trying to conceive while having diabetes

ky gerts
By ky gerts Latest Reply 2015-01-06 13:33:33 -0600
Started 2014-11-30 17:09:49 -0600

Me and my husband just got married this year and we are trying to conceive. Im 28 years old and have been t1d for 16 years. It hasnt been an easy road for me. My a1c is not good I Dont Really Watch Myself that well. I guess u can say I have givin up for a long time but now that we want a baby im finding it very hard to break these horrible hobbits. I need someone to talk to and that will understand what im going though. Any helpful advice would be amazing right now. Thank you


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notmaiden
notmaiden 2015-01-06 13:33:33 -0600 Report

You will need to come to realize that you will "brew" your babies big because you're t1. I'm in the same boat as you. I have had two children.
You have to manage your sugars really well and even with that you are likely to have your child early and they will need to be on a drip after they are born. Nature of the beast their pancreas will work some for you during the later months of pregnancy. I had both my kids early. 1st one was 30 days early weighing 9 lbs 15 oz and 2nd was 27 days weighing 8lbs 13 oz.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-12-01 06:50:13 -0600 Report

That is great! Having children is a true blessing (though sometimes you might question that, LOL) and I think to break a "hobbit" you will need a wizard or something. (sorry, I couldn't resist)

I don't know what your specific issues are of your self care and I cannot put myself in your shoes. That has to be a very rough place to be. Perhaps you could help yourself by looking at it as a comparison. Maybe you could look at a poor food choice versus a little girl in pig tails. Or maybe not getting some exercise versus that new baby smell of a little boy. Kind of use your desire to have a baby to guide you in better choices. Once you get started, it can snowball into great things. Not just for you, but for your new hubby as well.

If you're willing to get allow your husband to be a coach, I bet he would help a lot. Specially when it's something you both want. And when you are not wanting to listen to him or do what he's suggesting, he could hold up a pair of little booties as a reminder of what you both desire.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-12-01 10:46:10 -0600 Report

I saw that too but couldn't think of a way to mention that without being off-putting. Excellent response!

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2014-12-01 03:34:09 -0600 Report

Congrats on your new marriage and the idea of a new baby.
This is the perfect time to start taking care of your health. If you haven't already done so, you might want to make an appt with your endo soon to see what you can start doing to get things back under control med wise. Also, get an appt with a dietician and talk about your dietary needs for now while you are thinking about getting pregnant and wanting to get your numbers back under control, and also start talking about things you will need to plan for for when you do conceive.
You really do need to watch every little thing you eat. I mean you have to be super conscious of your diet especially the carbs.
If you've formed some bad habits, and it sounds like you have, pick one or two that you want to change and work on that and master that one or two, and then move on to the next one. Don't overwhelm yourself or your apt to go back to all the bad habits again.
Going into a pregnancy, well, I'm sure you already know this, but, with high A1c, is not only bad for you, but bad for the baby. So please take care of yourself, starting today, right now !
Good luck and HUGS, Heidi

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-11-30 22:21:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Ky
WELCOME to DC!

I am T 2 and am a guy, but I understand the desire to have a child and commend you for wanting. This may well be what turns it around for you as far as caring for yourself. Because when you care for yourself, you are also caring for your little one.

I have had 3 sons throughout my lifetime and with each my wife got gestational diabetes. Each time the GD resolved once she delivered but we stopped at 3. We wanted a girl, but was afraid to chance another pregnancy lest she slip into T 2 during her pregnncy. (I didn't have T 2 at the time but her mother did.)

If I were you I would start a new chapter of your life and change your way of eating. I did that 3 + yrs ago and started eating a high protein, low carb (not no carb) meal plan. I was able to discontinue my twice daily injections of NPH insulin (I know as a T 1 you can't do that) all the while maintaining a BG (blood glucose) level of 8o0 to 130 mg/dl, and achieved an A1c of 5.5% and lost 65 lbs over a 5 mo period. I have written up that particular meal plan as a discussion and if you are interested in perusing it, all you need do is ask for it.

It would be a new lifestyle for a new life together as newlyweds. I have a fiancee` and we plan on moving in together when she moves here from TX this coming summer, so I kinda know the feeling.

If you are unable to learn how to care better for yourself, how will you be able to care for a little one? Even if you do successfully get pregnant you will want to watch the little one grow up and perhaps give you grands. You can do that so much better if you take care of yourself.

Praying for Improved health for you and yours

James

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