The Risks Of Getting Pregnant With PCOS!
Many women around the world who are diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome have succeeded in conceiving. The advancement in medical science has made this thing possible and it effectively gave many women a ray of hope to become a mother.
When a woman is detected with PCOS, the first question she asks her doctor is- Can I get pregnant in this condition? Well, it is possible for a woman with PCOS to conceive but this situation is a bit difficult to handle.
In most of the cases, it is difficult for a woman to bear a child just because this disorder affects her ovarian functions and leads to infertility. So, if you have PCOS and you are pregnant, then it’s really something worth celebrating!
Getting pregnant with help of treatments
The good news is there are many fertility medicines available nowadays, that can add to the chances of more than one pregnancies in women who suffer form PCOS. Medicines like Clomid are very useful in triggering the process of regular ovulation which highly increases the chances of pregnancy. Therefore, it is must for you to discuss everything elaborately with your doctor.
The moment you discover that you are pregnant; the first thing you have to do is- consult the doctor who has been treating you for your PCOS and inform him/her about your pregnancy. Your doctor might have prescribed you certain specific kinds of medicines to treat the cysts present in your ovary. There are certain medicines used for curing PCOS that one should stop consuming during pregnancy.
When a woman is diagnosed with PCOS, her doctor starts giving her several suggestions and medications so that she is able to conceive a healthy child without much difficulty. The treatment process of pregnancy in PCOS includes weight loss, in which the doctor will provide the patient with a proper diet chart and some light exercises to control her weight. Stress management program is also suggested, so that the patient has a proper mental health which is eventually very advantageous to her unborn child.
But as we have said earlier, there are many risks involved in this phase. Before we go any further, let’s tell you elaborately about the health hazards that you may face, if you are pregnant with PCOS.
Risks involved in pregnancy with PCOS
If a woman is pregnant and is also a patient of PCOS, then the chances of her to face complications are much more than others. The bitter truth is, the chances of miscarriage is high i.e. 45% in case of women with PCOS; where a normal woman has only 15% chance of having a failed pregnancy. Other than this, she is more prone to deliver an unhealthy, underweight and premature baby as compared to normal case.
Sometimes, the baby may also become overweight and this increases the chances of complications at the time of delivery. Here are some of the health hazards that a pregnant woman with PCOS may face:
High chances of gestational diabetes
Patient of PCOS who don’t suffer from diabetes may suffer from high blood sugar level at the time of pregnancy. This type of blood sugar is recognized as gestational diabetes. However, experts say that it may affect 4% of all the expecting mothers.
Women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes are found to have polycystic ovarian syndrome, later in their life, or vise versa. The chances are very high in case of women who also suffer from obesity and the doctors treat them with fertility medicines, so that they can conceive by artificial ovulation (ovulating with the help of medicines).
This procedure is commonly known as ovulation induction, where the patient is given some medicines to produce mature follicle inside their ovaries which eventually result into successful fertilization on meeting with sperms.
If you know that you have PCOS before you get pregnant, then it is advisable to check for gestational diabetes before the pregnancy period becomes highly complicated. Abnormal glucose tolerance may also show up. In these circumstances, get proper treatment from the obstetrician from antenatal management who specializes in pregnancy and diabetes.
High blood pressure at the time of pregnancy
The chances of Pregnancy induced high blood pressure are high in case of the expecting mothers who have PCOS. However, experts say that women, whose blood pressure level was a little bit towards the higher side before conceiving, are more likely to suffer from hypertension during pregnancy.
The brighter side is, if you have PCOS and you want to get pregnant, then your doctor will look after all the issues that concern the blood pressure level. Once the BP level is under control, then only your doc will suggest you to get pregnant. But if your doctor is not doing so, ask him to do it to ensure you a safe pregnancy.
Chances of miscarriage is high
You must know that as you are a patient of PCOS, you are at higher danger of miscarriage than those women who are not patient of this disorder.
Your insulin level may go high during pregnancy which may hamper the equilibrium between the substances that helps in clotting of blood and those factors that help in breaking the clots.
If the insulin level is high, then more blood clots will occur in the place between the placenta and the lining of the uterus. This will disable the placenta to provide proper amount of nutrients to the fetus, growing inside. It also fails to remove the harmful toxins that come on the way of the fetus. All of these results into miscarriage.
Chances delivering a premature baby
Early pregnancy loss is something which may occur if you are pregnant with PCOS. Women, who are a patient of ovarian cysts, may suffer from miscarriages in the very initial stages of pregnancy. If the fetus survives that stage, it may later suffer from defective development.
As a result to this, the baby will take birth with birth defects and improper physical development. Therefore, it must for the patient to continue proper treatment from time to time.
So, if you are pregnant with PCOS, you have to be very careful about the above problems and complications.