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1/3/11 8:18 P

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Yes, I had more appts than a non-diabetic, but fortunately, I was only 3 minutes from the drs office and my principal was really good about letting me leave 20 minutes early and arranging coverage for dismissal. The further advanced my pg got, the more frequent the dr visits, plus I had 2 non-stress tests a week for the last month (or two?). My OB and endo worked well together. I started seeing this new endo from Joslin Diabetes Center when I got pg, and loved him so much, I still drive 2 1/2 hrs to see him 3 times a year.

I had to fax my readings in weekly and adjust insulin dosages often. Insulin requirements will definitely rise towards the end of your pregnancy. I was given guidelines to follow while in the hospital, and my OB spoke with my endo a few times to make sure things were being handled properly. I was induced for both pregnancies at 38 weeks, after doing an amnio to make sure the lungs were developed. (Thank God I never had to wait to go into labor!) Be prepared for lots of finger sticks and such, but know that it's all worth it!

Just be sure your A1C is in a good range (under 6.0, I believe) and get the go-ahead from your drs before trying. Good luck!!

Feel free to mail me anytime!
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1/3/11 11:17 A

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I was diagnosed at age 33. I also have had a successful pg after being diagnosed. I kept my a1c below 5.1 for the entire pg. It wasn't easy, but it was doable. I had several appointments with my end and a high risk specialty group. They were all great and were an amazing team. I'm sure you will do great. I went on the pump right after my son was born. I suggest you on the pump before you get pg b/c you won't be able to be on Lantus once you do get pg and NPH is not great as a background insulin. Good luck.

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1/2/11 8:51 P

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I had a pregnancy after being diagnosed with type 1. Yes, you will usually be classified as a "high risk" pregnancy and you'll see doctors who are more prepared to deal with both situations.

I had weekly doctor appointments and lots of ultrasounds and various other tests. Since my pregnancy was a surprise and I was already a single parent, I was quite concerned with how good my control was at the time of conception. I underwent extra tests because I believed I couldn't raise a child with life-threatening birth defects.

Luckily, I didn't have to make any difficult decisions as every test came back fine. I gave birth in the hospital and managed my own insulin (this was prior to me being on an insulin pump). The nurses were actually happy that I was monitoring myself and they recorded my results from my meter.

The biggest issues I had were keeping my blood sugar as close to normal during my pregnancy. Your insulin needs will increase quite a bit towards the end of your pregnancy.

You may be induced a couple weeks early, which was standard protocol when I delivered 14 years ago.

Good luck!
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KRYSTAJO Posts: 5
1/2/11 3:01 P

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I have read so many conflicting things about diabetes and pregnancy that I don't really know heads from tails right now.
Did you have a crazy amount of doctor's appointments when you were pregnant? Like, far more than someone who is not diabetic? What was birth like - were you hooked up to an insulin drip, or was your pump enough to manage your blood sugar during labor? I don't have a pump and probably won't have one any time soon, so I don't really know anything about them.
I did so much research about pregnancy/birth *before* my diabetes diagnosis, and was fully prepared for a completely natural home birth with a midwife, but I've been told now that the midwives where I live won't accept clients who have Type 1 and that I will have to give birth in a hospital, so now I have to shift my thinking entirely.
I was pregnant this summer but miscarried when I was in the hospital/when I got my diagnosis, so now I'm a little gun-shy, I guess.

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Hi, Krysta!

I was diagnosed with T1 when I was 13, and have been diabetic for 23 years now. I have no complications (aside from needing to exercise consistently) and I have two healthy children, 8 and 3. I began using an insulin pump about 6 months prior to getting pregnant, which brought my A1C down to 5.5! That pregnancy was so easy, but I was only 27 then. About 3 years later, I miscarried at 11 weeks, although they say it was not diabetes related. A year or so later, I got pg with my son. That pg wasn't as easy, but he was still born very healthy. I certainly don't know everything, but I would love to answer any questions you may have about diabetes or T1 and pregnancy. Feel free to send me a message anytime.

Good luck to you!
~Heather

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1/2/11 1:36 P

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I am not new to SparkPeople, but I *am* new to having Type 1 Diabetes! I was diagnosed this summer at the age of 23 (I got to find out the fun way, via a surprise diabetic coma and 5-day stay in the ICU).
I have been working on losing weight/generally getting healthy for about a year and a half now. I've lost about 40 lbs in that time, but this diabetes diagnosis has lit a fire underneath me to really work on getting healthy. I plan to start trying to get pregnant this coming July, and I know that pregnancy + Type 1 diabetes can be dangerous, so I really want to lose as much weight as I can before July.
I learned all of my diet and exercise habits before I was diagnosed, so I feel a little lost right now in terms of what I need to do differently now that I am diabetic. I am hoping I will learn all I need to know from everyone in this community. :)

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