By melissa1987 Latest Reply 2014-12-22 14:15:40 -0600
Started 2013-01-23 15:21:41 -0600

Hey guys
I just found out I'm preg and I'm scared to death cuz I'm a type 1 diabetic . Can some woman that had a baby with type 1 help me out here. I have a doctors appointment the January 31 but until then I only have the web . I would just like to know can the baby be healthy if my sugar is under control? I'm excited but scared too. N should I up my insulin or leave it alone? Scared n confused here please help me out n what should I eat?

14 replies

Cattaztrophie 2014-12-22 14:15:40 -0600 Report

My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and I have some similar questions. It is super important to keep your blood sugars in control, because if they run out of whack it increases the chance that your child will become diabetic. Even with controlled sugars, its 50/50 they will get diabetes sometime in their life. Are you using a CGM? I would eat healthy foods, just as any pregnant woman should. Make sure you are testing more often than you ever have before!

lilbit2012 2013-01-25 20:34:28 -0600 Report

I just had a baby on last year and my baby weighted 6lbs. 5ozs. I had gestational diabetes after I had my daughter my diabetes did not go away at all. What I am try to tell you is to continually eat right without cheating while pregnant and you will have a chance for your baby and yourself coming out healthy through your pregnancy. The reason why I have diabetes is because I cheated a little throughout my pregnancy so don't cheat. Congratulations !!!!!

JSJB 2013-01-25 11:27:08 -0600 Report

Congratulations, I'm sure when you tell your doctor he will put you on a program to help. Keep us informed.

melissa1987 2013-01-24 21:22:52 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone I'm so excited :)

pixsidust 2013-01-25 11:18:18 -0600 Report

Let us know if you find out if its a girl or boy and what names you pick out. Now more than ever you have reason to take care of yourself for an eternity… for someone will always need you and love you. Even when their grown!

diabetesfree 2013-01-24 07:04:12 -0600 Report

I have two friends that are Type 1 diabetics, and neither of them had any serious problems with their pregnancies. Well. there is the whole morning sickness thing, but that's not exactly restricted to diabetics. Good luck, and congratulations!

pixsidust 2013-01-24 00:48:00 -0600 Report

Congratulations! Melissa as others have stated its a juggling act to keep your sugar right but you can have a perfectly healthy baby. Put away alcohol though to also ensure the best health for both of you!

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-01-23 18:23:20 -0600 Report

I had a baby a year ago in Feb and I have type 1. He is perfectly healthy. I am not going to lie, it is a challenge to keep your blood sugars under control. Pregnancy does funny things to your body and will mess up your blood sugars no matter what you do. I think the key is testing your blood sugar a lot. If you are testing every couple of hours you will know if you need to give more insulin or not. I met with my endocrinologist every month to adjust my insulin levels. I also had a high risk OB that specialized in diabetic pregnancies. Don't worry, if you have good control now, and continue to work at it you and your baby will be fine. As J Kate mentioned below, don't make drastic changes without discussing it with your doctor.

MAYS 2013-01-23 15:54:17 -0600 Report

You should discuss your pregnancy and diabetes with your medical team, meanwhile the best thing that you can do is to monitor, and manage your diabetes as well as you possibly can, keep in contact with your diabetes medical team and your other doctor(s) (Ob/Gyn) monitor and document your progress throughout your pregnancy up until your moment of childbirth (it's something great to look back on as the years pass).

I wish for you a healthy pregnancy!

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J Kate
J Kate 2013-01-23 15:51:11 -0600 Report

No worries. My sister had three babies and she is type 1. She worked hard to keep her BG's as good as possible but she struggled with it often. All the babies were born healthy as can be. The only issue I know of is that most babies born to type 1 mom's have a higher birth weight. While not so fun for mom, I think this is a plus for the baby. Studies prove that chubby babies have a higher IQ. ;) I wouldn't make any changes to your insulin without talking to your doctor. Keep your head up, and congratulations.