Diet during pregnancy pcos

I have always battled with facial hair although not directly related to PCOS the hair problem is problematic around my chin, neck, sides and lip. PCOS is the most common cause of menstrual irregularities and infertility which is often under-diagnosed. Although PCOS is not completely reversible, there are a variety of treatments that can reduce or minimise bothersome symptoms. A registered dietitian can offer nutrition guidance for your specific needs and assess your dietary habits. Protein: In women with PCOS, protein helps prevent binges by preventing dips in blood glucose levels. Be careful of high protein diets: studies have linked these types of diets with increased incidence of infertility.
It’s taken forever to fall pregnant and now that you are, you want to do everything within your power to nurture your little bean so that 9 months down the line you’ll have a beautiful, crying sleeping miracle baby in your arms.So, I’m going to give you some information based on my own experiences and some of the research that I have done. Linked to hormonal imbalance, PCOS generally presents itself with small cysts on the ovaries and its symptoms include weight gain, acne, excessive hair growth, irregular, heavy and painful periods and problems with ovulation.
As the name implies, PCOS is a condition in which the ovaries are covered with cysts — small, fluid-filled sacks — leading to an array of symptoms such as acne, hirsutism (male-pattern hair growth on the upper lip, chin, chest, and abdomen), hair loss, irregular periods and depression. Have an omega-3 rich diet (sources: canola oil, nuts, seeds, fatty fish —tuna, salmon, trout). It has been linked to higher blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin resistance putting women with PCOS at risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Be assured that most women with PCOS are able to lead a normal life without significant complications. As sufferers' periods are more irregular, less frequent ovulation means there are fewer chances of become pregnant. However I do know that the pill only masks the symptoms of PCOS (at best) and may exacerbate the root cause, which is usually insulin resistance (and this is why a low GI diet and exercise are so important).
However the new study shows fertility is only the first hurdle for potential mothers with PCOS.The study, undertaken by the Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, found women with PCOS were more than twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes or to give birth prematurely. To look at her she has absolutely no other sympton of PCOS other than the hair which can be soul destroying for a young girl.

Metformin works well to regulate hormones and may gradually help with the hair problem, however, if you prefer not to use medication some success can be gained from diet and exercise.
In the womb, their babies were generally large for their age and more prone to being deprived of oxygen (asphyxia) during labour. Women with PCOS were also 45 per cent more liable to developing  pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia). Sarah Berga says, speaking on PCOS at a recent conference.Reducing riskPCOS is a manageable condition that can be controlled through a combination of medication and lifestyle management.
You don’t have to suffer from any of the complications and both of my pregnancies were wonderful with no complications at all. Being overweight can exacerbate infertility in PCOS, so losing weight is an important part of managing the condition.1. Follow a low GI diet Eating foods that encourage even blood sugar levels will help reduce the chance of developing insulin resistance and help fight obesity. You’ve waited to long for this little one and now you could be faced with a rocky pregnancy. Well, there’s good news and this is not the end of the story.PCOS may not be the causeOne really interesting piece of research I came across is one that compared women with PCOS and those without but they matched age and weight as well (3).
What the research showed is that many of the above complications may not be directly linked to PCOS but rather to the women’s weight.
There are a couple of elements that need to be considered.CaloriesIf you are overweight with PCOS and have been following some kind of calorie controlled diet prior to falling pregnant, you may have some questions about how many calories you need.
If you are a healthy weight, you don’t need to have any extra calories during the first trimester, about 300 extra calories per day in the second trimester and 500 calories in the final trimester. Both you and your baby need the energy and calories for all of the growth that is taking place (4).Protein Your protein intake also increases slightly during pregnancy.
If you can’t afford it or can’t get access to it, try for organic meat.Also, oily fish like salmon are a good source of protein as well as Omega 3 so try to incorporate it into your diet. You should also think about taking an Omega 3 supplement.CarbohydratesThe standard recommendations for healthy women is 170g per day of carbohydrates during your pregnancy (4). If you have been following a PCOS Diet that is relatively low carbohydrate, you should think about increasing the amount of carbs you have per day.Just a word of caution.

Your PCOS is still very real even if you are pregnant and your body still has difficulty processing carbohydrates so you need to make sure that you are making good decisions in terms of the types of carbs you are eating.
I would still recommend avoiding refined carbohydrates like pasta, white breads and pastries.A Word on Dairy We know that dairy should be avoided as part of our PCOS diet (see this article for more on why).
Also, try to make sure you have an organic yoghurt.SupplementsSupplements are also an essential aspect to a healthy pregnancy. This can be continued during pregnancy.Vitamin D – Vitamin D is an important vitamin for women with PCOS and this continues during pregnancy. There are many advantages to supplementing with Vitamin D during pregnancy, including: lower risk of postnatal depression, decrease in insulin resistance during pregnancy, improved Apgar score at birth, stronger muscles for baby (5). I’m sure that is much higher than what is provided for in your prenatal supplements!Inositol – Inositol is a vital supplement for women with PCOS. Research has shown that it lowers miscarriage rates in women with PCOS and improves fertility. Some research suggests that it is safe to continue to take 4000mg per day for the duration of your pregnancy (7). You still need to watch your carb intake and make sure that you’re eating carbs with a low glycemic load to manage your insulin and testosterone levels.Your supplments continue to play an important role in your PCOS diet and you should keep taking them.If you are pregnant while you’re reading this, I wish you the most magical pregnancy! If you’re holding your little miracle, I wish you all the joy that motherhood entails!19 Responses to "Your PCOS Diet During Pregnancy" August 27, 2015 SarahJaneHi Tarryn Thank you so much for this enlightening information. I thought I would have to take infertility drugs in order to get pregnant but it was a miracle with using vitamins and diet change. So excited because one year ago I had cysts on my ovaries…my PCOS was extremely frustrating.

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