PCOS: Unique Concerns During Pregnancy and Lactation

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Pregnancy can be an exciting time for women with PCOS, especially because so many of them may have been trying to conceive for years, with or without fertility treatments. However, having PCOS and being pregnant does pose some concerns. Some women who have undergone fertility treatments may carry multiple babies and will have special dietary and medical needs. Also, because many women with PCOS have hormonal imbalances and are overweight or obese, they are at higher risk for miscarriage and complications such as gestational diabetes mellitus and hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. Proper medical management and medical nutrition therapy are imperative to prevent the onset of these complications and optimize fetal growth and development.

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Five Things Women with PCOS Should Know about FODMAPs

Over 40 million Americans have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and women with PCOS have more than their share. Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include excess gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. If your doctor says you have IBS, you might want to consider the FODMAP approach to managing your symptoms. This evidence-based diet can help up to 75% of IBS-sufferers get symptom relief.

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Why Am I So Tired?

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon for people to feel fatigued, and to chalk it up to simply working too many hours and sleeping too little. Women with PCOS may feel particularly more tired due to insulin resistance (resistant cells prevent glucose from supplying adequate energy). But what if you are not just tired but exhausted? All. The. Time. While minor lifestyle changes can boost your energy, sometimes there may be more serious underlying conditions that are draining you. Here are some surprising reasons you may be running on empty.

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