Pregnant with Diabetes

By Bcsgurl07 Latest Reply 2010-12-26 19:45:37 -0600
Started 2010-02-23 15:01:01 -0600

Is there anyone else that is Pregnant & Diabetic? It's difficult enough being Diabetic alone, but I'm now 5 months pregnant and worried about having a healthy baby. Some insight would be appreciated! =)

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tinahall1980 2010-12-26 19:43:56 -0600 Report

yes i have type 2 diabetes and this is my second pregnancy the first i lost at 27 weeks about 2 years ago but my bs was like 300 when i found out but this second pregnancy i am 20 weeks and everything is good so far

hey jude
hey jude 2010-03-24 21:16:11 -0500 Report

good luck; take care of yourself. i had two relatively easy pregnancies 20+ years ago; before meters and pump, etc. with the help of a wonderful endocrinologist and ob it all worked out well. both kids [now in their 20's] were born weighing less than 7 lbs but healthy and so far so good. it's not easy—my husband kidded that he knew the paramedics by name—but the super tight control was well worth it, no question about it.

TanyaG 2010-02-24 09:59:03 -0600 Report

I had a very healthy baby girl 8 months ago, and I have been diabetic for 5 years. My control was very bad before, but when another life depended directly, I buckled down. If you are insulin dependant, I suggest taking blood levels every 2-3 hours. My control was varied, the more the baby grows and develops the more the baby takes from your intake the less insulin will be needed. I had to change my dosage on a weekly or daily basis. With good control, and love, the baby can be healthy. Good Luck and if you ever need to talk, let me know.

Bcsgurl07 2010-02-24 17:02:37 -0600 Report

That's good to know! I have been Diabetic for 15 years now…was diagnosed when I was 13 years old. My control wasn't very good either before I became pregnant but your right about another life being dependent upon it! Thanks for the encouragement! It helps! =)

Crashnot 2010-02-23 20:49:51 -0600 Report

I finally realized I could be diabetic and a mother when I was 36, and have two wonderfully healthy, active kids to show for it now. It WAS a trying time, but not horrific by any means. In fact, my Bg was in the tightest control I've ever had, so I felt great!

Hopefully you've got an active team behind you of husband, family doctor, endocrinologist and Obgyn. I didn't find any of them remarkably proactive about recommending how to live as a pregnant diabetic, unfortunately. But I managed to scrape together enough info from the internet to get by. Things I wish I'd known with the first child? Take lots of Omega 3 & 6, and Vitamin D, along with all the recommended prenatal stuff.

I was on insulin injections at the time, and if my sugar was off by more than a few points I would promptly take a correction or eat enough to get me exactly back where I wanted to be. Wish I could maintain that control now! With the pump that control would have been mucho easier to achieve. Oh well.

Also, realize that your ObGyn is used to GESTATIONAL diabetics, and will give you insulin advise based on their needs, not a Type 1. Mine insisted NO insulin until a full day after I delivered. Ha! I had to take a few basal doses during the 24 hours of labor (induced and it took a good 24-hours before the little guy decided to go along with the program), and for certain when I started putting food in my mouth after delivery. I went along with his recommendation, and know what? My sugar was THROUGH THE ROOF within three hours after delivery. So I started medicating myself, as I was pretty sure it would be easier than waking him up at 3 AM. And things went fine.

If the baby is born with you on a sugar high, it will over compensate and be born with low sugar, thus needing some emergency care. With my husband doing 30-minute finger sticks on me and a quick conference with nurses and doctor, we managed to keep my sugar in a decent range for the duration. There is a world of medical expertise out there to deal with major "oops!" like barfing up your lunch and going low (glucose IV) and fun stuff like that. So don't sweat it! But also know that pregnant type 1s are not the norm out there and you need to ride the nurses if you're not comfortable with dosages. You know how your body reacts so you need to be involved in determining how much sugar or insulin you get at that time.

But that's months away! For now, just ride that sugar level, needle yourself to death when necessary, eat right, take your vitamins, and you're on your way to having the next little genius hit the planet! :-)

Any specific questions? I'm game!


TanyaG 2010-02-24 10:03:31 -0600 Report

In my area the OB nurses are not properly trained in Type 1. They were trying to give me too much. Stay on them and take control of your care. Don't worry about telling the professional if you feel they are doing something wrong. Nobody knows your body and the way the disease affects you better than yourself.

Bcsgurl07 2010-02-24 17:07:14 -0600 Report

Thanks for the advice! I have been on insulin since I was 13 yrs old! I was so concerned when we found out that we were having a baby! I feel much better now that I have better control of my sugar levels. I have to see 3 doctors due to the high risk but they said everything is great so far! Yea for me! =)

Hinboyz3 2010-02-23 16:50:32 -0600 Report

Well congrats on you new bundle thats on the way. Just try to maintain your health cause its very important as you already know to your new baby. Make sure you eat the right way and maintain your diabetes too in the process, and get some exercise if you can.

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