Pregnancy is an honor that is accorded to women, and women bear the gift of life for babies that come as a result of it. What happens though, sometimes, is that women develop certain complications in their health that may make it difficult to become pregnant itself, and these complications continue to cause problems even after their child is born. In this article, we discuss one such health condition called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), which might affect mothers more often than we realize.
We believe that being knowledgeable about health conditions that could affect your pregnancy is important, and one of the most common health concerns is PCOS. The number of women of childbearing age in India who are affected by PCOS is steadily on the rise. While PCOS isn’t completely curable, it can be controlled and treated. Hence, it is not a cause for alarm. There are links between PCOS and pregnancy, but there are also treatments that can reverse the disorders and help woman combat it.
Here are answers to questions that you might have about PCOS to help you figure out a way around this.
What is PCOS?
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a disorder that affects the hormones of your body. It often occurs in your body in the form of a string of ovarian cysts, which are most often caused due to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the body’s inability to absorb glucose and convert it into energy, which could in turn lead to obesity, skin or hair problems caused by hormonal imbalance, diabetes and a variety of other health concerns.
Do I have PCOS?
Almost 50% of the women having PCOS are not diagnosed with it until they are trying to conceive. It’s often difficult to separate the symptoms and confirm a diagnosis for PCOS, as the symptoms can mimic other health issues. If you have trouble conceiving and you think you might have it, it is important that you see your doctor to find the cause of your symptoms. If diagnosed early, PCOS symptoms can be treated.
How are PCOS and pregnancy related?
Many of the concerns related to PCOS pertain to pregnancy. PCOS and infertility are related, and there are a bunch of other problems that arise from insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin can lead to an increase in testosterone production, due to which the odds of miscarriage are increased by 300%. It could also lead to high blood pressure (hypertension), macrosomia, premature delivery, gestational diabetes and more.
Women who have PCOS are also more likely to need a Caesarean delivery because they might have larger babies. The babies might also be premature and might require care in a neonatal ICU. If your baby is a girl, it might be wise to monitor her closely, as PCOS is also sent down genetically.
While all these sound scary, remember that these can be controlled and treated if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat right and exercise.