pregnancy? Is it safe?

By Danni-the-diabetic Latest Reply 2010-02-03 03:31:49 -0600
Started 2010-01-06 21:46:11 -0600

Okay! So I am 24 years old and have had uncontrolled diabetes for 12 years, since I was diagnosed. Very recently I have started taking control though. I WANT TO CARRY A CHILD!! My kidneys and liver are all good (prase God!), so that's a plus. I am just worried, my mom has scared me because one of her favorites movie, since before I was diagnosed, is Steel Magnolias…I understand the risks and why she is worried but I want so badly to experience carrying a child. Does anyone have advice for me? Does anyone have children? and if so how did or how are you doing??

31 replies

Sugarmommy 2010-02-01 10:57:23 -0600 Report

All good advice so far here. I have had type 1 for 24 years and have a two-year-old. I was in pretty poor control for years, esp. during my teens and 20s, but I got in the best control I could before getting pregnant; I went to the Joslin in Boston. My doc said to get my A1c below 7, and ideally around 6.5 or lower, before getting pregnant. During pregnancy, it's like a whole different disease, but if you work closely with your doc, you can do it! My daughter was big, 9 lbs 6 oz, at birth, but big babies run in my hubby's family. She's perfectly healthy, and I'm fine too, after a somewhat difficult birth because of bloating (pre-eclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy; more commom in diabetics). No long-term harm, though. Learn all you can, get in good control, and when you feel it's right, go for it! Good luck! P.S. a couple of blogs on the topic:;; and my own,

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-03 03:31:49 -0600 Report

Thanks, I'll check those out. Were you hospitalized alot? My Doc told me that I prob would have to be. She's a nurse practitioner, not a endroconologist, but she's been taking care of me for about 10 years now, and she knows that my blood sugars have never been the best, until just recently, but they're still bumpy. But I am sure all experiences are different..

CeeLou 2010-01-27 15:54:26 -0600 Report

I am kind of in the same boat as you. I'm 28, type 1 diabetic for 16 years, and for me, good blood sugar control comes in phases. Recently, since nearing 30, I've been playing with the idea and possibility of having a child. Normally the idea terrifies me! The comments above have given me reassurance, as I'm sure they have for you, too. My goal is to get a pump, then prior to conception, keep tight control for min. 6 mo.
Follow the great advice above and from Dr.'s and you'll do great! Best of Luck.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-03 03:27:46 -0600 Report

Yes, they have reassured me and with that I am more encouraged, rather than discouraged about the idea of having a baby. We got diagnosed around the same age too and thinking the same thing about having a child, we could be support buddies through this.
I was on a pump when I was 14, it was great, but my stomach kept breaking out into a rash from where I injected it, guess I was a little allergic to it. But you will love it, I am sure. And best of luck to you too!

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-13 15:18:09 -0600 Report

Thank you all for your replys, im not prenant yet, but hope to be…I guess in a year from im single as it is :)

jsnowden 2010-01-15 14:35:12 -0600 Report

It's funny you mentioned Steel Magnolias because that's exactly what my mom thought of and based all her fears on when I told her I was pregnant at 23. You've gotten a lot of great advice so far. I, myself, along with my husband wanted to have a baby at a younger age before any complications set in among many other things. I do agree that you need to get your sugars under control before you conceive. Even then you must realize that it takes a lot more work to take care of yourself while pregnant. There are more things to worry about b/c of a high risk pregnancy, but if you work closely with your doctors you really have nothing to fear. I'd also like to add that it is true that diabetics are prone to having large babies. It just doesn't have to be that way. My son was born with a perfectly healthy weight of 7lbs 7oz. He had a low blood sugar immediately after birth, which is normal, but other than that he was and has continued to be a perfectly healthy boy. I was fearful about my own health but made it through without any complications. It's unfortunate that we can't have carefree pregnancies like a lot of other women, but you should release yourself of any fear of safety provided you do all the things mentioned here and above. Good luck!

SHING 2010-01-12 18:46:48 -0600 Report

HI, It was suggested to me 28 years ago, that one should be in good control for a year before getting pregnant. Although my son is now 28 my pregnancy was hard. I was not in good control, was hospitalized 5 different times, took loads of insulin night & day, and my son was delivered by c-section 8lbs 3oz. Not to scare you, but please be in the very best control before getting pregnant. Best of Luck to you and your future baby!!!

