Although becoming pregnant often seems like an impossible challenge for women with PCOS, it is possible with the right advice and the correct lifestyle choices and change. And for those trying to conceive, this will be a great relief!
I’ve worked with a lot of previously infertile women, many infertile for years, women like Tennille,
“My acne cleared up, and my facial hair is not as bad. But what I really wanted to thank you for is today, 3 weeks from our wedding, I found out I am pregnant. Never thought it would happen especially naturally, we had planned to get fertility treatment as soon as we got back from honeymoon. So thank you again you have help another PCOS sufferer achieve a miracle.”
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is scary enough as it is. But what about the risk to your baby once you do conceive? Is there anything you can do to reduce the risk of your growing baby girl developing PCOS in her future? Yes, absolutely and positively! What you do in the preconception period and throughout pregnancy and birth really do matter, as well as during her younger years.
Let’s dive in and look at 5 empowering ways for you to reduce the increased risk your baby girl – or future baby girl – faces of developing PCOS.
1) Complete a preconception period together with your partner
A powerful, supported and evidence based detoxification and preconception program is essential. It takes 3 months to create a health egg, and a healthy egg once fertilised, has less future risk of illness. I use the Metagenics programs with my patients. It’s amazing how several well planned months prior to conception attempts can boost success, as well as the health of both mother and baby throughout the pregnancy and life.
2) Take Quality Pre And Probiotics Before And During Pregnancy
The bugs in your gut are much overlooked, but super important little creatures in our health. In fact, if we look at sheer number of cells, the bugs in your gut out number the cells in your body ten-fold. I once heard someone say ‘it’s not us humans that have gut bugs, but the gut bugs that have a human.’ It pretty much sums things up!
Work by the likes of Professor Patrice Cani have shown us that better quality digestive flora means improved insulin sensitivity and reduced body and fat weight. Both these are critical to reduce your insulin resistance, and in turn means your uterus is not bathed in the insulin resistant broth that increase the risk of your growing baby developing future insulin resistant conditions, like PCOS.
I use practitioner range and quality probiotics and prebiotics with my patients; Metagenics or Nutriclean.
What are prebiotics? They are the food that the healthy gut flora feast on to grow and multiply. How can you naturally and easily increase your prebiotic intake? Think more vegetables and salad.
3) Your Gut Bugs Are Passed Onto Your Baby Through Delivery
There are certainly times where a caesarian delivery is the only or best option. However, caesarians are increasingly becoming common occurrence, and this does carry important risks. If your Dr. is recommending this type of delivery for the sake of ease, timing, or other reasons unnecessary for your health or the health of your child, think carefully about your decision.
When your baby is vaginally delivered, she is inoculated with your gut bugs. As icky as it may first seem, some of the contents of your bowel are transferred to her during delivery. This is a good thing. Research shows that vaginally delivered babies have a different digestive make up than those welcomed into the world by caesarian. That’s also another benefit of taking pre and probiotics throughout your pregnancy, so you have the right bugs to pass along.
As David Gutierrez puts it so eloquently, “Given the role that intestinal flora play in regulating many of the body’s systems, this difference may account for some of the long-term health effects observed in C-section children, including higher rates of allergies and asthma and a 20 percent higher risk of diabetes.”
4) Lose Some Weight, Where Needed, Before You Conceive
Weight loss, where needed, is wonderful for boosting ovulation. In fact, a loss of only 5 – 10% of your body weight is powerful for boosting ovulation and so fertility. But aside from increasing your chances of excitedly becoming pregnant, preconception weight loss is vital for reducing the insulin resistance that can potentially expose your growing girl to the future stresses and strains of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
I can’t stress enough the importance of addressing your weight. I know it can be hard, but with the right tips and strategies, it is possible – even easy. Yup, I can vouch for that after losing 10 kg of my almost 30kg in 10 weeks, once I discovered some helpful success secrets!
If you need help with your weight, I’ve designed a cutting edge, tailored PCOS specific weight loss program, Successful PCOS Weight Loss – The 31-Day Action Plan, to help you finally and permanently succeed.
5) Find Out More About, And Reduce Your Insulin Resistance, By Potent Lifestyle Change
I know, I know. I talk about insulin resistance so often your ears are probably bleeding. And here I go again…
Addressing insulin resistance is critical for you and for your future daughter. And as her eggs are growing in her, while she’s growing in you, the steps you take now may effect not only your daughter, but her children and so on.
In this article Insulin Resistance – Signs, Symptoms And Treatment I talk in more depth about what this is, what is causes, why it is involved in PCOS, and what you can do about it. If you do one thing today for your PCOS, please read this article.
There is so much more power in your hands than you probably realise, or have been told. Use this to empower and educate your decisions.
Dr. Rebecca Harwin
The PCOS Expert
Nutritionist, PCOS Author, Chiropractor
P.S. A recent study revealed childhood obesity increased PCOS risk. I will share the details in a future post. Subscribe to our RSS feed to ensure you don’t miss out on this important information.