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e||ement

10 weeks and sudden drop in insulin requirements..is this normal?

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e||ement

i'm 10 weeks today, and the past couple days i've noticed a drop in insulin requirements...and where i've suspected i might be high, i'm actually way lower than i predict.

 

is this normal at this point in pg? honestly, i'm just worried about missed miscarriage as it's happened to me before around this point in pregnancy. (i was dx'd with missed m/c at 10 weeks, determined fetal heartbeat stopped around 8.5 weeks, and physically miscarried at 12 weeks, 1 day before i was supposed to have a d&c...).

 

i still have symptoms (my symptoms disappeared with my previous m/c) but you know how your mind plays tricks on you...

 

so is a drop in insulin requirements normal around this point? i've read it can happen...i guess i'm looking for reassurance.

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Christina17

I too am pregnant- 7 weeks and also, like you had a previous miscarriage. The pregnancy books that I have been reading say that in the first trimester often you will have lower insulin requirements. So I would expect what you are experiencing is normal. I have been having alot of unexpected major lows and have also noticed that my 2 hour after breakfast BG is a little higher than pre-preg, but 3 hours it's normal or low. I have concluded that with pregnancy my metabolism has slowed and tends to rev up as the day goes on. It seems that being pregnant changes everything with your body and at this point everything that seems strange has turned out to be normal. Best of luck and congratulations!

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e||ement

thanks christina. i hope you are right. up until now, my insulin requirements had drastically increased! by at least 3x what i required pre-preg...which is why i wondered about the sudden drop. however, i was still honeymooning before i got pregnant.

 

i didn't have Diabetes with my son, or the m/c, so this is all new territory for me!

 

what book are you reading??

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Katrina Stovold

Well, I am now 17 weeks and am a bit worried as my insulin requirements havent changed much, went down a bit in the first trimester and now have remained the same! I thought they were meant to go up now???

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belyro

It is very normal for your insulin requirements to drop in the first trimester. Mine, on the other hand, went up for some reason.

 

Because of the major hormone fluctuations in your body during pregnancy, your insulin needs are going to change often - and sometimes a lot. I know it can be worrisome, but take heart - it's normal! Don't get too caught up in whether your body is doing what every other pregnant diabetic's body is doing (or even in what's "normal" for a pregnant diabetic) because we're all different. The changes in my insulin requirements were the opposite of what's considered "normal" but there was absolutely nothing wrong with me or my baby.

 

Ultimately, of course, if you have concerns, talk to your doctor.

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MrsS

Hi there,

 

You don't know me! I hope you get this message. Basically I am having this exact same problem and I'm wondering if your pregnancy ended up being okay? I was triple my insulin and now at ten weeks I've gone back to pre-pregnancy levels, if no lower! I'm really worried as my diabetic nurse said it could be a bad sign. She did say insulin requirements could decrease but not usually by this much. it certainly didn't happen in my first pregnancy!

 

Sorry for the randomness of this message. Hope you can help! Ps I'm a newspaper reporter too :)

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JennaEllis

Hi congratulations...I'm also pregnant, I'm 26 weeks gone and this is my second baby and its very common in the first trimester to experience more lows as your body becomes more sensitive to insulin. Then later on you will find you will start to need more and more insulin ESP when you hit the 25 week mark. I'm now at that point and every fe days find I have to up my dose ever so slightly ESP my long acting insulin at bedtime, pre pregnancy I normally do 34 units of levemir at bed time and now at the min I'm doing 66 units!!!! I find this forum very useful for info etc.....hope all goes well for you :)

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Lizzie G

Hey Ashley,

 

Don't panic, it's completely normal during the first trimester for insulin requirements to suddenly go up, down, bounce around; its a very chaotic time hormonally and anything goes! all you can do is take glucotabs everywhere (really recommend this as you can treat with what you need rather than succumb to the huge urge to eat everything in sight then end up with the opposite problem), and to test frequently. having had a pregnancy loss myself (mine was a termination for a random chromosomal abnormality) i know what its like to be panicking about it all going wrong. sadly there is NOTHING we can do to control these things, and just have to look after ourselves and hope that the 12 week scan is good re-assurance. And once it is we have the soaring insulin requirements of the 2nd and 3rd trimesters to work with (which, in all honestly, if you are control now, will be a piece of cake!).

 

Try to relax and stay calm, and hopefully all will be well

 

xxx

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-Lee-B

Yep...I was down to just 1/3rd of my insulin at times of the day for a few weeks! It was crazy. Now it is climbing. My specialist said that in first trimester most need less insulin, 2nd trimester is a "honeymoon" period where things stabilize then in 3rd your insulin needs increase. For me I went straight from needing way less to needing more every 2-3 days. Never ending adjustments!!

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