Trying to get pregnant

By optimalirish Latest Reply 2008-06-19 16:13:21 -0500
Started 2008-06-16 06:16:38 -0500

HELP!!!! I am looking for information about T1 and pregnancy. I called ADA and they sent me a bunch of stuff but only 2 things that were of any help. Does anyone know where I can get a lot of info?

22 replies

Ginacaps 2008-06-19 03:21:35 -0500 Report

Recently I had a chat at my website with Dr. Lois Jovanovic an expert in getting pregnant with type 1 diabetes this is the transcript it has some really good information.

She is out of the Sansum Diabetes Institute in Cali if you wanted to contact them to send you stuff, i bet its more useful that the ADA here is their contact info page

hope this helps


aubreyoni 2008-06-19 03:02:48 -0500 Report

I'm a type 1 diabetic. I've had 2 healthy boys and am trying for another. If your a1c is around 7, you should be healthy enough to get pregnant. During pregnancy, the key is control which means a lot of testing and probably extra insulin (by the end of my pregnancies, my insullin dosage tripled because the placenta causes you to become insulin-resistant). I saw a high-risk pregnancy ob/gyn and he took great care of me. I would send in blood sugars each week and we would make adjustments if needed. They did lots of ultra-sounds to monitor the baby's growth. And the last month or two, I went in for nst's (non-stress tests) twice a week. It's kinda a hassle at times, but totally worth it. Good luck!

Anonymous 2008-06-18 03:06:45 -0500 Report

The risk for diabetes is significantly higher when the mother rather than the father had non-insulin dependent diabetes18. Furthermore, 35% of patients with gestational diabetes are offspring of diabetic mothers compared with only 5% of normoglycaemic mothers, and gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in the offspring of diabetic mothers (35%) than in offspring of diabetic fathers (7%)19. Most convincing are the studies on Pima Indians which have shown that, besides a genetic transmission of diabetes, the diabetic intra-uterine milieu can also induce a diabetogenic tendency in the offspring. Impaired glucose tolerance is more frequent in children of mothers who had diabetes during pregnancy than in children of mothers who developed diabetes after pregnancy (33% versus 14% at age 15–19 years)20.

However, there is at this time no clear-cut explanation why children of diabetic fathers have a greater risk for type I diabetes than children of pregestational diabetic mothers21. The eosinophilic infiltration in islets of newborn babies from diabetic mothers could be a protective mechanism for the development of diabetes, since this infiltration is only seen in infants of type l diabetic mothers and not of mothers with gestational diabetes22.
..If You get pregnant what are the chances the baby will also have diabetes???No offence met in any way shape or form,but I wouldnt wish that on anyone..Just my view…

LeighG 2008-06-18 05:31:19 -0500 Report

so let me get this right your saying we should not be having babies???????
first off my mother never had and still does not have it my father did.and i bet if i listened to the docters telling me to lose weight i would not have it now.but i do and now i am making life changing moves so i can control my life.just how i feel i dont think a mother should give up having babies just because she has can be control if you take care of yourself.

Anonymous 2008-06-18 08:32:49 -0500 Report

Im saying be aware that this child will have a good chance of having diabetes the rest of his or her life..I have it also,& I go threw tough times .Are You prepared to see Your child suffer with diabetes? Thats all…Im not saying its right or wrong..

optimalirish 2008-06-18 11:36:10 -0500 Report

Just for info. I have found out the chance of the child being diabetic is less than 1%. I have 1 child, who is 10yo. She does not have diabetes. She was not planned and I would like to have a child when I am healthy, not like I was then.

LeighG 2008-06-18 12:24:06 -0500 Report

i would like to see you back up what your saying.real good proof.that the babys are at high risk to get mom never had it and i still got father brothers wife has it type 1 and has it bad she has been through ALOT and she has three very healthy kids.i understand what your saying that you dont want a child to go through it thats you though .i want more kids and i am going to have docter said i am very healthy and very much so can have more can be controled.

