Prepping to TTC with type 2 diabetes.

By Kira_xo Latest Reply 2010-02-03 14:18:51 -0600
Started 2010-02-03 01:54:54 -0600

Well, My son is almost a year old. My husband and I have decided we would like our children two-three years apart from one another. While we are not trying for our second child just yet, We have discussed the decision a lot lately. We would like to start trying come July/August. It took us 10 months to conceive our first child so I am prepared for a bit of a wait with conception. But my main question is to you ladies who decided to start trying for a baby with type two diabetes. What did you do before you started trying? Were you able to take metformin (or any other diabetes meds) thru your pregnancy? What kind of check ups did you schedule before you started trying? Any helpful facts I should know? I was not a diabetic before I got pregnant with my son. I actually developed gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, and instead of going away it turned into type two diabetes. Any comments or suggestions would be really appreciated. I would really like to hear from people who have gone thru this so I can get a good idea about what I am up against. Thank you!

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2010-02-03 08:38:10 -0600 Report

Kira, I would suggest foregoing any information, but the information you receive from a licensed physician. Each doctor is different. There are those who say No to TTC and there are those who will say YES and they will work with you closely. Each woman's case is different.

Kira_xo 2010-02-03 14:18:51 -0600 Report

Well I def plan on talking to both my physicians before starting to TTC. No doubt about that, But I would really like to hear other women's stories about their TTC journey with type two diabetes. What they had to go thru, and what I should expect. Thats the whole reason for my post.

Thanks for your imput tho. If a doctor told me "no" to TTC then I would find another doctor who is willing to work with me. Simple as that. I am not going to let the fact that I have diabetes hold me back from having more children.

MAYS 2010-02-03 06:24:42 -0600 Report

Here are some links to sites explaining Pregnancy and Metformin, and some info also, (consult your doctor on this info), I hope that this is helpful :

(Information Warning)

PREGNANCY WARNING. Many women use metformin in their pursuit of a successful pregnancy. However, Glucophage is a category B drug, meaning its safety for use while pregnant has not been established. It is found in breast milk so it's not advisable to breast feed while taking Glucophage.

ANEMIA. By preventing optimal absorption of vitamins B12 and folic acid, metformin could induce or contribute to megaloblastic anemia.(23) Megaloblastic anemia occurs when your bone marrow doesn't have enough B vitamins to manufacture red blood cells. Your bone marrow then releases immature and dysfunctional red blood cells into circulation.

Although anemia is not common among people taking metformin, it remains a risk for those whose B12 and folic acid levels were already low when metformin therapy was started.


dyanne 2010-02-03 04:45:21 -0600 Report

hi, well fist i would make sure your sugars are in the best control possible before u conceive. when i was gestational u had to only take insulin no oral meds. this was 19 years ago so of course the best thing is to speak to your doctor for the best info. of course the better your sugar the better for mom and baby… best of luck to u when the time comes
and i would always recommend taking folic acid before conception it is very important.

MAYS 2010-02-03 02:19:56 -0600 Report

I am a male so I won't comment on Gestational Diabetes from a females point of view because I can't, but this site (DC) and the women here will surely be of a great help.
I expect to learn a great deal from the comments and advice given on this post for future reference.

As a parent myself, I wish you the best on whatever decision you choose.

You can also check out this site listed below :

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