ICYMI: Singaporean fashion influencer Velda Tan - the It girl behind local fashion brand Collate The Label - is pregnant!
But her pregnancy story hasn't been all smooth - in an Instagram post announcing her good news, she also revealed that she suffers from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which causes hormonal fluctuations, weight gain and infertility. "Eventually," she shared, "we found out that I wasn't ovulating anymore (i.e. my body stopped producing eggs for fertilisation and thus [there was] no chance of pregnancy)."
Even with medication, Velda faced "only more pain, more weight gain, and cycle after cycle of disappointment."
Fast forward a couple of years later, and she's now a mommy-to-be!
Read her inspiring Instagram post below.
Feeling so loved & very blessed. I thought I should share about my journey to pregnancy, hopefully it'll help anyone who might be in the same boat. It's gonna be a little long so bear with me!
I found out I had PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) at my first proper gynae check 5 years ago, when Fred and I got married. This condition was a result of the stress of running my first business & my genetic make. Doc told me I had to be on medication if I wanted to conceive but I didn't take it seriously then. Hormonal fluctuations, weight gain & infertility were the few byproducts of PCOS, and my condition was made worse when I had a spout of depression after I left the business. Things were pretty unstable at that time so Freddy and I put family planning on hold.
We both went on to start new businesses, and though things were back to normal, the fast paced lifestyle took a toll on our couple time & my health. Eventually we found out that I wasn't ovulating anymore (i.e. my body stopped producing eggs for fertilisation and thus no chance of pregnancy). Over the next year I was put on horrible cycles of medication to stimulate egg growth, with no result, only more pain, more weight gain, and cycle after cycle of disappointment. Life was pretty much a rollercoaster of emotions especially while trying to run a young company. Things got pretty frustrating so again, we decided to put family planning on hold. At that point my doctor didn't recommend other methods either.
I am not sure why it never occured to me to get a second opinion/diagnosis or treatment earlier but I eventually did after a friend recommended her fertility doctor, and things turned around immediately. Haha I'm not sure if you're still reading but I will save the next part for another time!
Looking back, this whole journey makes me feel extremely grateful for our little miracle. I'm soooo thankful we hung on and didn't lose faith because God works in the most marvellous ways we can never comprehend.
Anyone has PCOS too? I know it affects an average of 1 in 5 women and each condition differs. If you'd like to share- I'd love to hear your story about how you are overcoming (or overcame) it!
By Pinky Chng, July 2017
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