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What You Should Know About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS) AND PREGNANCY? 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects one in ten women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a problem with hormonal imbalances and metabolism that can affect their overall health and appearance. If you find out you have PCOS, it can be very difficult to get pregnant. And if you are able to get pregnant, you are at risk of many complications during pregnancy, and delivery. PCOS is also a common and treatable cause of infertility

Women with PCOS are three times more likely to have miscarriages, compared to women without PCOS. They are more likely to develop preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and to have a large baby and premature delivery. This can lead to complications during childbirth or cesarean delivery. 

HOW DOES PCOS AFFECT PREGNANCY? 

Some women may not notice that they have PCOS until they try to conceive. PCOS is often undetectable. But if you have been trying to conceive naturally for more than a year, you should talk to your doctor about the test. 

PCOS can cause problems during your pregnancy and for your baby. Women with PCOS have higher rates of: 

·        Abdominal cramps

·        Pregnancy diabetes

·        Preeclampsia

·        Cesarean section (C-section )

·        Your baby also has a higher risk of being overweight (macrosomia) and spending more time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

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