PCOS and post-pregnancy fears :( PIOG
I was diagnosed with PCOS in April of last year. Before I got pregnant this time, I had gone on a gluten-free, coffee free (this was huge for me), and low sugar diet. I already ate healthy before, but I made an extra effort to pay attention to sweet/carb cravings and eat a low GI diet. I was doing really well, felt better, and lost about 5-6lbs (which is about what I'd gained shortly before being diagnosed, and got me back down to MY normal of about 118lbs).
I've never been concerned about weight gain in previous pregnancies (always gaining between 33-35 lbs) or weight loss afterward since it has always come off easily. But this time I'm terrified. I have found it really hard since being pregnant not to eat wheat, and I started drinking coffee again (granted, I keep it to 2 cups a day, and it's only half-caf), but I still feel like I'm failing myself. When I was off gluten and coffee, I had a lot less sugar and carb cravings, and I notice now that those have come back. And it's a huge struggle to avoid my triggers (coffee and wheat). So far this pregnancy I really haven't gained much weight (as of Feb 22nd I'd gained .5lbs from starting weight, and 3.5lbs from my lowest weight). I feel like I'm probably up another 3-4 lbs from then and I'm almost 23 wks now (which does NOT concern me). I'm just worried about letting my cravings get out of control. I want to go back to how I was eating, but am finding it incredibly difficult. I just want a freaking sandwich lol. I have been good with sugar though. I try to be very aware of my sugar cravings and limit my sweets. And I'm so scared that after this baby is born, my body is going to revolt and all my PCOS symptoms are gonna come back with a vengence :( It seems like from what I've heard this is what happens to a lot of women. I want to do as much now to avoid my symptoms from getting out of control after pregnancy, and to lessen the chances of having trouble losing weight. I just want them to go away forever :(
Hoping someone else understands my fears, since I know there's a few women in here with PCOS.