Type 2 and Pregnant - uncontrolled number help

By C_Rubin Latest Reply 2014-01-15 20:48:39 -0600
Started 2014-01-14 11:30:19 -0600

I just joined this community and this is my first post. I'm 33 and newly pregnant (about 6 weeks). Since my early 20s I've been pre diabetic, but while getting my body ready to get pregnant I was diagnosed with straight up type 2 and put on Humalin N pen at night for fasting sugars. My day time sugars have always been a bit high, but the endo wasn't concerned about it before pregnancy. "High" as in between 130s-180s 2 hours after meals.

Now I am pregnant and my numbers aren't super crazy, but I can't get them down to the normal level. with 28-30 units of Humalin at night my fastings are in the 100s or 130s (and I've crashed a couple times at night). Not at 70-90 where they need to be. With Humalog Quickpen before meals my numbers are most always higher than 120 2 hours later. Ranging between high 120s-170s. I eat very healthy and my nutritionist has me on a very controlled diet eating more food that I prefer. I just started an even more specific diet and am hoping that this will help.

My questions:

Are these consistently elevated sugars hurting my baby? I understand that the first 13 weeks or so are crucial for sugar control because the organs are forming - yet I don't feel that I'm under control…and nervous that these numbers are too high and effecting my baby. However when they say "High sugars" maybe that means in to 200s ++ to do damage? Don't know what "high" means and If I'm in that range to have to be worried.

Has anyone else had difficulty with not staying on target during the 1st trimester and went on to have a perfectly healthy and awesome baby?

Thank so much for your thoughts. My endo is hard to reach and my OBYN won't even see me until the 8th week despite my diabetes. I just want to stop worrying…'cause it's not good for our sugars to worry!! : )

2 replies

Glucerna 2014-01-15 20:48:39 -0600 Report

Congratulations on the pregnancy and your hard work to make sure you have a healthy baby. Ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes educator who can help you figure out blood sugar management during pregnancy. As your body changes and the baby grows and develops, blood sugar levels and insulin needs will most likely also change, and it's a good idea to develop a working relationship with a diabetes educator from the beginning. The American Diabetes Association has a couple of different books on pregnancy and diabetes you might find helpful; check them out at www.diabetes.org. I really like Diabetes and Pregnancy: A guide to a healthy pregnancy for women with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

C_Rubin 2014-01-14 12:22:27 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for that info; it has already made me feel better. That sounds like quite the scary experience! So ultimately I shouldn't worry too much with my elevated numbers even if they got into the mid 200s. As long as I'm trying to get them under control now and keep them that way. It's just been going a lot slower than it'd like. Once the OBGYN doctor lets me see him (Crazy!) I'll inquire about the neonatologist. My Endo doesn't seem to have any of that information and passes the buck on to him; but maybe that's how it works. Thanks again!

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