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-07 22:51:59 -0600 Report

Thank you all for your advice. I did hear that diabetics have bigger babies, I didnt know that high blood sugars increase that. I am actually taking prenatals, just to get the vitamins, they are my roommates leftovers from her baby. That should be ok, right?

holisticdebra 2010-01-10 16:42:51 -0600 Report

sure also use raspberry tea to help tone ur uterus and keep from miscarriage. I have used this on other clients in high risk pregnancies and the results were great. God bless u in ur journey.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-10 17:13:45 -0600 Report

Raspberry tea!? I dont like raspberry flavored stuff, but if it will help with that than I will be drinking that on a daily basis!

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-11 21:35:25 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info. I am going to add the raspberry tea and liver detox on my "to buy" list - their seems to be so much on my list since I have started talking to everybody here…but it's all good! :)

holisticdebra 2010-01-13 15:05:49 -0600 Report

if u r already pregnant u should wait for the liver detox, cause u don't want to dump to many toxins in ur blood stream @ one time. u should really find a holistic practitioner that can help u. raspberry tea is fine as it is for toning with no side effects.(organic)

holisticdebra 2010-01-07 17:28:28 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes when I had my first son third child and had one more son after him with no problems. I controlled everything with herbs and diet. My son had jaundice when he was born so I make him cleanse his liver regular now that he is older as I feel responsible for his health. I struggle with weight but I'm on the down hill slope with that now. I think once I lose all the baby fat (lol) I'll feel much better and not have to worry as much about the diabetes. God Bless you and ur child He will help c u through the whole process anyway.

racheltroy 2010-01-07 17:47:48 -0600 Report

definately check with your docs but also do some research. a lot of natural remedies should be taken in accournt as well. but definately check with your dr before taking any natural prenatal pills etc. (and yes prenatal pills can be taken before you even get pregnant not just before the baby is born.. there's no point in taking pills to fix a defficiency if you can prevent the defficiency to begin with..)

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-07 22:54:02 -0600 Report

does jaundice effect your liver? My neice had it, but it cleared up I guess, she had to sleep under a light…my other nephew had it too…but my neice died last year from a rare condition, that's why I ask…

holisticdebra 2010-01-10 16:38:48 -0600 Report

yes jaundice effects the liver that is y we cleanse r livers regularly.

holisticdebra 2010-01-11 18:46:21 -0600 Report

u can go to and order liver detoxes there, I use these products on clients, fami;y, friends and myself all the time. Start slow by cutting the reccomended dose to a 1/4 till u know how u will react to the detox than increase a little each day.

giojuju 2010-01-07 16:59:41 -0600 Report

just check with ut dr and do as said to get on the right path n once u are controled u can become pregnant n have healthy babies.

kdroberts 2010-01-07 10:46:53 -0600 Report

Don't take Steel Magnolias as gospel, it's a pretty bad portrayal of diabetes.

Realistically being diabetic and pregnant all depends on how well you control your blood sugar. The risk is far, far greater to the baby than to the mother. If you can keep very tight control, your doctor will likely want very tight control as close to normal as you can get, then you should be OK.

I would say that 24 is kind of young and it will be hard to manage diabetes with everything associated with pregnancy. Since you have only started to manage your diabetes I would recommend you put it off for a few years and really get a grip on your diabetes so you will have a much easier time controlling it when you are pregnant.

kraftymom 2010-01-07 11:30:28 -0600 Report

I was 23 when I had my daughter , & my diabetes at the time was not in control but from the help of my doctors I was able to control it. You just have to check in with ur doctors, through out my pregnancy I was terrified but I was told that I would just have to keep things in check & follow doctors orders & I did. I now have a thriving 10 yr old girl & Im thinking of having another. Good luck on ur decision…

sweething 2010-01-07 07:53:35 -0600 Report

You need to coordinate your care between your endocrinologist and your OB. You need to be in good control. I had a 9lb. 8oz. daughter, and was only pre-diabetic, so you want your BS to stay in control while pregnant. Believe me, you do not want your baby that large! She had problems during her first few days, but she's 30 now, and doing great. Had anyone told me I was pre-diabetic she could have been spared any problems. Just make sure your endo and ob say you are in good condition and ready for a pregnancy. They will monitor you very closely if they are good doctors.

Monalisa 2010-01-07 12:31:52 -0600 Report

High BG = BIIGG babies!, When I was pregnant I did not know I had gestational diabetes niether did the dr. so I had an enormous belly and the dr said it was mostly water (HA, HA!) I had a 12 lb baby boy and he was so big he couldn't even feed he was in NICU for about a month until he learned how to suck on a bottle, today he 29 and grew up perfectly normal thank god! so my advice for you is that if you do indeed decide to get pregnant keep your BG under strict control with the help of your Drs. so that you can enjoy your pregnancy and your bunle of joy. Good luck and God bless you. Hugs…LISA

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