Anonymous 2008-06-18 14:58:04 -0500 Report

Genetics and The Environment:
Two Key Players in Who Will Develop Diabetes

The two main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. They have different causes and may require different treatment approaches. But both have one thing in common: a genetic factor. With both types of diabetes you must inherent the predisposition for diabetes (almost always from both parents) and second, something in the environment must trigger the disease.

jani 2008-06-18 16:46:38 -0500 Report

My son is a type 1 diabetic but neither my husband nor I are. Nobody on either side of our family has type 1 diabetes. There is autoimmune disease on my side of the family. So, should we have gone through our genetic backgrounds with a fine-toothed comb before conceiving? I guess we could have, but I think if you take that approach you'll never have children. ANYTHING could go wrong. The whole process of creating and bearing children is simply a miracle. But, sometimes things go wrong. Yeah, I wish I could take his diabetes away—I REALLY do. I also, wish I could take away the developmental delays my other child has—but I can't. Yet, despite all the things that can, and often do, go wrong does not change the fact that my children are the best thing that have ever happened to my husband and me. Personally, my life would be bleak without them. Maybe that is selfish on my part but I think they are pretty happy we decided to bring them into the world despite the bumps in the road we all face in this life.


morris.js 2008-06-19 00:05:36 -0500 Report

I've read no studies, nor am I in any way a medical adviser, however I can speak on personal experience. My son has some medical issues that are attributed to genetics, but even if I knew the risks before hand, I would not of let them influence the decision to have children. Despite the few issues he has, he is a tremendous asset to our community. He is intelligent, giving, thoughtful of others, and in general, an amazing young man. He is my reason for actualy taking care of myself, as I want to see the things he will accomplish. There are always risks involved with conception, but in my opinion, they are very well worth it.

CALpumper 2008-06-19 08:08:42 -0500 Report

Diagnosed T1 at 6. Neither parents have Diabetes. Grandmother on mother's side developed T2 late in life.

Just because a woman is T1 does not mean her child will "get it." It does not exactly work that way.

optimalirish: no matter what, as a T1 you will always be considered "high risk" no matter what you do to or with your body. Find a OBGYN through your Endo if you can, call around, make an appt then discuss. The best thing you can do for You is take the initiative. Go in informed then discuss with the OB.

Best place to get info? The net can only do so much for you. Look into the Library and books written by medical professionals.

Good Luck!

kdroberts 2008-06-19 01:17:00 -0500 Report

Interesting link, however it doesn't seem to have anything to back up the statements made. Without some kind of reference to studies or other research that can confirm what it says, it doesn't really mean a lot. I may have missed them so if you can tell me where they are in that article or other place then I'll take a look. Without the scientific backup it isn't a very credible source.

optimalirish 2008-06-19 05:30:18 -0500 Report

Okay, so my g.mother has 11 g.children and 12 g.g.children. My cousin and myself are the only diabetics in the family. My g. mother had 5 kids, btw. I developed T1 right after I got the chicken pox. For my cousin, I am not really sure, but I believe she had gotten some type of infection and right after became T1. I went to see a high-risk OB. He told me that there is less than 1% my child will be a diabetic. I have always felt that the chicken pox was the cause of my diabetes. It shut down my immune system and basically killed my pancreas.

LeighG 2008-06-18 01:10:54 -0500 Report

i had Gestational diabetes .(now t 2)i talked to my docters about it alot and i was high risk so i had specialist i went to as docter had someone come out to my home and help me with everything how to eat and was very helpful to have this person to talk with and i learned alot.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-18 00:59:35 -0500 Report

Congratulations on your soon to be pregnancy ! Call your local health department or OB/GYN office. They should have medical information you desire. Of course, you should also discuss this with your medical doctor, as well, so that you will be monitored more closely by both doctors (medical/primary and OB). Also, your library should have information available about Type I and pregnancy. Gestational diabetes information may help you some, if you check that category. Angie, RN, ncnurse1459

optimalirish 2008-06-18 11:33:00 -0500 Report

I am not currently pregnant. I am looking for pre-conception planning with T1. Thanks for your info.

ncnurse1459 2008-06-19 16:13:21 -0500 Report

Also, add folic aicd to your daily minerals/vitamins routine. If you aren't already taking vitamins, you can start now, take (precscribed or)over the counter prenatal vitamins, which contain all the necessary vitamins for pregnancy, so that you will already have them in your system for when you do conceive. Make sure you discuss this with your OB/GYN nad very good advice from some of these in the community. Let your OB send you to an OB Endocrinologist specialist to determine YOUR specific needs even prior to the pregnancy to ensure your baby has a good outcome and good luck ! You are thinking about this and that's a good start ! Your body will be the one that goes through the most changes during the pregnancy, after all.

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