Pregnant Women and PCOS Weight Loss

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When it comes to PCOS weight loss pregnancy, one of the first things that you might want to ask yourself is “can it be safe to take metformin during my pregnancy?” Metformin is your generic brand of this anti-diabetes drug. It normally helps regulate blood glucose levels in those with diabetic type 1 or 2 diabetes and lowers high cholesterol levels as well. In addition, it is not an insulin product, so it does not increase blood sugar levels when used alone. The question of whether or not to use it during pregnancy surfaces, however, if you are thinking of carrying your baby to term.

An Overview

Because it is a relatively new drug, and because of the many side effects that are still relatively unknown, including what type of effect it could have on a developing fetus, it should be considered only for women who are carrying low risk pregnancies. If you have a high risk pregnancy, your doctor will most likely recommend that you avoid taking it, or take it with other medications that can counteract the effects of metformin, such as clomiphene citrate (which also has some scary side effects in a lot of people, including liver failure). Some pregnant women (including myself) take it with the intention of doubling their chances of having a successful pregnancy.

Some of the common benefits of metformin while pregnant are that it can prevent morning sickness, which prevents you from vomiting and thus limiting nausea, especially in the morning. It can also lessen morning pain and soothe tired muscles. This, however, should not be taken by expectant mothers taking birth control pills, as some of these medications are known to cause serious side effects. Some studies do suggest that taking metformin during pregnancy may be beneficial in that it decreases the size of the ovarian cyst. However, whether or not it reduces the size enough to prevent another one from forming is still up for debate.

PCOS Weight Loss Facts

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As mentioned, there are some side effects to metformin that you should be aware of. The first is that it can cause severe birth defects, particularly in fetuses that are born prematurely. The defect could be in the form of cleft palate or brain damage. Also, it can cause fluid retention and bloating. Women on metformin therapy for any length of time often report feeling tired and list fatigue as frequent side effects.

Another side effect to be aware of is that it can cause a drop in potassium and fluids in the blood, which is a potential risk factor for low birth weight. Some of these risks are mild, such as lower potassium and increased bloating. Other severe side effects can lead to hypokalemia, which can be life-threatening and potentially life-threatening to the fetus if not treated promptly.

Like any other drug, there can be some mild side effects to taking metformin during a pregnancy. Some women experience increased thirst, while others notice increased heart rate. Occasionally, constipation becomes an issue. And some women notice that their skin will take on a different appearance when on metformin therapy. However, these side effects are usually mild and can be easily overcome with over-the-counter medications.

One of the more common ways that women experience rapid weight loss when on metformin therapy is through accelerated weight loss. There are two reasons why this occurs: first, some women experience an increase in their basal metabolism, which means their bodies convert stored fats into energy much more quickly. Second, some women’s bodies stop burning fat as efficiently as before because of the hormone changes. Because of these two factors, they begin to rely on stored carbohydrates for energy. This results in even more rapid weight loss.

In The End

Although PCOS and pregnancy do go hand in hand, you don’t have to let your weight gain become a cause of stress. You can work to control it by making dietary and lifestyle changes that will promote healthy weight loss. Even if you’re not pregnant, you can experience rapid weight loss if you make these changes. Remember that in addition to making lifestyle changes, you should also get regular physical activity. Exercise will help both you and your baby develop healthily.

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