Pregnancy and T1 diabetes

By tusbaby2000 Latest Reply 2014-03-30 19:52:49 -0500
Started 2009-02-22 05:49:53 -0600

I have been diabetic since 1996, i have one daughter whom i gave birth to in 1994 before i became diabetic. I had a difficult labor then even though i was just 20yrs old.

I am now planning another pregnancy and the doctor says i may need fertility pills and there's a chance i could have twins. I am so afraid of being pregnant with diabetes of over 10yrs especially after watching the movie STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Has any one ever had kids after 10 years of diabetes and how healthy is it to have twins with T1 of over 10yrs. Any insight will be helpful. Thanks.

10 replies

Melissa Shannon
Melissa Shannon 2014-03-30 19:52:49 -0500 Report

So sorry you had to see that awful movie: STEEL MAGNOLIAS… one word… Outdated!

Women with type one diabetes can definitely have healthy pregnancies and babies… it may take extra work but I can attest it is well worth all the efforts.

Last year my husband and I had our first baby and it was worth every extra doctor appointment and every finger poke.

We are now planning our next pregnancy… hope you'll check out my pregnancy and type one diabetes website at:

Melissa Shannon

rbergman 2009-02-26 08:25:54 -0600 Report

Hi there, I get newsletters all the time in emails from different sites about diabetes and various issues involved with diabetes. Today I received one about Pregnancy and Diabetes that I though might have some information you could use or give you idea's of what to ask your doctor. Here is the URL for it:

2009-02-22 20:09:20 -0600 Report

I got gestational diabetes when I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter. That was my first experience with diabetes. I don't know if I can help you, but one thing I do know, if you have diabetes, and don't attend to it, the chances of having a sickly, fat baby are greater than if you don't. I hate using the word 'fat', but that's what the doc used with me. Obviously, you can't inject in your tummy, so the arms and legs get alot of injections. Let me know if this helped at all!! Take care!

tusbaby2000 2009-03-08 16:18:17 -0500 Report

Thanks a lot. I wasn't aware that you couldn't inject on your tummy when pregnant. That has been the best site for me as my thighs get sore easily. Thanks once again and i hope you had a healthy baby.

tusbaby2000 2009-03-08 16:18:29 -0500 Report

Thanks a lot. I wasn't aware that you couldn't inject on your tummy when pregnant. That has been the best site for me as my thighs get sore easily. Thanks once again and i hope you had a healthy baby.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-13 08:36:45 -0500 Report

Just an FYI … I did inject into my tummy in the beginning. When my belly got too big and stretched out - somewhere around the thrid trimenster I quit - moved to the arms and legs.

I was gestational for 2 pregnancies, started shots at 20 wks for one and 10 wks for the other. Tight, thight control is the key. Good luck!

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-02-22 09:36:59 -0600 Report

I haven't had children yet, but I will start my family in the next couple of years. I have had diabetes since the time I was 11 years old, so I've had it for 15 years now and done a lot of thinking concerning pregnancy and diabetes.

First of all, with diabetes, you'll probably want to get a high risk OBGYN. You'll also want to stay in constant communications with your diabetic doctor, before and after getting pregnant. You should have good control of your levels before getting pregnant — if you can't control it without the pregnancy and hormones, its going to be very hard to control it with the pregnancy. Discuss with your diabetic doctor what constitutes good control for you.

I have known diabetics who have had their own children. They are limited in number and have to be extra careful — poor control of your diabetes can not only affect you, but your child as well. Steel Magnolias was filmed many years back at a time when diabetes was still a mystery on many levels. Don't let that scare you off.

Another thing you may consider is checking with your insurance about a CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System) during pregnancy. While my insurance doesn't pay for one all the time, I have been told that they will cover one through a pregnancy to help keep control tight and danger to you and the baby down.

The long and the short? From all I've learned, its doable, and is done all the time — you just have to be more careful than a person without a chronic illness. Good luck!

MeiMei 2009-03-09 10:40:20 -0500 Report

Ditto on all of the above. Also the chances of having congenital anomalies increases with uncontrolled diabetes. the operative word here is uncontrolled. Keep your sugars in control before and during pregnancy and you should have not problems.

rbergman 2009-02-22 08:44:40 -0600 Report

I have not had this experience, I do know that my doctor's told me (I'm a Type 2 diagnosed when my daughter was 9mo old) that with my age, and being a diabetic he would warn against me having any more children, it was a simple decision for us though as we were not planning to have any more children, I was 32 at the time.
I wish you the best of luck there is no greater gift than a child, however in your case I would talk to all the healthcare professionals I could, get all the information available before making that decision. May I ask why they say you would need fertility drugs? Are they saying diabetes has made you infertile?
Best of Luck,

tusbaby2000 2009-03-13 05:24:18 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply. I have not really been active here for awhile i was down in health and my sugars have been acting up a lot lately.