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Annitude

Just found out Im pregnant

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Annitude

I just found out today that Im pregnant (unplanned)and Im very upset as my hb1ac is 10.1. Im guessing Im about 5 weeks maybe 4. I called my doctor and am waiting for a call back.

Im really scared because I dont have control of my sugars at all. Im currently taking Metformin and will be increasing it soon ( maybe?). I am at a loss as what to do .

I dont want to miscarry, and I know there are risks of birth defects.

Has anyone had a healthy baby with this high of a blood sugar or am I just going to miscarry?

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aiah23
I just found out today that Im pregnant (unplanned)and Im very upset as my hb1ac is 10.1. Im guessing Im about 5 weeks maybe 4. I called my doctor and am waiting for a call back.

Im really scared because I dont have control of my sugars at all. Im currently taking Metformin and will be increasing it soon ( maybe?). I am at a loss as what to do .

I dont want to miscarry, and I know there are risks of birth defects.

Has anyone had a healthy baby with this high of a blood sugar or am I just going to miscarry?

 

Plenty of people have (you can check out the type 1 diabetes and pregnancy sub-forum for many of those stories). You'll want to get your blood sugars under control QUICKLY so it's likely you'd be placed on insulin instead of oral meds (they're considered a lower risk in terms of drug classes, class B instead of class C which is where oral meds typically fall into). You'll want to do everything you can to get your blood sugars under control, whether that's restricting your carbs until you have a new treatment plan, or perhaps getting upping exercise or taking meds more religiously, etc. (and you'll want to meet with your endo and set up an appt with a perinatologist, aka maternal and fetal specialist since you have pre-existing diabetes). You'll be going through quite a few different appts in the next 4-6 weeks to get a baseline of your eyes, heart, meds, and kidneys so you'll have quite a bit to do but it can be done :)

 

Fawn

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Annitude

I started taking my insulin shots today. The doctor put me on novolin 4 units before breakfast and supper and lantus 10 units at bedtime.

Hoping my sugars go down quickly ! they are ranging from 140-211 now. STILL really scared thou!

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I started taking my insulin shots today. The doctor put me on novolin 4 units before breakfast and supper and lantus 10 units at bedtime.

Hoping my sugars go down quickly ! they are ranging from 140-211 now. STILL really scared thou!

 

Be advised you'll probably have to increase them. That is just a starting point, not the be all end all amount of insulin you'll need. You'll also discover that your insulin needs will increase substantially over the course of your pregnancy. I take levemir: 41 u in the am, 31 u in the pm, and I take 14-16 u of fast acting insulin (novolog specifically) before each meal, about 10-12 u per snack (and many of my snacks have less than 15 g of carbs, I used to take 27 u in the am and 25 u in the pm and 5-8 u per meal, no insulin needed for snacks under 20 g carbs). You just get to the point where you keep feeding insulin but that does go away once you're in active labor :)

 

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I just found out today that Im pregnant (unplanned)and Im very upset as my hb1ac is 10.1. Im guessing Im about 5 weeks maybe 4. I called my doctor and am waiting for a call back.

Im really scared because I dont have control of my sugars at all. Im currently taking Metformin and will be increasing it soon ( maybe?). I am at a loss as what to do .

I dont want to miscarry, and I know there are risks of birth defects.

Has anyone had a healthy baby with this high of a blood sugar or am I just going to miscarry?

 

Both of my pregnancies were unplanned and I had higher than a 10 a1c. I will not lie, it was so scary at first but all you can do is take control of it now. I started testing a bazillion times a day and took a lot of shots and got my # down to a 6.0 and I have 2 very healthy daughters who are 5 and 7 years old. I know you're scared out of your mind but I know it doesn't always end in miscarriage. ((((hugs))))

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Annitude

Thank you both for responding !

Im feeling alittle better, although I cant seem to get my sugar under 200.

The doctor told me that Im 5 weeks, Due Jan 5,2012.

And said that the baby isnt even connected to my blood stream as of yet and said that the fetus usually feeds off the yoke sack till around 8 weeks ! So Im just going to do the best I can, And increase my exercising!

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aiah23
Thank you both for responding !

Im feeling alittle better, although I cant seem to get my sugar under 200.

The doctor told me that Im 5 weeks, Due Jan 5,2012.

And said that the baby isnt even connected to my blood stream as of yet and said that the fetus usually feeds off the yoke sack till around 8 weeks ! So Im just going to do the best I can, And increase my exercising!

 

If you're already on lantus (which can last 18-24 hrs) that dose will probably need to increase. You may want to ask your doctor about a fast-acting insulin, like Novolog instead. it'll work better at bringing down blood sugars instead of novolin (which is a mix of NPH +R and takes longer to work, has harder to control peaks, etc). Since your blood sugars are high, and that will be critical around 6-8 weeks with heart development, etc it is in your best interest to bring them down now. Exercising definitely helps, but if you can't change insulin quickly you should really be cutting down on the carbs and increasing fat content instead (the embryo needs developing fats anyway at this point and will throughout your pregnancy). Another option, would be to icnrease your novolin from 4 u to say 6u and see what that does for 2-3 days. Test a ton! Fasting, before meals, 2 hrs after, bedtime at a minimum.

