Pregnancy and Type 1 Diabetes

By -Chell Latest Reply 2012-05-24 15:38:46 -0500
Started 2012-05-15 02:02:50 -0500

I am about to reach my 5th month of pregnancy and I have type 1 diabetes. It's been a struggle to say the least. I'm seeing a fetal maternal specialist on top of my ob. The baby looks great. He is a normal size and no signs of birth deficits. My concern is more about my health.
We are on OHP or Oregon's medicare. I requested to see an endocrinologist as soon as I found out I was pregnant and I was told it wasn't needed. The specialist is adjusting my insulin as needed and my numbers have been awesome except for the extreme lows I keep having in the middle of the night. I used to wake up when I would hit the 55-45 range but now I'm not waking up until I'm at 27-25. It's been really scary. When we talk to my doctor about it he says that I should start showing insulin resistance any day and to wake up more times in the middle of the night to check. I am willing to do anything to make sure the baby is healthy but I don't want to end up in a comma from hypoglycemia. Does this seem normal? I am new to diabetes so maybe I just am not aware of normal lows when pregnant.

Thanks for reading and helping if you can. Sorry it's so wordy (。◕‿◕。).

5 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2012-05-24 15:38:46 -0500 Report

I just had a baby a few months ago and I too have type 1 diabetes. I had the same problem that you have in that I didn't feel my lows until they were really low. And generally I am able to feel my lows and correct them before they are dangerously low. But during my pregnancy I was not. I had to wake up several times a night as well to check. However, I was usually up anyway due to a full bladder :) . I met with my endo and a high rish ob on a regular basis and I still had a pretty big baby. But he was healhty and I had a very healthy pregnancy, so I would say that you are probably on track and to keep up the good work.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-17 21:52:08 -0500 Report

Maybe set the alarm to wake up and eat a small snack, or drink some orange juice (small amount) if you don't want to get out of bed. This will help with the lows and keep you from worrying so much. Don't worry about asking questions, we are here for you and want you and the baby to be healthy and happy:)

-Chell 2012-05-15 13:48:22 -0500 Report

Thanks! I will check into getting a reference to an endo. Last night was the first time I was able to catch it at 40. I set three alarms through the night and the second was perfect. Thanks again for your help and support. I'm glad it wasn't too wordy too.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2012-05-15 11:28:52 -0500 Report

With all 3 of my pregnancies I had lows at some point. I had to actually lower my insulin doses around 5&6 months and then increase it when I was closer to the emd. The hormones from being pg really affect our insulin (also a hormone). EVERY time I was pregnant, I was told to see an Endo. They are best at adjusting your insulin and making changes. Not a MFM dr. You should be seeing a High risk MFM dr, AND an Endo for the best outcome for you and baby. I would also check it before you go to bed and eat a snack before going to sleep. Also get up at least once (mainly when u notice your having the lows) and check your sugar. Even if you set an alarm. Hypoglycemia can affect the baby and cause them to be born Hypoglycemic.

JSJB 2012-05-15 03:38:07 -0500 Report

It is not to wordy. Sometimes we need to talk to relax that is what I do. Congrats on the new baby.