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VikkiLiz

23, Type 1 & pregnant!

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VikkiLiz

I am a type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at age 11. I just took a pregnancy test that was unmistakably positive. My 23rd birthday is in two days.

 

I am new to an insulin pump wich has been controlling my sugars better than ever before. I never thought I could get pregnant with the uncontrolled sugars I have had in the past.

 

I plan to see my OBGYN ASAP but I am nervous and scared. I have heard so much about the risks associated with diabetes and pregnancy. Any words of advice on what to expect would be great!

 

Thanks!

-Vikki

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Lizzie G

Hey Vicki!

 

Thats great news, I'm sure you must be feeling really nervous/excited/scared....I went through all the same things recently.

 

Its really good news that you are pumping and enjoying it, it helps more in pregnancy than in any time....

 

My advice from day one, test test test. I found my insulin requirements went up very very quickly whereas others experience a drop in the first trimester - just get as aware as you can on whats happening in your body.

 

You will be referred to both diabetes and obs specialist early on. Its really important to keep your blood sugars tightly controlled particularly at this early stage, theres loads of different ways of doing this but I dont want to overwhelm you with ideas until your wonderful news sinks in...anyhow, relax, keep calm, test, adjust and test again....testing during night i think is most important - when else do you get a clear 8 hour run without food spikes so getting those numbers down as low as you can safely without hypos is a wonderful start!

 

good luck and i look forward to talking with you more as tihngs progress! Im about 8 weeks at the mo

 

Liz xxx

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socialworksara

Congratulations!!

 

Having diabetes and being pregnant can seem pretty daunting but it has gone by surprisingly quickly for me. I'm 23 weeks now and found out when I was only 5 weeks. Just take it one day at a time and don't get freaked out about a few highs. The best advice I got on here was to keep moving forward...that is, you can't change the high sugar you just had, so just fix it and move on. Also, make sure to advocate for yourself. Don't be afraid to tell the doctors your opinions. You have been controlling your diabetes for years and they are just getting used to you. So you know your body better than anyone.

 

So good luck and enjoy!! It's such an exciting time and, with decent glucose levels, you can have a totally healthy baby. My pregnancy has gone great so far. We just had the echocardiogram of the baby's heart and there were no abnormalities and the baby seems to be right on target with all the growth and stuff. (Oh and btw, I've been Type 1 for 15 years.) So it can be done! Go back and read some of the old posts on here...they will help you to remain optimistic.

 

Good luck and congrats again!

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jaxsmomma

Congratulations on the Babe!!

 

I was super worried my whole first trimester... I was diagnosed at age 18 (with an a1c of 14.3), began pumping about 2 yrs ago and found out I was pregnant with an a1c of 6.9 - in case you aren't aware, docs are pretty worried if your a1c if over 7 at time of conception (so I was pretty darn close).

 

I immediately began taking care of myself better! Checking my BG atleast 12x a day...

 

I am now 34 wks pregnant and couldn't have asked for a better pregnancy. My a1c is now in the 5's and my doc says that this is the best diabetic pregnancy he's ever seen :) and that the baby doesn't even look like a "diabetic baby"

 

I wouldn't be too worried - being nervous IS definitely normal!! Just talk to your doc and express you feelings and fears with him/her.

 

Hope everything turns out okay for you!!

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AngelKitty

Congratulations on your pregnancy! :)

 

There are a few of us T1s on the forum here who are pregnant, I'm also 11 weeks pregnant and on a pump.

 

Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, also there is another web site that is specifically for diabetic mothers to be called diabeticmommies, check it out.

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Lizzie G
Congratulations on your pregnancy! :)

 

There are a few of us T1s on the forum here who are pregnant, I'm also 11 weeks pregnant and on a pump.

 

Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, also there is another web site that is specifically for diabetic mothers to be called diabeticmommies, check it out.

 

have you been ridiculously tired by the way? and is it getting any better? the tiredness is killing me!

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have you been ridiculously tired by the way? and is it getting any better? the tiredness is killing me!

 

YES! I have been utterly exhausted, so far it hasn't gotten any better (in the tiredness department) It should ease up in the next month, thank goodness, as I also have two pre-schoolers who keep me very busy!

 

PS Feeling this tired in the first trimester is completely normal :)

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YES! I have been utterly exhausted, so far it hasn't gotten any better (in the tiredness department) It should ease up in the next month, thank goodness, as I also have two pre-schoolers who keep me very busy!

 

PS Feeling this tired in the first trimester is completely normal :)

 

its SOOOO frustrating! im a pretty active person and this weekend i just SLEPT! i forced myself to swim yesterday but only for about half an hour. i actually feel jet-lagged - and it didnt help last night when my pump decided to 'bubble up' during the night so i had to keep waking up again and testing....very annoying!

