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2/2/12 9:24 A

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I have had type one diabetes since I was 11 yrs old, and I am now 30. I had a baby boy that will be 8 in September. I did not plan that pregnancy. I and my husband at the time did not do anything to prevent my pregnancy and I dealt with my blood sugar after the fact, because at the time I was very uncontrolled. READ CAREFULLY: DO NOT DO THAT!!! I had a threatened miscarriage, was on bed rest for almost my entire first trimester. I was hospitalized several times because my insulin wasn't working and was told my baby was gonna die. I was finally reffered to a specialist who was a god send, and he helped me SO MUCH. He hospitalized me and helped me get my sugar straightened out, and got me in nutrition classes that still help me today. And I gave birth to a healthy beautiful baby boy in the end. But it was after a lot of tears, and stress and close calls, I was told I had a almost miscarried twice, and a nurse believed it was possible I might have lost a twin, though that was never proven. And I miscarried when my son was a yr old, and was told that my or may not have been because of uncontrolled blood sugar, as I went back to my old ways almost as soon as he was born.

The takeaway from my experience is this...PLAN YOUR PREGNANCY....I am no doctor, but you need at least 6 months of stable blood sugars and the standards are strict for pregnancy. You need a good A1C before you start trying. SO...good luck to you and may you have a healthy beautiful baby!

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1/27/12 8:34 A

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I have 3 kids everything went very well. Best A1c when I was pregnant. There is stress I always felt I was hurting the baby when I would get high blood sugars especially with the first one, but they are all very healthy. I have the pump got it when I was pregnant with the first one.

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1/21/12 11:15 A

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I have not, but I have two friends that are both type 1 (met through a support group), they both just gave birth to healthy bouncing babies this month -same day, one boy and one girl. Both babies were over 8 pounds. It was the second pregnancy for both moms. One mom type 1 since she was a baby and the other diagnosed during her first pregnancy. They both are on the pump. With all that said, they are great examples that it is possible to have healthy babies with type 1. Both did see high risk Drs. and had some stress, but it looks like it was worth it.

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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1/15/12 4:20 P

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I found out I was pregnant about a week after I started using the pump (completely unplanned pregnancy). It was perfect timing, because it really helped keep my blood sugars under control. Like Valerie said it was an easier time for me because I had the best reason EVER to take excellent care of my diabetes. When I found out I was pregnant I went to my normal OB/GYN. She gave me the option to stay with her or refer me to a high-risk clinic about 40 minutes away from my house. I chose to go with the high-risk clinic and was glad that I did, because the care they gave me was amazing, I loved all of the doctors, and I had lot of ultrasounds! I really felt like I was in good hands. Toward the end of my pregnancy we scheduled an induction, and I was induced because I hadn't gone into labor by that day. I delivered my daughter vaginally and had no issues at all during labor and delivery. My blood sugars after I had my daughter, though, were pretty crazy. They eventually fell back into order. Toward the end of my pregnancy I was about 33 lbs. more than I normally weighed. After I delivered my daughter my weight pretty much went back to what it was before. During my pregnancy, I literally ate whatever I wanted. I guess you can do that when you're only 21 :) Now, I would be much more cautious about what I ate while I was pregnant. Good luck!!!

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1/14/12 7:14 P

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I had 2 successful pregnancies. I should state that I had several miscarriages prior with un-known cause or explanation. I was already on a pump for 7 years prior to births.
As a diabetic and as everyone else has stated you would be monitored much more closely. Blood sugars will need tracked, closely to keep everything as "normal" as possible.
I gained 60 lbs with my son, never lost all the weight then gained about 25 w/ my daughter. Both pregnancies were very different. With son insulin requirement went up slowly, at end I was changing out resevoir almost every day. With my daughter my requirement went up immediately which concerned me, but maintained there...
Ultrasounds are frequent, especially at end to check size and assure all levels ok (ie. amniotic, etc).
I had to have a c-section b/c I was not progressing at all and my blood sugars started to bounce around. Increased chance of baby going to nicu (due to their blood sugar going low). I have a degree in nutrition so I have all types of resources that I read. Best wishes on this journey.
I was able to keep my regular OB and had perinatologist as well.

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GIVINMYALL Posts: 9
6/10/11 1:57 P

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i did a search, and there are no perinatologists within 50 miles of me

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GIVINMYALL Posts: 9
6/10/11 1:45 P

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i'm so glad to hear success stories. i am using an insulin pump, and really can't imagine trying to do it without it. one of my main concerns is finding a doctor. we live in a small town, so i've been looking into that. can anyone give some more specific advice, as far as diet or exercise, things to really watch, etc.

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6/10/11 10:14 A

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So, are you considering a pump yet??? emoticon

One more recommendation though - start visiting your perinatologist (high-risk pregnancy doctor) BEFORE you get pregnant. That was very helpful. And get references (if you can) - interview them - get one you trust and respect. (We loved ours so much we almost had a third child just so we could go back and see him for another 9+ months emoticon )




The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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6/10/11 6:13 A

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I agree with the advice to start using a pump. I started pumping ten years ago, about a year before getting pregnant with my first, and it really helped me control my daily readings and A1c! My OB and Endo worked closely together and I now have two healthy kids! I wish you the best!!!

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6/10/11 12:12 A

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My son is almost 3. My pregnancy went relatively well. With being in the high risk category, I had numerous ultrasounds and tests - I sort of liked this during the pregnancy to keep tabs on things. All was going along really well until the final month...then the swelling started to happen and blood pressure went up. I was on 2 weeks bed rest for this in the hospital, and then had a planned C-section 1 week early as they anticipated broad shoulders on the baby. My blood sugars were rather crazy afterwards...lots of lows, especially with nursing, and lots of quick spikes and falls in my blood sugars. The most lows I've really experienced. It's a lot to try and manage with the demands of a newborn but slowly things get settled back in. I take insulin injections of Humalog and NPH before bedtime. Best of luck to you!!!

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6/9/11 11:55 P

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I injected through my pregnancies a long time ago (my boys are 15 & 19) and would agree; if you can start pumping, do so.

I gained 24 pounds with my first and 14 with my second (he was born at 30 weeks but not because of my diabetes).

You'll benefit from being classified as a "high risk" pregnancy in that you'll have more appointments to follow your baby.

Quite frankly, I think pregnancy was the easiest time for me; knowing you've got someone 100% dependent on you and your choices makes it easy to make the right ones.

Good luck and keep posting!
Valerie



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6/9/11 11:12 P

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I have a 14 month old baby boy. If you have time and you are not already on a pump, I suggest you go on one. I was not on the pump until Brady was 3 months old. Being pg and type 1 is not easy, but it can be done. I kept my A1C between 4.9 and 5.3 during my pg. It took a lot of Humalog and I gained more weight then when I was pg with my 6 year old twins, but it was worth it.

If you have a good dr. and are disciplined you will do great. Good luck.

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6/9/11 11:02 P

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i'm new to the group. i've had type 1 for about 13 years, and have recently decided my husband and i would like to have a baby. i was wondering if there was anyone out there that has gone through a pregnancy with type1 and what things i should prepare for...

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