Chances of Getting Pregnant With PCOS – The Final Four
To improve your chances of getting pregnant with pcos, make sure you read all three parts of this series at padoozles.com!
In the first part of our series Getting Pregnant With PCOS, we learned the first four steps of PCOS support to take when you want to get pregnant.
Those steps included total body cleansing, reducing pesticides and toxins in our lives, supplementing with organic whole food supplements and all natural vitamins, and following a lower carb / low glycemic index diet.
The second part of our series, “Four More Steps”, included investigating related thyroid problems and thyroid supplements, herbs for pcos and pregnancy, the benefits of green tea and healthy oils for cooking, and the need to abstain nonprescription stimulants such as coffee and colas.
Please check those first two articles to see a detailed plan for the first eight tips for getting pregnant with PCOS naturally.
Now that we have taken great steps towards cellular and hormonal health, what are your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS?
With each step you incorporate into your lifestyle, you increase your body’s health, PCOS symptoms, and chances of getting pregnant!
You have made great strides and may be getting your body’s system back into place, but you’ll also want to incorporate these next additional tips for getting pregnant with PCOS naturally to ensure your best chances.
Step Nine: Use Natural Sweeteners In Lieu of Sugar or Sugar Substitutes.
Let’s face it. We all love sweet things. Some people seem to be able to just swear off sweets completely, but not most of us! If you chose to eat a diet with nothing sweet, that is perfectly OK, but if you have a sweet tooth or even just like adding a touch of sweetness to some of your food, then use natural sweeteners. It’s even better choosing natural sweeteners that are low carb or at least low on the glycemic index.
Artificial sweeteners have been providing sweet enjoyment to a couple of generations now, but to what end? Scientists have made note of cancerous effects from some of the older artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, still used in many diet sodas, teas, and even low-calorie health and vitamin drinks, racks up page upon page with warnings of dangerous side effects.
Consider also that ALL the artificial sweeteners up to that point also caused insulin spikes, a condition which could alter female hormones and offset endocrine health needed to ovulate and carry a baby to full term. Splenda came riding in on a white horse to save us, and it is somewhat better in many ways, but the word is still out on its complete safety and possible side effects. The best part of Splenda is that at least it is not the other artificial sweeteners.
With PCOS infertility, you want to put your best foot forward in getting pregnant though. A natural sweetener like Stevia is a great bet for using when you are working on your endocrine and overall health.
Stevia is an herb, so it is a natural product, and it sweetens quite nicely in both cooking, baking, and in hot and cold drinks. Using Stevia is completely different than every other sweetener. It’s SO much more potent, and using just a little too much can result in a bitter taste, so make sure you read articles or use recipe books on Stevia when you are trying to switch over to this natural, low carb, low GI sweetener.
Agave Nectar, also known as agave syrup, is another sweetener you may want to investigate and consider for use on special occasions. While not low carb, something women with PCOS need to keep the insulin hormone in check and thus the female hormones in line, agave nectar is at least considered a low GI food, so it should not be as detrimental to blood sugar levels and hormone imbalance as the artificial sweeteners.
Agave nectar is absolutely a sweet alternative to table sugar and artificial sweeteners though, and its taste is as comforting as Grandma’s apple pie! Considering it’s many health benefits (anti-inflamatory, immune boosting, antibacterial properties, and natural sugar / honey taste), agave nectar could at least be a nice addition to a special holiday meal or birthday dinner.
Using a small amount of honey on a limited basis can also provide sweet opportunities while watching insulin levels and hormonal balance.
Researching natural sweeteners, watching for those that are low carb or at least low on the glycemic index, can provide several options for keeping the sweet tooth satisfied while keeping hormone-altering, high insulin levels down.
Step Ten: Maintain an Acid Alkaline Body Balance.
As we have read in earlier parts of this article, the human body is a connected balance of systems that need to work in a cooperative effort to function properly. When a polycystic ovarian syndrome is a part of that equation, it is especially important to get the endocrine system of glands and hormones all working together so that the proper female hormones are in place to ovulate, conceive, and provide a safe haven for a developing baby in the womb. A proper PH level in the body can help this happen.
An acidic body will not maintain cellular health as well and will not provide ample blood supplies and nourishment to your reproductive system. An acidic uterus will also kill sperm. Keep your body’s ph level in balance to stay healthier overall.
To do that:
1. Mix a little organic lemon or lime juice or organic apple cider vinegar with drinking water, or make use of a water ionizer that will alkalize your water.
2. Eat a diet of 70 to 80 percent alkaline producing foods and around 20 to at most 30 percent acid producing foods (you can find lists of both online).
3. Exercise. Exercise reduces acid in your body.
Other tips for maintaining a healthy ph level
Drinking adequate amounts of water in and of itself helps keep ph levels in healthy balance.
