Post # 1
A relative of mine just announced a pregnancy, and she has PCOS. They were told it would be nearly impossible to conceive, but she just got a positive read yesterday. She says she and her husband calculate that she’s about 3 weeks along. They are sharing the news with everyone possible, and she’s not yet been to a doctor. She’s just done one at home test. I am wondering what this means, and how shaky this new-pregnancy ground is, especially with PCOS and the fact that she is very, very overweight. I would just hate for them to have told EVERYONE they know if this is something that might not stick, but I really don’t know what the likliehood of this is, etc. I feel bad because mine and DH’s excitement is somewhat reserved because it just seems so early and sort of touch-and-go. But then again, we’re not experts and DH hasn’t reached that part of med school yet, so he just knows that HCG in urine isn’t a 100% guarantee, especially if they haven’t seen a doctor yet. But I thought some of you ladies might have a better idea.
Post # 3
I have PCOS, 9w1d…I’m not a medical professional but i know that PCOS greatly hinders the chances for conception because of the infrequency orinconsistently (sometimes total absence of) ovulation….but I’m not completely aware of how this would affect the “stickiness” of an embryo. If someone with PCOS has a significant amount of cysts (a shell of sorts) on their ovaries and other related symptoms (increased blood sugars and clotting factors) that they are/have been linked to increased chances of miscarriage.
I see a perinatal specialist who says my pregnancy is progressing well…I lost 70+ lbs prior to TTC and we conceived on our first try!! I also take 1500mg of metformin to regulate my blood sugars/insulin resistance.
Post # 4
I’ve read various articles on miscarriage in relation to pcos but don’t really have a definiteanswer. Everybody’s going to be different is the best conclusion they seem to come to. That said perhaps she’s just one of those people who’s more in the “if I miscarry I want all the live and support possible” camp?
Post # 5
Most people know the chances of miscarriage. Some people want to keep early pregnancy a secret because they don’t want many people to know is they miscarry but they sound like the type of people who are open and would be ok with others knowing and supporting them if something did happen. I’d only reserve my excitement if the couple was doing that as well. Hopefully everything goes well!
Post # 6
I also have PCOS and was told I would not be able to conceive without assistance.
I’m currently 28 weeks along with an oops pregnancy.
According to the research, the risks are pretty high with a PCOS pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. I was worried sick, so didn’t tell a sole besides mom and SO until 13 weeks.
Still, deciding when and who to tell is totally up to her – so just be supportive!
Post # 7
My cousin has PCOS & had a hard time conceiving, but once she got pregnant, she was referred to OB & released from her RE (reproductive endocrinologist). She is now into her second trimester and doing very well 🙂
Post # 8
I have PCOS and while we’re not TTC for a few years, I can’t imagine telling anyone past my MOH and DH for the first 12 weeks. Only one or two of my friends and my mother know about the PCOS, though, so it sounds like your relative is just a sharer in general and may want support no matter how the pregnancy goes. I wouldn’t rain on her parade.
Post # 9
I would never rain on her parade or say something like “don’t you think you should not tell so many people since you have PCOS, etc etc”…but I will admit I inwardly cringed when they blasted in on FB because all I could think was “oh god I can’t imagine if something happens…” but that’s just my own nerves. It’s good to hear so many positive stories. I think I was taken aback by their willingness to share it VERY openly and VERY early with all forms of social media. But, it’s not my choice! I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes very well, and I was curious about others experience with this!
Post # 10
I have PCOS and had a really hard time conceiving. That being said, I was told that just b/c I had a hard time conceiving doesn’t mean that I’ll have a hard time being pregnant or keeping a pregnancy. Just b/c I have PCOS didn’t increase my chance of miscarrying or anything like that. People who struggle with that particular infertility issue have the same chances of a miscarriage as someone without. I’m 10W2D and have had a fairly easy pregnancy so far (knock on wood!) with PCOS.
All that being said, the chances of a miscarriage are something like 30% I think (please don’t quote me on that, I’m pulling from memory from an article I think I read) for anyone. So, it’s always risky to sort of blast it all over the place so early on. But, to each their own, I suppose. I’ve had 3 ultrasounds, seen the heartbeat twice and heard it once and we’ve still only told family and close friends. But, each person tells people based on their own comfort level.