PCOS and Pregnancy

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,  is the most common endocrine disorder which may affect a woman during pregnancy. It has been observed that around 10% of pregnant women experience PCOS during pregnancy. A woman who experiences PCOS during pregnancy is likely to suffer a high risk of miscarriage. This article focuses on symptoms and complications of PCOS during pregnancy.

PCOS and Pregnancy—Symptoms

  • High blood pressure
  • Raised levels of insulin
  • High risk of miscarriage
  • Persistent or late onset of acne
  • Irregular periods
  • Obesity
  • Difficulty in conceiving
  • Excessive hair or skin tags
  • Pain in the pelvic area
  • Staining or spotting
  • Heavy periods before pregnancy
  • Dark skin patches

Complications of PCOS During Pregnancy

  • A woman who is pregnant and experiencing PCOS may suffer from high blood pressure, miscarriage, or gestational diabetes.
  • A woman who is pregnant and experiences PCOS requires immediate treatment.
  • A pregnant woman who is obese is more likely to experience gestational diabetes.
  • In order to deal with these health hazards, regular medical check-ups should be scheduled.
  • PCOS diagnosed in a pregnant woman may lead to hormonal imbalance and miscarriage.
  • PCOS also affects the physiology of blood clotting, resulting in miscarriage

Treatment for PCOS During Pregnancy

  • Lab tests
  • Pelvic examination
  • Ultrasound tests
  • Weight reduction is the best treatment for PCOS.
  • Losing 5% of your body weight
  • Drugs or surgery
  • Oral pills also help in regulating hormonal levels.
  • Oral pills also help in preventing excess hair growth and clear acne.
  • Eat foods that are rich in fiber and  in carbohydrates and sugar.
  • Yoga and meditation also help in reducing stress, which will create a positive environment for the unborn child.
    • Always keep in mind that PCOS during pregnancy can be successfully treated and managed properly.

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