Ladies.....metformin and pregnancy

By DanaLynn Latest Reply 2010-01-06 15:27:05 -0600
Started 2010-01-03 11:29:48 -0600

I was put on metformin for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (and I do have diabetes). My sugar numbers are down, I've lost 20 pounds, and I'm fixing to go off the Byetta so I can start trying to have a baby now that the Metformin has regulated all my female issues.

Question…I read it's safe to take Metformin while pregnant. Anyone have experience taking it and being pregnant?

20 replies

80sgirl71 2010-01-03 22:29:17 -0600 Report

Hi! I have been type 2 for 4 years. I became pregnant a few months after I was diagnosed. I took metformin the entire time I was pregnant. My doctor said it was safe. I did have to start taking insulin shots to make sure my blood sugar levels were stable and under control. But I had a healthy baby girl who will be three years old tomorrow. Good luck!

giojuju 2010-01-04 10:48:32 -0600 Report

happy bday to ur lil girl. congratulations

DanaLynn 2010-01-04 11:10:13 -0600 Report

Were you taking Metformin and insulin at the same time? Did you stop taking insulin after her birth?

80sgirl71 2010-01-04 16:10:05 -0600 Report

Yes I took metformin and insulin during my pregnancy. The only down fall to the whole situation is that I have to continue to take insulin after the pregnancy. But it is not that big of a deal. I take two pen shots a day of lantus. Lantus is long lasting insulin and helps my oral meds keep my sugar levels stable. Since you have been taking byetta, it is about the same as that. Only your doctor can decided what option is best for you during your pregnancy. A little advice if you do become pregnant, look for a doctor who specializes in high risk pregnancy. They will be a lot more prepared to handle your medical condition and medical questions Don't let the thought of becoming insulin dependent frighten you. After my little girl was born, I was under an incredible amount of stress, and also had to have her taken by surgery, and had my tubes tied. So my body was totally out of whack. I will be glad to discuss any concerns you have. Take Care!

DanaLynn 2010-01-04 20:13:42 -0600 Report

starting insulin and having to continue is a concern. Is it always that way…if you start, you don't stop? I don't know anything about the insulin.

My OBGYNs are very knowledgeable about diabetes but I'll make sure to check and find out more on them. Good tip.

I do want one more child. I really want a girl. I have three boys. I think it would all be worth it for one more baby.

I'm going to do some more research on all this. Thanks!!!

giojuju 2010-01-06 08:53:09 -0600 Report

did u have any other complications? i want to have another baby since i only have a 5 yr old boy but it really scares me and my husband alot. when i was pregnant wit my lil boy i had so many complication thru out the whole pregnancy and supposibly i was very healthy now that i have d2 it scares me even more because i imagine so many scary things. im only about to turn 26 in a couple of weeks n i think im so young to stay wit just 1 son even thou we know we can adopt a child someday but thats a long and complicated process. how was ur pregnancy?

DanaLynn 2010-01-06 11:53:44 -0600 Report

My other three pregnancies were great. I was borderline diabetic during my last one, 10 years ago. I lost my last baby, a few weeks along. Probably from the Polycystic Ovarian stuff. I've had a hard time getting pregnant.

My diabetic doc tells me that having diabetes while pregnant can cause you to have fat babies…all my babies were fat anyway! lol He encouraged me to get pregnant, but only after I got my levels under control and lost a little weight. So far I've lost 20 lbs in 4 months. My numbers are good. I talk with him again this month and see where we go from here. My only concern is having to take meds while pregnant. I don't like medications to begin with…I'd rather go the natural route. But, you have to do what you have to do sometimes.

My husband and I want to adopt as well as have one more child. I've always wanted to adopt since I was a little girl.

giojuju 2010-01-06 12:18:19 -0600 Report

yeah ive heard that babies are born super large but i wonder why? what makes them get so big? should it be the insulin? even tho they say theres not really other concerns it still scares me to get pregnant.

DanaLynn 2010-01-03 20:16:55 -0600 Report

I know Byetta causes birth defects in the bones…according to my doctor. He was very strict about not getting preg while on it. We didn't talk about Metformin. But I do have an appointment with him this month. Just trying to get the facts before I decide what to do.

giojuju 2010-01-03 18:01:53 -0600 Report

i ask that to my dr and he said that everyone is different that insulin is the best take but it all depends on how well controled ur bs are. so just to make sure ask ur dr

DanaLynn 2010-01-03 20:14:42 -0600 Report

My bs is doing great. I tested a high at 350 (glucose test) when I found out I had diabetes, still thinking I was Hypoglycemic. My highs now are in the normal ranges of what's high. I don't go over. Thank goodness. I've really been watching what I eat which I know helps.

Janie McBride
Janie McBride 2010-01-03 15:09:15 -0600 Report

My daughter had GD and was initially put on insullin. She had a reaction to a component in the insullin and her endocronologist put her on Metformin (1000mg ~ once daily). This was at the point in pregnancy that they test you for GD (24 weeks maybe?).

As always, ask your doctor, or see an endocronologist in addition to your OB while you are pregnant if you do not already.

Good Luck!

kdroberts 2010-01-03 14:14:15 -0600 Report

You've actually asked the million dollar question. It's something you will have to talk to your doctor about and then decide. It used to be that it was recommended not to take metformin at all then it was only take it for the first 12 weeks then some studies showed it was OK to take it the whole time. Really you should be prepared to take insulin as most doctors recommend only taking metformin for the first 12 weeks and being pregnant often makes it very hard to control blood sugar. However you may be one of the lucky few who's control becomes easier during pregnancy and they pretty much become non-diabetic for the duration of the pregnancy.

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