Managing PCOS During Pregnancy: Tips for a Healthy Outcome

PCOS During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a complicated and rewarding journey, made even more complex when it's coupled with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). But with the right support and planning, it's possible to manage PCOS symptoms while pregnant for a safe, healthy delivery. In this guide, you'll find tips for handling PCOS-related issues throughout your pregnancy.

Monitor blood sugar levels

Blood sugar levels can be affected in women with PCOS, both during and after pregnancy. If a woman has elevated glucose levels, it's important to closely monitor her sugar levels during pregnancy. Regular self-monitoring of blood sugar (SMBG) levels should be performed when advised by a practitioner. Be sure to discuss any concerns that arise between medical visits with your doctor or midwife.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of managing PCOS during pregnancy. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, while reducing or eliminating processed and junk foods. Make sure to include foods high in fiber, iron and calcium as well. Additionally, try to minimize your sugar intake, especially added/processed sugars like sodas and candy. Eating regular meals throughout the day can help stabilize blood sugar levels as well.

  1. Lean proteins
    Eating lean proteins such as fish, chicken, turkey, and tofu can help to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity. This is a great food choice for PCOS and pregnant women who are interested in controlling their symptoms. Lean proteins also provide your body with vitamins and minerals that are essential to healthy functioning.
  2. Complex carbohydrates
    Complex carbohydrates like whole grains, beans, fruit, and vegetables help to stabilize blood sugar levels which can be beneficial for women with PCOS trying to regulate their hormone levels. Pregnant women will benefit from the increased energy these types of carbohydrates provide at each meal.
  3. Healthy fats
    Including foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids help to lower inflammation in both PCOS patients and pregnant women due to pregnancy hormones. Oily fish such as salmon and sardines are particularly good sources of Omega-3s as well as nuts, seeds, and avocados containing healthy monounsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol levels which helps to reduce the risk of heart disease in both PCOS patients & pregnant women.
  4. Legumes & Beans
    Beans contain iron which plays a major role in regulating hormones in both pregnant women & PCOS patients while also providing balance between meals by providing red blood cell production within the body essential for healthy delivery of oxygen during labor or regulating glucose levels in those with diabetes or resistant insulin related health problems associated with PCOS diagnosis. They also have a plentiful supply of protein & fiber making them an optimal source for long lasting energy consumption throughout any day.
  5. Leafy greens
    Leafy greens such as spinach or kale provide antioxidant vitamins A & C plus iron which is vital when it comes to keeping bones strong within pregnant women while aiding PCOS patients’ symptoms by helping them to regulate their hormones better than ever before! These highly nutritious veggies are great sources of magnesium too which helps fight exhaustion commonly known amongst expecting mothers while being anti-inflammatory to both parties’ health benefits alike.
  6. Berries
    Berries are full of fiber so they are perfect for those suffering from PCOS as they work as natural detox cleaners within the body due clear out any traces of toxins found within one's bloodstream potentially causing harm if not cleansed regularly enough! For expecting moms out there looking for an extra boost of vitamins present throughout their entire 9 month journey– berries have you got you covered well! Not only do they contain low calorie numbers but actually provide quite a few positive qualities like folic acid assisting with baby’s neural tube development during prenatal stages.

Exercise regularly

Regular physical activity is recommended for pregnant women with PCOS. Moderate aerobic exercise, such as walking, can help to boost energy levels, maintain a healthy weight and improve overall well-being. Additionally, specific exercises such as pelvic floor exercises (Kegels) can strengthen the muscles in the area of your reproductive organs and reduce discomfort during pregnancy and childbirth. Always discuss your individual exercise program with your obstetrician before you begin or make any changes.

Set lifestyle habits to help reduce stress and inflammation

When dealing with the effects of PCOS during pregnancy, forming healthy lifestyle habits can help you manage PCOS-related symptoms like inflammation and stress levels. To reduce stress, get plenty of rest and incorporate stress management techniques into your daily routine such as meditation, yoga and deep breathing practices. Eating three balanced meals a day, limiting refined carbohydrates and taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements may help to reduce inflammation.

Pre-pregnancy Counseling and Planning

Pre-pregnancy counseling and planning is crucial for women with PCOS. As part of your preparation, you should be sure to discuss any risk factors for complications during pregnancy, such as diabetes or heart disease, with your doctor. It's also important to make sure you are taking folic acid supplements prior to conception—as well as throughout the entire pregnancy—to reduce the chances of problems related to neural tube defects in your baby. Lastly, follow your doctor's advice on how to successfully manage PCOS symptoms during the prenatal period by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and following a treatment plan if needed.


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