 

you are so lucky to be nearer the end of T1 than me i still have another 4 weeks or so!!!

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AngelKitty

you are so lucky to be nearer the end of T1 than me i still have another 4 weeks or so!!!

 

Lol! You are too funny! I'm not luckier than you, I've had to do the time (same as everyone else)! I just got pregnant before you did! :T :D

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Lol! You are too funny! I'm not luckier than you, I've had to do the time (same as everyone else)! I just got pregnant before you did! :T :D

 

how many pregnancies have you had - are you always really tired? i guess i should feel grateful that i havent been sick - mild nausea has been it and my appetite has certainly not decreased....its HUGE!

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VikkiLiz

Thank you everyone for the congrats and the well wishes. My first appointment with my OBGYN is today...on my 23rd Birthday. I am praying for only good news!

 

It was quite normal for me to run high blood sugars during sleep, but I have noticed in the past week or so that during the night I am now going low.

 

I also just graduated college and started a new job where I am working 12-14 hour shifts in a dialysis clinic roughly 3 times a week. I am a little concerned on how that will play on my energy and my ability to stabilize my sugars.

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I'm not type 1, but I have had three babies -- yes, the first trimester you always feel extremely tired! This is just pregnancy and has nothing to do with the diabetes as far as I know. The good news is that the tiredness lifts like a curtain somewhere between 12-13 weeks and then you'll feel much like your former self again.

 

With my last baby we didn't tell the older kids until I was around 14 weeks -- they hadn't noticed my tummy growing but they had thought it was strange how I started falling asleep on the couch every time I sat down with them! LOL

 

Good luck to all of you and take care of yourselves; your babies will be fine as long as you do that.

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YES! I have been utterly exhausted, so far it hasn't gotten any better (in the tiredness department) It should ease up in the next month, thank goodness, as I also have two pre-schoolers who keep me very busy!

 

PS Feeling this tired in the first trimester is completely normal :)

 

how many pregnancies have you had - are you always really tired? i guess i should feel grateful that i havent been sick - mild nausea has been it and my appetite has certainly not decreased....its HUGE!

 

This is my third! :)

 

Many symptoms are common for early pregnancy, not everyone experiences all of them; tiredness, nausea with or without vomitting (aka morning sickness), headaches, mood swings, increase in appetite, frequent urination, aversion to smells or food that you usual like, cravings.

 

 

Thank you everyone for the congrats and the well wishes. My first appointment with my OBGYN is today...on my 23rd Birthday. I am praying for only good news!

 

I also just graduated college and started a new job where I am working 12-14 hour shifts in a dialysis clinic roughly 3 times a week. I am a little concerned on how that will play on my energy and my ability to stabilize my sugars.

 

Good luck with your first appointment.

Sounds like this is a very busy time in your life: graduating, starting a new job and discovering your pregnant!

Try not to stress too much about how you will cope, take each day as it comes and rest up when you can.

Keep us posted of your progress. :)

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I am a type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at age 11. I just took a pregnancy test that was unmistakably positive. My 23rd birthday is in two days.

 

I am new to an insulin pump wich has been controlling my sugars better than ever before. I never thought I could get pregnant with the uncontrolled sugars I have had in the past.

 

I plan to see my OBGYN ASAP but I am nervous and scared. I have heard so much about the risks associated with diabetes and pregnancy. Any words of advice on what to expect would be great!

 

Thanks!

-Vikki

 

Hey Vikki,

 

I hope that things went well at the Doctor. I have been Diabetic since the age of 6 and I am now 30 and 35 weeks along in my pregnancy. Just a few more to go! I was super nervous about my blood sugars, in the very beginning of my pregnancy. The good news is that I became super, super strict, knowing that a little baby was relying on my blood sugars and all the risks and my A1C continued to come down. I began at 6.5, then it went to 5.5, then 5 and now in the last trimester it is back to 5.6. I have been thrilled with this, especially since I am more and more insulin resistant. (For many years my numbers were always in the 7's and 8's and I never thought it could be lower.) I am sure that if you are nervous, it just means that you care and you will work really hard to do the best that you can. It really is all that you can do. I was super nervous in the beginning and while that didn't fully go away, I became more and more calm as I got further along in the pregnancy. It is our first baby and we are super excited and now that the belly is out there and round like a basketball, there is no denying it. In the beginning, before we could feel her moving around, I was always questioning what I was doing and how it was impacting her.

 

I have been on the pump since I was 18 and would be happy to chat with you further about it. I could never imagine being pregnant without the pump, so that is a great thing, that you are on it.

 

Good luck and good thoughts,

Steph

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