This time last year, I felt a prompting from the Lord to start praying for my future children and that He would prepare my husband and me for parenthood. I have desired for children since I got married, but knew it wasn’t the right time yet and waited for the gentle leading of my husband to help determine when. I felt it in my gut last year, though…soon. Soon, to me, meant in the next year and a half…and here we are planning to start trying to conceive (which may have started sooner if not for a trip overseas–we didn’t want to take any chances with the plane ride). Anyway, to prepare my heart and keep my mind occupied, I began reading books and online articles. So far, I’ve read more articles than anything, but lately, since the time quickly approaches, I’ve been reading a few books on ttc.
At the moment, I’m reading “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting.” Across the board, people have many different opinions of the “What to Expect” books. I have seen mostly negative feedback, but a few people spoke positively. I like to read things and find out for myself, so I took the plunge and bought the kindle edition (instant gratification). Although a lot of the information that I’ve read so far are things I already knew, I am finding it informative. The tidbit that hit me the hardest is the fact that fat cells produce estrogen, so if we have excess fat cells, it can affect our fertility! I had no idea about this. I knew, of course, that losing weight can help fertility, but I didn’t realise the direct connection between the hormone aspect of things.
In my journey with PCOS, I have had to cut back on a lot of things. I found out that one of the causes of my symptoms came directly from gluten and have eaten gluten free ever since. Then I later found out that soy was having some intense effects, particularly causing severe cramping, nausea, and long cycles. So, I eat gluten and soy free. I have noticed, however, that my ovulation day still doesn’t come until CD 20-25 and is never consistent. There isn’t a whole lot more that I could cut back on with my diet, and I have been trying to think of the missing link. I think, thanks to this book, that I have found it. I still carry weight around my middle, a symptom of PCOS, and I have been dreading the hard work involved in losing this weight. Now that I know the direct connection, however, I am ready to try. So, my friends, in order to be in a healthy BMI range, I have to lose 13 lbs or more. My goal is to lose those 13 lbs. by March and go from there. At this point in my life, I will be so happy to be active and in a healthy weight range. I’m not so concerned about whether I look a certain way, although I know I will feel more confident. I’m just very excited to be working toward this goal so that I can have a healthy pregnancy.