11 things I learned during my pregnancy

      1. Anxiety may over ride happiness: When you get your positive pregnancy test, the overwhelming feeling maybe one of anxiety and not happiness.  My husband was very happy, but I could just about muster up a smile. I was scared out of my mind that I would lose the baby and I…

Getting pregnant with PCOS: Temperature (BBT) charting

Getting pregnant and staying pregnant can be extremely challenging when you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). When your periods are irregular and sometimes non existent, ovulation (release of egg from the ovary), which is the first and most important step in conception may not be taking place at all. Even if you are ovulating, how…

Indian PCOS meal plan

In the last post, we talked about the kind of food you should be eating in order to reduce your PCOS symptoms, whether you want to lose or maintain your weight. Today, lets try to simplify it and come up with what a good meal plan looks like when you are dealing with PCOS. I…

Dealing with PCOS: Diet

In order to lose weight with PCOS, along with exercise, I made some changes in my diet as well. The main thing I did, was to try to cut out the following as much as possible: Maida/ Refined flour Starchy vegetables : Potatoes, corn, peas, tapioca, pumpkin, yam Sugar Fried food/ snacks White rice/ white…

My breastfeeding experience: Part II

This is continued from My Breastfeeding experience: Part I It is very difficult to know exactly how much breast milk the baby is getting from you and whether it is enough for him. One way to know is by using a breast pump and seeing how much milk you can get in fifteen minutes or…

Dealing with PCOS: Exercise!

In 2014, I was the heaviest I had ever been at 71 kg and knew I wanted to lose around 10-11 kilos at least to get to where I wanted to be. The first thing I did, was to put exercise into my daily routine. Now, I was overweight, and wasn’t able to move my…

My breastfeeding experience: Part I

When I found out that I was pregnant, I read a lot about breastfeeding. The ideal positions to hold the baby, the right latch, hind milk and fore milk, the works. I even went for a class and had a very qualified nurse show me how to feed an imaginary baby when I was around…

What is PCOS?

I’ve been writing about my ongoing experience with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). In this post, I want to write a little bit about the disease itself in as simple terms as possible. PCOS is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting women in the 18-45 age group. It affects 1 in 10 to 1 in…

How do you know she/he is the one?

Ah, the age-old question that has confounded mankind since the beginning of time. I bet even Adam and Eve wondered about this one, although, of course their options were quite limited! When I announced in my church youth group that I was going to get married, the first question was: is it love or arranged?…

Dealing with PCOS: Part II – The weight loss saga

Bloated. Irritable. Overweight, hairy and miserable. Two years after my diagnosis with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) I was struggling with symptoms and my body showed no signs of changing. The doctor’s advice to lose weight and eat healthy went out of the window after a few months.  The OCPs (oral contraceptive pills) gave me the…

Dealing with PCOS: Part I – The dreaded diagnosis

No periods for 6 months. No spotting, no cramps, nothing.     At 17, this is what landed me at the gynecologist’s office. You may ask why I waited for 6 months. Part of it was embarrassment to discuss it with my mum and dad. The other part was that, since I’d gotten my first…

When are you planning to have a baby?

You’re about a year or two into your marriage. The newly wedded excitement and novelty has settled down into a comfortable routine. You and your spouse are happy and content; even the few minor explosions of temper have eased up . You have learned how to navigate rough seas, in fact, you’re much more than…