Having children..

By Brittany<3 Latest Reply 2013-10-01 00:01:26 -0500
Started 2013-09-24 15:26:52 -0500

So, I've been trying really hard to get some feedback on this topic. When I was 13 my endocrinologist told me I basically couldn't have kids. He was kinda a tough guy and may have told me that to scare me into behaving. I'm not sure. But I'm 20 now and I would like to start a family and it's proving to be more difficult than I thought diabetes aside. I was wondering if anyone had anything they could share about getting pregnant & having type 1, being pregnant & having type one. Anything really recently I did see one article on Facebook about like 6 plus sides to having type one in the first trimester or something so I know it can be done. Any just stories even would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much.

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nanaandme 2013-10-01 00:01:26 -0500 Report

I also was told that I couldn't have children. I was stubborn enough to try anyway. I have 2 daughters! With the help of you Ob and diabetes doc you can have healthy babies. Make sure to keep your A1c in the 6 range. That alone will make all the difference. Keep up your walking (exercise)as well and you should do just fine.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-09-30 20:17:18 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed type 1 When my youngest was 2…6 months later my MD and OB/GYN both said I was in such good control of my BG I could get pregnant of I wanted to. My Endo said my kids only have a 5% chance of developing type 1, so I shouldn't worry about that. The biggest warning they gave me was that I had to be diligent in keeping my sugar in check, and would likely go on a pump while pregnant.

My husband and I are thinking about going for #3, and aren't worried about me being type 1 at all. I trust my doctors and know many women who had great experiences as diabetics.

Mamaredux 2013-09-30 11:46:58 -0500 Report

Brittany, I too have Type 1 and I gave birth to a healthy baby boy when I was 38 (he was born with a cleft palate but that is not related to diabetes!). I was monitored regularly and my A1c was the best it has ever been.
You do have to be more vigilant than usual but you can do it, I am sure. I wish you the best of luck.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2013-09-26 21:00:13 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 11, and was told pretty much the same thing. But times have changed, and if you have good control there is no reason why you can't have a perfectly healthy pregnancy and birth. I have had one baby and am currently pregnant with my second. My first pregnancy was healthy and my son is perfectly healthy. You do have to be very diligent in your diabetes management and work closely with your doctors, but many women living with type 1 diabetes have had healthy pregnancies and births.

ShellyLargent 2013-09-25 16:58:56 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed while I was 4 months pregnant with my daughter. I had to just make sure that my blood sugars were kept under strict control. I had to go in and see my OB/GYN more often than a normal pregnancy and they monitored me and my daughter a lot more closely than with a normal pregnancy, but she was born healthy and is perfectly healthy now at 12 years old. The main concern with a diabetic mother is that if your blood sugars are not controlled and kept in a normal range, then the baby's mass grows faster than it's development.

kimfing 2013-09-24 16:06:34 -0500 Report

Wishing you luck. I dont have any input as I was recently diagnosed and I am DONE having kids. There is a recent article on this website about diabetes and pregnancy. Don't know if it would pertain.