A good whole food supplement can miraculously reduce acidic levels and promote a good acid alkaline balance.
Eating lots of greens, whole foods, and raw foods can help greatly as well.
Let me emphasize though, probably the best way to maintain an acide alkaline body balance is to drink lots of water and exercise on a daily basis.
However, any way you get it, a healthy ph level will boost your chances of having a baby.
Step Eleven: Know Your Superfoods and Incorporate Them Into Your PCOS Diet.
Superfoods are those natural foods that are nutrient dense and health oriented. They are usually a little lower in calories, but they pack a punch with health and healing nutrition.
I know you are now trying to balance a lower carb diet with an acid alkaline balance, but adding in super energizing and super healing foods that will provide mounds of physical help can only bring added physical benefits.
Those foods listed as “super foods” can help you lose weight (good if you have some PCOS weight gain), lower cholesterol levels, help heal ALL kinds of ailments your body has been experiencing, and even brighten your mood and attitude.
You will already be getting the nutrition of many super foods by incorporating a whole food supplement to your diet, but with so many general benefits, adding some super foods to your dietary menu planning should be a great additional boost to your health overall and fertility in particular.
Some super foods include blueberries, broccoli, turkey, beans, oats, and green tea (to name a few). Check out super foods, top 10 super foods, or super foods recipes on the web, and see what foods you can add to your family’s dinner table.
Step Twelve: Reduce the Stress! Exercise, Rest, Relax, and Just Be Happy!
Stress is everywhere.
You can hardly live today without experiencing the stress of life and everyday living. Making ends meet, fighting rush hour every morning and afternoon, getting a late start, even just dealing with daily issues in the home can cause our bodies to perceive stress risks in our lives.
Even a wedding, a new baby, or an anniversary dinner can promote thoughts and feelings that place an amount of stress on our bodies.
Add the stresses of daily living events to perhaps not enough sleep, too much work, or too little free time, and you’ve got the makings for a hormonal disaster!
While our brain is telling you everything is all right, your body is reacting to all of these issues with a self-regulating, body stress system where it decreases some hormones and increases others to help you get through a possible threat.
Now, these daily living events are not threats most of the time, but your body is reacting as if they were, and when you get so many of these events in a really-full life, your hormone levels are going to be so out of whack they won’t know which way is up and which way is down.
For a woman with PCOS trying to get pregnant, you need your endocrine system in order, but unless you do nothing at all in life, your hormones are probably reacting to a lot of different stimuli.
While you can’t stop your body’s response, and you wouldn’t want to give up on life and living (those come with all sorts of issues every single day), you CAN help your lower its reaction and recovery to the big, and little, nuisances of life.
Exercise, perhaps your number one stress management tool, reduces the stress hormone cortisone and increases endorphins, your body’s “feel-good” body chemicals. Lowering the stress hormone and adding a warm and fuzzy feeling goes a long way in keeping your other hormones balanced.
Another way to fight your inside flight or fight matches everyday is to get enough sleep, and good sleep. Bodies need enough sleep to handle daily stress effectively. At the same time, the stresses our bodies go through every day requires a time for cellular regeneration and support.
We absolutely need to make it a priority to get plenty of sleep to give our bodies time to recover from daily damages!
Another step we can take is to improve our work and life balance in whatever way we need to do that.
OK, so that may be a hard one for some, but if you want to keep your hormones under control and keep your cells, glands, and organs healthy and strong, you just need to do something to make it as tolerable as possible, the more tolerable, the better too.
Another way to manage the stress-oriented change inside our body is to give our bodies and minds some fun things that sidetrack our worried, frazzled, busy, or burned out souls.
Recreational pursuits, a hobby, a vacation, a stay-cation, a walk in the park, or morning coffee with our spouse are all examples of some stress management tools we can and should use to help keep our body’s responses to a minimum.
Even therapies such as aromatherapy and acupuncture can help.
The goal here is to relieve stress and rebuild what stress has done, and is doing, to our bodies. The more we manage stress, the better we feel, and the less our bodies (and hormones) go hay wire inside.
Thank you for taking the time to read through these steps and for considering how you can take steps to get pregnant even with the little harder road you have ahead of you.
While nothing is proof positive, there is real hope, and there are real things you can do to bring the possibility of a family into your dreams.
Think positively, not just to keep your stress level down and your reproductive hormones in check, but just because working towards the dream and hope of a baby in your life is worth the time to be happy along the way.
I pray for each of you who have come here, hoping you will find what you hope for and dream of.
I do believe that if you follow these tips for getting pregnant with polycystic ovarian syndrome (these and the health tips from part 1 and part 2 of this series), you’ll discover your chances of getting pregnant are much greater than they might have been otherwise and much greater than you may have expected.
Best wishes to you all.