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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Diet Cleanse I Used To Get Pregnant with PCOS

I've been trying to remember the name of the diet I used right before I got pregnant with Dylan so I went through handfuls of messages on Facebook and found it!  At the time I was taking Metformin but not on a regular basis.  I was burned out by all the pills and shots that even forcing myself to take Met daily was just not on my radar.  I have a friend that is completely opposite of me.  She's a skinny PCOS'er, she bolted from the doctors office when they suggested she take diabetes medication (Metformin) because she said any doctor that thought she should take pills for a disease she clearly didn't have was absurd, she is a vegetarian and eats primarily organic everything, takes Shaklee vitamins, doesn't believe in immunizing kids, etc. 

But she did get pregnant after doing several colonics and going to see a naturopath and so she definitely got me thinking that I instead of taking care of the root of my problem, possibly a very unhealthy body to conceive a baby in, I was just taking whatever pills or shots the doctor threw my way.  February 2009 was a forced break anyways so I decided it was a good month to try whatever on my own before hopefully hoping back on the infertility meds wagon in March. 

She told me about the Candida Diet.  Now if  you google it, you might read about the liver and colon cleanses and I did not make any weird shakes.  But I did follow this diet http://www.thecandidadiet.com/foodstoeat.htm .  First day, I was starving.  By the 8th day I was barely holding on and slowly adding cheese back into my diet, and by day 10, I was done.  I just couldn't handle it.  But little did I know, around that 10th day, I conceived Dylan!!  Day 10 was Valentines day and I ate pizza, champagne, cocktails and chocolate cake but I believe that the previous 9 days did some good for my body and probably helped a lot.

I think especially for PCOS ladies, getting all the sugar you can out of your diet can only help, not hurt your chances of getting pregnant.  I obviously still struggle with losing weight and making healthy choices but I'm thankful I "sucked it up" for those 9-10 days and really did something good for my body.  You can follow the link above, that is the actual page I got my information from and make sure to read the foods to avoid.  Oh, and don't stop taking Metformin if you are on it.  I risked Dylan's life unknowingly by doing that because studies show it can cause a miscarriage.

For those that have conceived with PCOS, do you hope to do it without medical or drug intervention next time?  Am I the only one who hopes to get pregnant like a "normal" person?  If so, how long are you willing to try before you seek medical help?


  1. The next time we TTC, I plan on doing this cleanse, hopefully for an entire month, but I want to be on Metformin (because of the miscarriage statistics) and we'll try for 3 months before seeking medical help. I'm a big fan of TTC'ing 3 months then 1-2 months off for my mental and physical well being:)

  2. Thanks for the tip. I too have PCOS and my husband and I have been TTC our first child for a year now. I am also on Met (3X daily) and overweight. At this point I am willing to try anything to help me lose the extra lbs and get pregnant! I have been on the Met for about 4 weeks now, and so far all it has done is make me sick, but I take it faithfully every day! I share your sentiment about wanting to get pregnant like a "normal" person. Sigh...if only it could be that easy.

  3. @Mommie-to-be, have you tried the Metformin extended release or taking it all at night? I took my dose at night right before bed so I didn't have that sick feeling. Just read your blog, it's great! And you remind me of me at that point in my journey:) I'll add you to my google reader so I can follow along!

  4. hey brandi! i'm saddened that you are going to be deleting your youtube! i'm one of those stalkers you are talking about...lol! i believe i too may have pcos. however, before i seek metformin and the like, i want to be able to do everything in my power to get healthy and lose these pestering 25 pounds and get my body ready to carry a child. what were the side effects (if any) of you taking metformin? i'm hoping to try that cleanse this month. my hubby and i are getting serious from this month on about TTC. i follow your blog religiously and i want you to know that you're such an inspiration. <3, melina. :)

  5. Brandi, I have heard of the ER version and have thought about asking my OB/GYN to make the switch. The thought of taking all 3 at once just turns my stomach. I have been taking one with breakfast, one with lunch, and one with dinner. I find taking it with food works okay for me and helps ease the side-effects. Of course, that also depends on what I eat during a meal, and then there are the trips to the bathroom...I'm sure you know what I mean. lol. Thankfully, this unpleasant side-effect has (mostly) calmed down, but I still have "episodes."

    Anyway, thanks for following! And congrats on your recent adoption as well. You have been blessed with a beautiful family. :-)

  6. I was just diagnosed in February when I began TTC for the second time. We got pregnant the first try 5 yrs ago with our son. Never expected to have problems second time around. I was put on Metformin but just recently stopped it. It was making my life miserable. My husband was not handling the "episodes" either. It would hinder many of our activities. I just started using the Insulite system. A regimen of herbs/vitamins geared specifically for PCOS. I am praying that this will help me get my PCOS under control. I am so glad to have found your blog. I feel so alone sometimes. No one understands this condition. Thanks!

  7. After over 10 medicated cycles, Clomid, Femara, injectables, 5 IUI cycles, 2 HSGs, 1 hysteroscopy & lap surgery...you name it, I got pregnant "like a normal person" by doing a special diet (it's called low amylose, basically no carbs, no sugar, no root veggies) along with the Met! I ovulated on my own for the first time ever after just one month doing the Met and diet and we were pregnant in 4 months. Diet has EVERYTHING to do with helping PCOSers get pregnant. I've seen it so many times...it works!

    I have lots of info on my blog if you're interested. I don't know what the diet is you're doing, but the low amylose rules are pretty straight forward (much like the atkins diet), though not very easy to follow (at least for me and my sweet tooth!).

  8. Christina, I was totally racking my brain trying to figure out which post you had responded to before about changing your diet when I wrote this post. Yes, I think by hearing your experience I plan on doing that a few months before we start TTC'ing. The candida isn't for me long term, i'm not sure I could do it. Even low amylose seems tough, but worth it!!

  9. hello ladies my name is camilla and I am sick with both candida and pco's :( I am going to be going to a firtility expert in August since I havent been able to conceve and have been trying for 14 yrs! Do any of you have any advice for me on what do do to prepare my body for this? Should I do a candida diet again or mabey the gaps diet? I really need help to cleanse my body so I can have a chance at becoming a mother! PLEASE let me know if you can help me! Thank you very much sincerally Camilla

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