What are the symptoms of pregnancy if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It can make it more challenging to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy. While symptoms can vary among individuals, common signs of pregnancy in women with PCOS may include:

  • Missed Menstrual Periods: Irregular menstrual cycles or missed periods are common with PCOS, so detecting a missed period can be a sign of pregnancy.
  • Positive Pregnancy Test: A positive result on a home pregnancy test can indicate pregnancy.
  • Breast Tenderness: Sensitivity or tenderness in the breasts, which can be an early sign of pregnancy.
  • Nausea and Vomiting (Morning Sickness): Feeling nauseous or vomiting, especially in the morning or at specific times during the day.
  • Fatigue: Feeling extremely tired or having low energy levels.
  • Frequent Urination: An increased need to urinate more frequently than usual.
  • Food Cravings or Aversions: Strong desires for certain foods or aversions to others.
  • Mood Swings: Emotional changes or mood swings due to hormonal shifts.
  • Increased Basal Body Temperature: A sustained increase in basal body temperature after ovulation can indicate pregnancy.

It’s important to note that having PCOS may increase the risk of certain complications during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and preterm birth. Regular prenatal care and monitoring are essential for a healthy pregnancy.

If you suspect you may be pregnant, it’s important to take a pregnancy test and consult with a healthcare professional for confirmation and appropriate prenatal care, especially if you have PCOS. A healthcare provider can offer guidance tailored to your specific situation and monitor your pregnancy to ensure the best possible outcomes for both you and your baby.