Living with PCOS
"I could not lose the weight!"
Having my son was one of the greatest things, if not the greatest thing I could have done in my life. Throughout my pregnancy everything just seemed easy. I was not sick and did not have the normal pregnancy symptoms. Giving birth made me feel extremely magical and Goddess-like. I gave birth naturally with no drugs and I was only in labor for 3 hours! Yes, 3 hours!! I know crazy right? Having my son connected to me a world that was bigger than me! It also solidified my membership into the motherhood gang (It's an unspoken sisterhood amongst us moms!).
Afterwards, my body and I just were not on the same page. I did not like the way I looked, my stomach had all these stretch marks and I just couldn't heal down below. UGH!!! What happened to the magic? It definitely dissappeared. My body would not heal so that caused me to fall deeper into a funk. (POSTPARTUM is a real thing!). That made fashion blogging all the more harder! How could I be a fashion blogger if I hated the way I looked?? Exactly; it was not working out in my favor!!!
On top of all that PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) started to rear its ugly head. I could not lose the weight. I was diagnosed with it a couple years prior to pregnancy. PCOS or Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Complications include but are not limited to weight gain, missed periods and can cause a host of other complications . ( See PCOS ) Post- pregnancy I really did not manage my PCOS well, I just got on birth control to regulate my period and just hoped for the best. With excessive weight gain being a huge problem for women with PCOS, losing the "baby weight " was/is going to be extremely difficult. I felt like my body was not my friend, how can I lose this weight if medically my body won't let me? The hormonal imbalance causes you to gain but makes it SO hard for you to lose!
It drove me crazy and I sunk deeper into my depression. I stopped working out and eating right! Instead I just went about life without caring that I was unhealthy. Then in the beginning of June (2018) , I finally said enough is enough!! I had to change my diet but also implement a lifestyle change. I had to figure out how to lose this weight and feel good mentally and emotionally.
I decided to document my journey because I know that I am not the only one dealing with PCOS and its adverse affects.
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