This condition refers to a hormonal disorder in reproductive age that affects the menstrual cycle
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Over the past few years, women’s health has become a major problem. With changing lifestyles and eating habits one of the most common problems called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is becoming quite common among women of different ages.
In the case of pregnancy, this condition further complicates conception and can cause a number of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. This condition refers to a hormonal disorder in reproductive age that affects the menstrual cycle. The ovaries develop many follicles and cannot regularly release mature eggs, which can affect even women who want to conceive a second child.
Even if a woman becomes pregnant, expectant mothers are three times more likely to have a miscarriage. Because food plays a very important role in these crucial moments, some eating habits can help expectant mothers to have favorable pregnancy outcomes with the least possible negative consequences. These are the following:
- Include fibers: Women with PCOS should pay special attention to their diet and weight, including more fiber in their daily diet. These include pumpkins, nuts, berries, whole grains and almonds, which help digestion along with managing blood sugar. It is recommended not to follow a restrictive diet as this will affect the overall growth of the baby.
- Manage weight: Women with PCOS often have problems with overweight and obesity, which require controlled weight gain during pregnancy. While some exercise can help in weight management, adding fresh green vegetables and protein-rich foods such as soy, tofu, eggs and chicken becomes easy on the stomach.
- Small portions: It is recommended to take small portions often during the day to fight hunger. It is recommended to eat 2 to 4 small portions of fruits, grains, bread and four servings of dairy products such as milk, cheese and ghee. One should also stay hydrated throughout the day by increasing the body’s water intake to purify the blood.
- Avoid sugar: It is also recommended to stop eating processed and unhealthy foods during pregnancy, especially for women with PCOS. It is necessary to limit the use of sweets and sugar syrups. They not only contribute to the risk of obesity, but can also lead to impaired blood sugar and diabetes. It is necessary to increase water intake in the body to purify the blood, sufficient hydration.
- Increase anti-inflammatory nutrition: During pregnancy, women need to increase their intake of anti-inflammatory foods, including tomatoes, olive oil, spinach and fresh fruits. At the same time, omega-3 fatty acids are also useful for controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels in pregnant women with PCOS. Based on your doctor’s recommendations, you can also include omega-3 fatty acids, prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, and calcium supplements to ensure that your baby is getting the nutrients he or she needs for optimal growth.
In addition to maintaining healthy eating habits, if you have symptoms of PCOS you need to visit a gynecologist for a better consultation. Even after childbirth it is necessary to undergo routine examinations to reduce the risk of PCOS. Ignorance of these symptoms can further aggravate and lead to infertility. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility, which must be addressed in a timely and effective manner.
The writer is a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology, Manipal Hospital, Ghaziabad. The opinions expressed are personal.
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