I officially hit 20 weeks pregnant and things have been pretty swell for the most part. Some days just scare me on how low key things have become. I realized a big part of getting pregnant with pcos was choosing a good ttc routine. That and my diet.
*Every woman is different as their fertility journey is different.
What changes to make
I decided to do something a little different. The past 5 years I struggled with my weight after giving birth to A. My PCOS symptoms got worse and I even ended up having insulin resistant which was a new symptom for me.
I struggled with body image and how I hated the way I looked. Being 5ft tall any extra weight gain affects my body in a negative way. After I removed the Mirena which I felt made my PCOS symptoms worse I started to work on myself. For me, PCOS is more weight, hormones and inflammation rather than cysts and other explained infertility.
Not every woman with PCOS struggles with weight issues. There are plenty of symptoms you may have that someone else may not. If my weight isn’t at a weight my body wants to then I won’t get a cycle.
I did go see an endocrinologist
It took a couple different ones to find the right one. Some just don’t understand PCOS. Especially when you’re wanting to get pregnant again. Finally a doctor that actually understood me and this syndrome. She was able to give me the tools to start a weight loss journey.
Sometimes the first tools won’t do much. The second time around she prescribed me some meds to help with weight loss when adopting a healthier lifestyle like the anti inflammatory diet and supplements to help.
On the shelf products to use to get pregnant with PCOS
*some items aren’t pictured
1. Inositol or Metformin: I was prescribed Metformin but I know a lot of women swear by using inositol.
2. Prenatal Vitamin: I currently take these ones. But any prenatal vitamin will work. Prepping your body for pregnancy. Plus you get the most vitamins in a prenatal. When you do fall pregnant you’ll want to take one with DHA. I love using this one from Pink Stork.
3. Pink Stork Fertility Tea: One product that I feel 100% actually helped me. My first month tracking for ovulation I didn’t ovulate. The second month drinking this tea I confirmed ovulation. They also have a pill form and even a pack with the pill version, tea and fertility sweets.
4. Natalist Ovulation tests: In each package they also send you a lavender satchel that smells amazing. This is included with 7 tests.
5. Ovusense: Like above not all of us get a positive ovulation test due to our LH levels. Ovusense tracks ovulation by your temperature we have during sleep. It’s one of the top ovulation predictors if you have PCOS. Unless you want to go old school and chart temp everyday. It’s easy you wear it every night while you are sleeping and automatically tracks your ovulation. You can checkout my successful months determination.
If you head over to Ovusense.com you can get 20% off your sensor with code: JALISA
6. Calcium Chews: It’s always great to increase your calcium levels when trying to conceive. Plus THESE include vitamin d. From the PCOS groups I’m in a common factor is our vitamin d has always been low.
7. Vital Proteins Collagen: I was so bent on using this collagen. Then I got pregnant and can barely keep anything down but I noticed a big spike in feeling full. I used it more as a protein than anything. Plus it’s odorless and you can even use it in your smoothies or morning coffee. I did notice it dissolves more in smoothies. Even with hot coffee it could clump up a bit.
8. Use My Fitness Pal: Stick to 1200 calories
9. Drink enough water: Having a fun water bottle has always helped me. Having a stainless steel one is even better. They keep your water cold for even longer. love THIS one.
11. Mucinex: Somehow the medicine could also dilute cervical mucus, giving sperm an easier time getting to the egg. It’s not the case for every woman and hasn’t become a proven for a certain % but it can help some. I realized after getting pregnant that I took Mucinex for 2 weeks due to the weather triggering a cold and my asthma. I never thought it could be a factor for getting pregnant after the fact.