Pcos and Pregnancy:
Pcos has been a part of my life for years now. It started with a single strand of hair appearing on my face somewhere in the year 2011. I remember telling my roommate, ‘Guess, what? I am probably growing a beard on my face’. If only I would have known, it was the beginning of much more than just facial hair.
Ten years down the lane, I am 30kgs heavier, more than a strand of facial hair and a myriad of other issues going on with my body. My medical symptoms are considered too lame for the medical fraternity while I continue to suffer. Because apparently, Pcos is nothing but a lifestyle disease.
My father asked me to see a doctor suspecting I have thyroid or something. I was rapidly gaining weight inspite of eating a home cooked diet and a healthy exercise regime.
Pcos is the most common hormone disorder suffered by women. Over the years, I have visited a lot of doctors hoping to find solution for my condition.
‘Lose weight and your problem will be fixed’. I am told.
‘Get pregnant soon, Pcos will go away automatically’. I am told.
‘Exclude rice and chapati from your diet, roli. It’s nothing but bad lifestyle habits’.
‘You get your periods every month na? Why bother so much then?’
PCOS: Is it really a lifestyle disease?
I beg to differ. It an hormonal disease certainly, but lifestyle, I don’t know. it can happen to anyone, with or without a sedentary lifestyle. If I have to trace back my journey of PCOS, all of this started in after the demise of my mother in 2011. I was grieving for my loss, that again, coupled with the pressure of MBA studies, I began putting on weight.
Most of the people, in similar situations would lose weight but it was the opposite case with me. Soon, it was followed by hair loss, lot more facial hair, back pain and anxiety.
My periods, though, were normal all this while. I didn’t had problem with my periods, Hence, none of the doctors took me seriously.
Moreover, they advised me to get married and finish off the ‘baby responsibilities’ as fast as I can. All this while my weight continued to bamboozle. To think of it, it was funny to be advised of marriage and pregnancy as the possible cure of a hormonal disorder.
A smooth pregnancy’s and never ending saga of weight gain.
I got pregnant as soon as we tried. I wasn’t expecting that. To be told for years and years that there might be issues with my pregnancy, I was pleasantly surprised. Then came the anxiety of putting more and more of weight.
‘This is not the weight to get pregnant, Roli’. That’s the first thing my doctor said after confirming my pregnancy. ‘This will have repercussions on your health’. She had warned me.
I didn’t put on any weight during my pregnancy except the baby weight. I didn’t know how that miracle happened. My body swelled afterwards. I genuinely felt bursting out of my clothes.
The Silver Lying:
I have started working out again for the past few months. Focusing on my weight seemed like a futile exercise when I saw the silver lining. I have managed to lose some weight. 6 kg to be precise. My started weight was 78 kg, I am now at 72 kg.
What changed this time?
Strictest of diet and intermittent fasting.
It’s been two months and I can feel the change in my body. I am working out from home as gyms are out of the question at the moment. I am eating as per my culture but tuning it as gluten free and dairy free diet. That, combined with intermittent fasting has done the trick. I guess?
I hope to continue updating this blog with my weight loss journey in days to come. Milestones, failures and everything in between.
Wish me luck, will you?!