Welcome to the PCOS Pregnancy Diaries!
For those who have never read one of my blog posts, I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Taylor, and I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, former competitive body builder, Maltese owner, gluten free donut-loving foodie, and now, an overcomer of PCOS and future mom. That is a longgg list of things, but I’m a very complex person!
As a Health Coach, I LOVE sharing information with others that could help them with their health journey, and what better people to serve than those struggling with infertility due to hormonal conditions such as PCOS.
I would hope if you clicked on this post than you know what PCOS is, but in case you don’t, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (aka PCOS) is a hormonal condition that leads to complications such as acne, weight gain, diabetes, and most significantly infertility. Doctors do not know the true causes of PCOS, but contributors are excess insulin, chronic inflammation, and genes. Thankfully some of the causes can be influenced by our lifestyle choices.
Here is my story with PCOS. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16 and immediately placed on birth control (a very common treatment, not great for a young girl). After 10 years of being on various versions of the pill, I decided enough was enough and I no longer wanted to fill my body with artificial hormones, rather balance them naturally. It was a lot of trial and error…
I went off the pill and had a Copper IUD put in, which I had removed not long after because it just didn’t feel right. I had been seeing a specialist for PCOS that dealt with infertility. Her and other doctors prior, told me that based on my hormone levels, I would most likely require ovulation drugs when the time came that I wanted to get pregnant. My doctor put me on Metformin to help me naturally balance my insulin, and I continued to work with my diet to naturally get a normal cycle.
My cycle came on and off, and for a few months it seemed normal. However, in May 2016 it stopped, and I no longer got a period. Most people would think that’s cool, no need to worry about being in a swim suit, but when you are battling a hormonal condition that you thought was under control, it can be a bit frustrating.
I am married, and let’s just say my husband and I were safe but not overly safe as I was under the impression that I could not get pregnant happen naturally. Hence why I was so surprised when one late October day I woke up to some serious pain in my boobs, only a few days later to discover that in fact, I was pregnant WITHOUT having any drugs and WITHOUT having had a period in several months. Most of this I will 100% say was a God thing, but A LOT of it was in my control, and that is what I hope to share during the PCOS Pregnancy Diaries.
Not only do I want to tell you ways to combat hormonal conditions and infertility, but I want to share how I have stayed healthy throughout my pregnancy thus far, and what I have done to show my body kindness.
If this is something that interests you, tune in, and I’ll be posting a new entry every week! For now, stay relaxed, don’t pressure yourself, and live each day with gratitude!
Health & Happiness,