Insulin Pumps

hpjp927
By hpjp927 Latest Reply 2014-11-14 22:41:27 -0600
Started 2014-11-12 22:38:59 -0600

I've been debating which pump to get. However, I just found out I am pregnant. Is it still possible to switch while pregnant? Are there concerns that arise due to pregnancy?


4 replies

Lisa1006
Lisa1006 2014-11-13 16:38:43 -0600 Report

I already had my Minimed paradigm when I got pregnant with our last child. I did not have any complications with my pump during pregnancy and was never warned of any issues with the pump while pregnant. I would suggest you ask your Endo to prescribe a CGM as well. This will let you watch food trends in real time. Your body will react differently to foods at every stage of pregnancy, so being able to watch the reactions will allow you to have good control. My A1C was 5.3 and 5.2 during pregnancy,which I contribute to testing 10-12 times a day and a CGM. Pregnancy gives you such a HUGE incentive to have tight control. I loved being able to adjust my basal a needed and my carb ratios- both done very easily with a pump. I would definitely talk to your endo about getting a pump ASAP. I wish you the best!
Lisa

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-11-13 10:56:47 -0600 Report

I have been using a Medtronic insulin pump since 2011. I find it gives me greater flexibility than MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) to adapt to any changes in my routine. Your body is certainly changing due to your pregnancy and a pump might give you more options to adapt to that change. Alternatively, it took at least 3 months once I started pumping to get all of the settings just right for my metabolism. For that reason, I'm not sure that pregnancy is the optimal time to begin using a pump. I have a contact at Medtronic that I could put you in touch with to discuss the pros and cons and answer any questions you might have. Let me know if you wish to pursue this and I'll message you his information or they can contact you directly. (Sending you a friend request so we can message)
Hugs,
Lou