Hey everyone! I have been stressing about getting pregnant lately!! I am freaking my self out by reading stuff on google! Can someone give me some insight on being type 1 and getting pregnant & being pregnant.
Hi Ashley! I have had type 1 for 39 years & I am the proud mama of two wonderful children! It wasn't easy to go through 2 pregnancies with insulin dependence, but it is possible to have successful births! My strongest piece of advice is to become incredibly disciplined with your daily routines with your eating, blood monitoring, & taking your insulin. It will really help you to do this before becoming pregnant. One thing I wasn't aware of before my first pregnancy (over 18 years ago) was that my pregnant body would give off hormones with an anti-insulin effect. This was rough & there seemed to be no way of knowing when I'd experience it. I wasn't in good control before getting pregnant. My blood sugars could sky rocket even though I had taken the correct amount of insulin for the carbs I had eaten. I'm not wanting to scare you with this info. But rather let you understand the importance of multiple blood tests daily (every two hours during waking hours seriously). Sounds horrible I know (& to be honest sometimes it was!) you will be very tired a lot while pregnant which is the biggest factor in making a diabetic pregnancy so daunting! Sometimes you may find it tremendously hard to find the energy to measure out food vs. Insulin when all you want to do is sleep. Please know how important it is for you to force yourself to eat regularly because the baby will take everything you have whether you have it to give or not. I had some tremendous lows with my first pregnancy where my husband found it impossible to rouse me without the help of EMT's.
In the end though, albeit an amazingly hard thing to accomplish for my little diabetic body, I can't stress to you enough how much the whole endeavor is worth it! You'll know what I mean when you're holding your sweet baby in your arms at last! Best of luck! -Diane
I'm a 36 year old type 1 diabetic pregnant with my 2nd baby. My daughter is healthy and beautiful! I has a c-section and her blood sugar was really low when she was born, but after a 2 days nicu she was in my arms and haven't left. Being pregnant is serious business, but you can do it. You will be surprised at how well your blood sugars will be , for some reason I cared more about my sugars knowing they were affecting her instead of me.
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