Margaret Corzo

My PCOS journey
newborn baby wrapped in a blanket

My journey to becoming a mother has been filled with its own unique challenges and surprises. Diagnosed with PCOS in my mid-twenties and constantly being told by various specialists that getting pregnant would be “an impossibility without ongoing medical treatments”. I decided not to follow the conventional Western medicine path, due to an over prescription of drugs that had extremely dubious side effects and a number of personal reasons. As I was getting older, I began worrying about my chances of actually having a child, which I felt was also putting a strain on my relationship.

About two years ago, my fiancée started seeing Miranda for another type of treatment, and he encouraged me to see her for my PCOS, depression and tiredness, in an attempt to get pregnant. I had only been menstruating once or twice a year if I was lucky. I didn’t fully realise how important a holistic approach to my health could make such as difference to how my body was functioning.

Throughout my consultations, we had trialled various herbal and homeopathic remedies to suit my needs. I had to tackle my own limitations and restrictions that I had placed on myself, which held me back from becoming pregnant. Within six months I was ovulating regularly on a two-month cycle. For the first time in my life I had felt normal and ‘womanly’, as I had never had a regular cycle since I began menstruating.

Then, in January of this year, all of a sudden it all stopped and I felt as though I had taken a giant step backwards. I began questioning myself: Had I taken the herbals as directed? Had I eaten well? Was I exercising enough to maintain the success that I had been having?The more I tried to do the ‘right’ thing, the more weight I seemed to be gaining. Months went by, with me feeling ‘different’ not sick or queasy, just not the same. So in late April, I decided to listen to the little voice that had been hounding me for about a month and a half; it was telling me that I could be pregnant. I took a pregnancy test, even though my partner said it was a waste of money. As you could guess, it was positive! Still in disbelief, my beautiful partner didn’t believe it, and suggested that we wait for a couple of hours and do it again to be sure. A few hours later, and sure enough, I was still pregnant. But after waiting for so long I think he didn’t want to build up hope. To be honest, I don’t think either of us really believed it until that first scan, which was 16 weeks in to my pregnancy.

I had completely bypassed the first trimester without any dramas and found out I was pregnant at 15 weeks; which I believe was a blessing; especially, after reading so many negative stories about women with PCOS getting pregnant and possible complications in their first trimester. I believe that we have been fortunate to share our journey with Miranda, her insight, dedication and patience throughout my treatment has made all the difference. And thanks to her help, we look forward to welcoming our little daughter into the world in October.

Margaret Corzo