spontaneously, others will do so with the
help of appropriate medical treatment.Still,other women will find it
difficult to conceive even with appropriate medical therapies
necessitating trial of surgical options.
In this webpage, I will
look at the link between pregnancy and PCOS and what do do to become
pregnant with PCOS or take a pregnancy successfully to term.
PCOS and Pregnancy
Getting pregnant with PCOS is possible though not as easily as
other women without it. PCOS has two groups of effects on pregnancy
- Difficulty achieving a pregnancy due to infertility
- Pregnancy complications after you become pregnant.
The pregnancy complications that have been linked with PCOS include
- Gestational diabetes
- Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (preeclampsia)
- Premature delivery
a woman with PCOS who has had a miscarriage is a very emotional
process. The pregnancy is often achieved after repeated trials and
sometimes tremendous efforts sometimes.When it ends with a miscarriage,
the grief is usually great. However, there is still hope of trying again
and taking a pregnancy to term.
PCOS may also lead to
pregnancies, twins and even triplets. This is often due to clomiphene
used to induce ovulation in these women which may cause the release of
more than one egg. Multiple pregnancy with PCOS is a high-risk pregnancy
that requires close obstetric follow-up.
at risks also. Babies born to women with PCOS have a higher risk of
spending time in a neonatal intensive care unit or of dying before,
during, or shortly after birth.
What Should I Do?
If you are wanting to become pregnant with PCOS, these are the recommended steps to take
Talk to your doctor about your pregnancy priorities for optimization of
therapy and removing any medications that may prevent pregnancy. Birth
control pills or injections control irregular menses but will prevent
pregnancy so plan carefully with your doctor.
lifestyle measures seriously, including diet, weight loss and exercise.
These are actually treatment in themselves for PCOS and will increase
your chances of ovulating and becoming pregnant.
- If you have regular cycles, carrying out fertility charting may offer some benefits.
- When fertility drugs are prescribed, be sure to follow the instructions carefully on how to take them.
- Once you get pregnant, inform your doctor.
If you are already pregnant, congratulations! These are some things to do to ensure that you take your pregnancy to term
- Learn about PCOS and pregnancy and ask your provider any questions.
Recognize that pregnancy with PCOS is a high risk pregnancy and
requires close obstetric follow-up. You will sure not want to loose a
PCOS pregnancy because of negligence!
- Do not fold
your arms with your diet, weight watch and exercise! Get advise from
your care provider how to continue with these now that you are pregnant.
- Be sure to inform your doctor as soon as you get pregnant for modification of your therapy and planning of antenatal care.
cool! Just relaxing and not being too anxious will help you and your
baby in the uterus. Discuss any worries with your provider.
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