Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hello fellow PCOS gals...

I have some questions!

I've been really trying to work on my diet in the last few weeks by:
-cutting back on carbs (I could eat my weight in bread in a heart beat)
-more veggies/fruit
-I don't skip breakfast anymore...I usually eat 3-4 egg whites with a little cheese and an apple.

And also last week I started working out again. I feel a million percent had been too long!

I'm also working on remembering to take my vitamins.

Oh yeah, and no more sodas/'s now replaced with oodles of water which means oodles of bathroom breaks, but a trade I happily take.

I've been doing this because like I mentioned before, I'm starting medicine up this cycle again and I realized I haven't eaten healthy/worked out at all since way before my surgery in August.

And even though we've been TTC for over 3 years now, I'm trying to look at it that my body is completely different since my surgery (hello regular periods!!) and because of this I want to make my body the healthiest I can because in my mind I really feel it will help my body respond to meds better.

Ok, onto my questions for my fellow PCOSers:

1) if you are or have been pregnant what type of meds were you taking and did you have surgery of any kinds?

2) what kind of foods do you eat or try to avoid because of the Pcos?

3) did femera work our better for you than clomid (if you took it)?

4) do you see a lot of good fertile cm each month or is it limited?

5) anything else you want to share with me? :)

6) would you say a prayer for me? I feel like I've come a long way since we first started and I want to continue to make progress (um, you know ANNOUNCE I'm pregnant!;)).

Thanks in advanced girls! I'm starting my clomid up tomorrow and am praying that my body response properly! I'm a ball of nerves but I still feeling better than before because this month I've been working on becoming healthier mind/body/soul.

I trust.
I hope.
I believe.

"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." (Samuel Johnson)


Anonymous said...

1) I was on metformin, clomid, second round, (50mg for days 3-5 of my cycle)pre-seed (baby making friendly lubricant..) progesterone injections post peak, ampicillin and b6 to help with fertile mucus - clomid made me ovulate on day 14 (never happens!)

2) tried to stay away from refined foods and excess sugars.. but I'm pretty much terrible, and addicted to sugar. argh..

3) Only used clomid

4) Without any medical intervention I have constant variable return of peak type mucus

5) praying for you and hoping for GREAT things as you start this!! I have heard great things about both clomid and femara, but as with everything else.. everyone responds differently. Will be thinking of you this cycle!!

6)addressed this in the previous comment :)

~Brit (Small things with great love)

Mary said...

OK, first of all, I think it's AWESOME that you're eating healthy!!! We ate pretty healthy before, but then after surgery we lived out of a hotel and had to eat what was available (we didn't have a kitchen)...SO we ate a lot of Subway, but we also had other icky fast food. :-/ and pizza. (I <3 pizza)...
What's interesting is that I was waiting until we got into a house to start my "special diet" - I was going to cut out wheat and some dairy. I started the diet and almost immediately found out I was pregnant - I had gotten pregnant while I was NOT on the diet...sooo now I'm eating wheat again bc I don't think it mattered (?) for me at least. I don't eat a lot of it because if I do I have issues. I do think ancient grains (which are not wheat products - they include quinoa and couscous - couscous is a favorite of ours :)) are healthier than processed breads and pastas so I will still try to incorporate those into our diet more.

I wasn't on any meds so I can't help with that, sorry!

I think you already know that I had a laparoscopy in 2008 to remove endo and a laparotomy Dec 30 (2010) to do an ovarian wedge resection...

I think anti-inflammatory diets are pretty darn healthy - more natural foods, less processed foods; less added sugar - and that they seem to help ppl w/endo and pcos. I also think everyone is different -some people respond to wheat and dairy differently than others. (I can't have a lot of wheat but can have some, but dairy doesn't bother me-I did a little "Experiment" with that last year!)

I also think balance is the most important thing - balancing carbs + protein at meals and snacks (having BOTH not just one or the other:)) and balancing your intake throughout the day.

I'm not sure this is even helpful but I thought I'd share in case something does help! :)
and I am definitely praying for you!!!

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

1) Can't answer. :)

2) EAT: include those egg yolks, girl! What God made whole, you should not separate! :) Seriously, the cholesterol in the yolk is so good for you and actually helps you absorb the rest of the good stuff in the white. I feed Abigail a yolk every day. Also- lots of whole milk. (Raw if you can get it. It is MUCH healthier for you.) All full fat dairy products. (again, what God has united, we should not separate!) Lots of veggies, some fruit, meat- from red meat to fish, and instead of cutting back on carbs in general- cut back on wheat. Eat whole wheat when you can. Check out Nourishing Traditions for more.

Praying!!! Go clomid!

Hebrews 11:1 said...

