How I Managed My High-Risk Pregnancy

Those of you who have been diagnosed with PCOS know very well how hard it is to get pregnant. My pregnancy story is not any different. In fact, things got even more stressful while I was pregnant. I’m sure most of you must have heard the term, high-risk pregnancy before. In this post, I will share with you how I managed my high-risk pregnancy. Last year (2018) was the most challenging year of my life when I finally found out that I was pregnant. Interestingly, it was on New Year’s Eve that I found out about it. I was ecstatic but I was scared too because, in the heart of my heart I knew, I knew that I have PCOS and it is going to affect my pregnancy somehow. And it did! I was only 10 weeks pregnant when I started having cramps. They weren’t like anything I had ever felt. So, I rushed to the hospital praying that everything is okay. After my ultrasound, my gynecologist told me, “you’re on complete bed rest for the next two weeks..”. I didn’t need to ask any more questions because I knew she’d tell me all that is wrong with my body. LOL. At that point, I was only worried about my baby. I wanted my baby! Now let me list down all that went wrong with my pregnancy and delivery (Murphy’s Law: “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”)  Low lying placenta was the reason I was asked for two weeks of bed rest. While I was stuck at home, I had all kinds of negative thoughts in my mind and the only thing that calmed me down was a coloring book. Yes, you read that right! It was an adult coloring book gifted to me by my friend when she found out about my pregnancy (guess she knew I would be stressed out, LOL).

Where there’s a will, there’s a way…

At the next ultrasound, I found out that the placenta had moved up and was in the perfect position BUT my cervix had shortened. SURPRISE! Well, you can’t expect anything to go smoothly if you have PCOS in the first place, can you? Sighs! The doctor told me that you can’t prevent it but you can take certain measures to ensure a full-term pregnancy. And that’s what I did. I had a full-term pregnancy of 38 weeks and that is a personal achievement for me! Four weeks later I found out during the anomaly scan, that I had developed gestational diabetes. I was already going through a lot and didn’t want any more stress. But there I was listening to the doctor telling me about insulin injections and metformin.  I was just praying in my heart that GOD, PLEASE MAKE SURE MY BABY IS OKAY.  I wanted my baby so bad that for the first time in my life I was actually regularly taking all the prescribed medicines including prenatal vitamins and even a progesterone suppository known as Cyclogest. I swear I don’t want to go through all of that ever again!

What I learned from my pregnancy experience is that you need to stay relaxed as much as you can. 

At 38 weeks, I went into labor and after 12 hours of labor pains and induction, I wasn’t dilating so the doctors decided for an emergency c-section. I don’t’ know why but in that very moment, I didn’t feel any physical pain. All I could think of was my baby. At around 2 AM, I held my daughter for the first time. I was, naturally, into tears. As I type, the entire moment is being replayed in my mind. I realized why I went through it all. To have the most beautiful gift of life…to have my daughter.. to have my WORLD! So, here’s my story of how I dealt with my high-risk pregnancy. In the end, it was all worth it! To all you PCOS survivors, I hope you hold your baby in your arms one day! 

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