This post was updated on May 19th, 2019
How I Lost 50 lbs and Fell Pregnant Naturally with PCOS
My husband and I started the journey to conceive our first little one in December of 2013. I had irregular cycles throughout most of that year, which at the time, I attributed to stress. After going nearly a year without a cycle, I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2014.
I was put on Metformin and it made me feel terrible, yet I put up with side effects for almost two years before stopping it because I was told it would help me get pregnant. We managed to conceive twice, with both ending in miscarriage at 6 weeks. I was devastated both times.
My last miscarriage was in August 2017, and it truly motivated me to work on my health before I tried again. I joined Kym’s free 30 Day PCOS Diet Challenge in November, and started applying what I learned. By January of 2018 I was getting a regular cycle, by April I had lost 50 pounds, and by July I was 13 weeks pregnant with our miracle!! No supplements, no treatments.
In the past I had a difficult time losing weight. I had tried Paleo, low carb, Weight Watchers, and Keto. None of these worked for me. I worked out at least 3 times a week, but I would stay at the same weight no matter how hard I tried.
As a result of taking part in Kym’s 30 Day Challenge I completely cut out refined carbs, sugar, and dairy. Quitting dairy was the kicker, as I LOVED yogurt and cheese but that change seemed to make all the difference.
My main motivation for weight loss was wanting to fall pregnant. It drove my journey. Every pound lost was another pound closer to the family I craved more than anything. My better health overall means so much to me, and I feel I received the best reward in getting the privilege to carry my son.
Dropping from a size 22 jean to a size 18 was pretty nice too of course. My A1C levels have dropped out of diabetic range, and my blood pressure is out of the hypertensive range. I sleep much better, and don’t feel as groggy during the day. My hair has also thickened up and I now have less unwanted hair on my chin and upper lip.
Once my baby is born, I hope to lose 75 pounds by 1 year postpartum and I plan to stick to the nutritional principles I learned during the 30 Day PCOS Diet Challenge to help me achieve this goal.
I felt like I would never lose weight and have a baby before I made the changes that have been so amazing for me and my husband. I now believe that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. So for all the other women with PCOS that know how hopeless things can feel, my message is to never give up. Have faith ladies, the changes you have to make are difficult, but so worth it.