I just had my wedge resection last year, before that I didn't even know I had PCOS so I wasn't on any meds. But I will be keeping you in my prayers this upcoming cycle!! :)

Perfect Power in Weakness said...

I have a mean case of PCOS...

1. Both times I got pregnant, I was on Clomid. The first time I was only on 25 mg Days 3-5. The second time I was on 50, 50, and 25 Days 3-5. I miscarried each of these pregnancies. No surgery yet, but I am seriously considering a lap and ovarian wedge resection.

2. I try to do a low GI diet...foods that are only green or yellow on the GI index. I've gotten a lot more lax with this though lately. I'm also going to have food sensitivity testing done next month to see if I need to be avoiding certain foods.

3. Have only done Clomid.

4. Most months I see a lot of good lots of white baby stamps on my charts.

5. Other things to look into...Have you had your thyroid checked and vitamin D levels? Do you suspect you have endo? I know over 50% of women with PCOS also have endometriosis. Nice, huh? How do your charts look?

Feel free to email me with more questions regarding PCOS, etc.

Julie said...

I say eat the egg yokes too! They have so much nutrition in them! Go for raw milk for your dairy. Stay away from all processed foods!

Katie @ Persevere in Prayer said...

1) I conceived while taking:
- 100mg Clomid (CD3-7)
- 1500mg Metformin (every day until 10 weeks pregnant)
- 100mg Prometrium (starting CD 20 right after I ovulated and took until 12 weeks pregnant)

2) None

3) Overall, I had 3 cycles of Clomid and 2 cycles of Femara. I didn't ovulate with Femara, but I did with Clomid.

4) A lot of good fertile cm (also took Mucinex to help with that)

5) Don't give up! :)

6) Praying!!!

Sew said...

I'm chiming in with Lauren here!!! Girl eat those egg yolks!! God gave us food to nourish us but seriously how good are eggs with the yolks! I know god lovesankind because he gave us bacon !!!!! Yummy yummy bacon! I eat three eggs fried in bacon grease with 3 pieces of bacon every morning and still loose.;). Okay off my soap box! ;). Listen to Lauren! Hahaha

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

I like that. "Listen to Lauren." Sew- could you say that to a larger audience? :)

JellyBelly said...

I have no advice, but I'm definitely looking forward to reading what the others say about diet!

Sarah said...

1) I was on Metformin when I conceived our daughter (after TTC for one year, one month). I took progesterone supplements starting from the day I missed my period, to the end of the first trimester.

2) I am also type II diabetes, so I try to watch my carbs as much as I can (without cutting them out completely). Only whole grains, and I use splenda in place of sugar where its needed. Try to eat a LOT of protein, and fruits and veggies. I love greek yogurt for breakfast or a snack.

3) Did not take clomid or femara.

4) I have decent fertile cm -- rarely is it totally clear, but it will get more clear-ish during the peak build. Of course, some cycles I will have three or four peak builds before I actually ovulate. I was pleasantly surprised during my first cycle post-partum to only have one peak!

5) Exercise is really important for me. I try to walk for 20-30 minutes every day (maybe I make it 5 days a week). It really helps my cycles to be more regular.

Good luck! Will be praying for you. :)

Faith makes things possible said...

Thanks for the advice girls! Y'all ROCK!! I really do appreciate y'all taking thr time to answer my questions.

And I WILL start eating the yokes also!! I do love the whole egg and since enough of you girlies have hounded, I mean mentioned to me, I'm sold! ;)

Suzie-Q T-Pie said...

wow, you've already got tons of advice!!! :)

I am taking Femera and my cm is very limited. I am taking vitamin B supplements to help but, it's not going so well... :(

I have gone completly gluten free, and I do not drink soda, but I do have a coffee problem! lol.

I do not drink milk or eat yogurt, b/c it makes me break out really bad. I love eggs for breakfast. they fill me up and they are healthy! I eat lots of apples, and am eating lots of salads.

I am excersizing everyday, even if it is only for 15 min, I do it! It is so important to keep it up, b/c you feel better, and less sluggish all day.

Doing all this has helped me lose weight, and keep my breakouts away. My cycles are very regular now also.

I am praying for you girly!! :)

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

I'm jumping on the "eat egg yolks" bandwagon here. My nutritionist told me I definately must eat them, because it is the only source of choline in our diets, and choline is CRUCIAL for fertility.

Low G.I. I didn't think was doing much of anything for me... that is, until I saw that I produced TWO DOMINANT FOLLICLES on my own unmedicated this cycle!!!! And I'm under 30, with PCOS. NOT A LIKELY OCCURRENCE!!!! Something I'm doing must be working! (I'm also gluten and casein-free, but I don't advocate for that very strict elimination diet unless you have more personalized testing done. Though I do think those with PCOS should avoid dairy in general... )

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