 

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Annitude

I will be 6 weeks tommrow. Im still really upset with my blood sugars. Since starting my insulin theyve been ranging from 136-180 2 hours after meals. Nothing I seem to do will bring them down to under 120. Even my early morning sugars are high, And Im not sure how to get them down but they are usually 108-130 ( before I eat breakfast )

I spoke to the doctor about increasing my units and she said she doesnt want to just yet and said itll take some time for my sugars to go down. ( only been on insulin for 4 days- my sugars before use to be over 200-240 after meals )

Have my first Ob appt May 26th.

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I will be 6 weeks tommrow. Im still really upset with my blood sugars. Since starting my insulin theyve been ranging from 136-180 2 hours after meals. Nothing I seem to do will bring them down to under 120. Even my early morning sugars are high, And Im not sure how to get them down but they are usually 108-130 ( before I eat breakfast )

I spoke to the doctor about increasing my units and she said she doesnt want to just yet and said itll take some time for my sugars to go down. ( only been on insulin for 4 days- my sugars before use to be over 200-240 after meals )

Have my first Ob appt May 26th.

 

After meals, is there any way you can go for a short walk (15-30 min)? That could help reduce those 180 peaks for you. You are making progress blood sugar wise and this is great. Do you typically eat a snack at bedtime? If so, what do you eat? Some of us really had to modify or add a snack during that time to help fasting blood sugars...

 

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Annitude

I will be 6 weeks tommrow. Im still really upset with my blood sugars. Since starting my insulin theyve been ranging from 136-180 2 hours after meals. Nothing I seem to do will bring them down to under 120. Even my early morning sugars are high, And Im not sure how to get them down but they are usually 108-130 ( before I eat breakfast )

I spoke to the doctor about increasing my units and she said she doesnt want to just yet and said itll take some time for my sugars to go down. ( only been on insulin for 4 days- my sugars before use to be over 200-240 after meals )

Have my first Ob appt May 26th.

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I normally eat 1/4 c of cottage cheese with 5 crackers 2 hours before bedtime.

Try to walk 1-2 miles every day. Im going to push for 3 soon. Maybe do richard simmons in the morning, Or tae bo.

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I normally eat 1/4 c of cottage cheese with 5 crackers 2 hours before bedtime.

Try to walk 1-2 miles every day. Im going to push for 3 soon. Maybe do richard simmons in the morning, Or tae bo.

 

Tae bo isn't pregnancy approved. Walking is better, or swimming. bedtime snack....hmmmm...maybe skipping the 5 crackers and just doing the cottage cheese and a slice of regular cheese instead? Do you ever test your blood sugar at night when you get up to use the restroom? It'd be a good idea to see what your blood sugar levels are like 3 or 4 ish hours into the night (b/c it can change substantially before you wake up). Another snack option might be some leftover meat or lunch meat (depending on how you feel about that, everyone's a little different on it).

 

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Annitude

Thank you, Thank you !!!!!! You are more help to me than my doctor who was unsure what I should do to get my fasting sugar down, said to skip my evening snack! I woke up at 1 am and had 3 spoonfuls of cottage cheese with a little bit of ham, When I woke up this morning my sugar was 98 !

Planning on walking a mile as soon as I get my son on the bus!

And thank you for letting me know about tae bo, I did it with my first pregnancy till I was 17ish weeks, Didnt know it wasnt good! Id rather walk anyway.....!

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pamm

am ur partner in crime too.... right now am into the 11th week but was diagnosed with gestational diabetes on the 6th week ... took 2 days to relax and let it sink in .. but one thing am really scared is ... is this gestational diabetes ? will it go poof once my babies are born .. am expecting twins !!!

 

am on insulin and my sugars are under good control now .. but the only doubt i have is .. does gestational diabetes come this early or is it something like undiagnosed diabetes ? i was regularly gymming and all till last december.. until we decided that we want kids .. this has left me in a totally depressed state ...

 

help me out someone ... advise me !!!

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ZoraP

Pamm, I'm not your doctor and I can't diagnose you over the internet, but I'd say it's likely that you're dealing with more than just "gestational" diabetes with such an early diagnosis. How and why did they diagnose you this early? The "normal" GD test doesn't even come until sometime after the 20th week of pregnancy.

 

In any case, I think you should expect to remain diabetic after the pregnancy is over and just be pleasantly surprised if it turns out to be true. The question will be to get an appropriate diagnosis at that point (type 2 or type 1).

 

In the meantime, take good care of yourself and good luck with your pregnancy!

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Of course I meant to say "if it turns out NOT to be true," but I guess you figured that out. ;)

 

Even gestational diabetes that goes away after the birth tends to return as type 2 eventually, so it's good to be prepared. (That's what happened with me.)

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Ill be 8 weeks Thursday......My sugars have been between 76-140.( after increasing my units, even after my family doctor kept saying no ). Big change in 3 weeks !!! Still know my sugar has to go below 120 2 hours after meals and I freak out if I get one over 120.

Im still alittle scared and always worried about losing the baby or the damage thats already perhaps been done. I think Ill feel better after I hit 12 weeks....and maybe a profile or 2 will help ease my worries!!!!

 

Am seeing the ob for the first time on thursday, Hoping after that I can see the specialists I need to see.

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Annitude

Another Update !

 

 

I got my hb1ac test back 7.0 !!!!!!!! Alot better than 10.1 !!!!

Due date changed to Jan 12. Im 9 weeks !

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i was diagnosed with type 2 this past jan. a1c was 7.8.

dr put me on victoza (1.8) & between that & weight watchers i lost 10% body weight (28lbs) in the past 4 months.

after meal sugars looking great - morning fasting numbers still high.

 

went for check up in beginning of may - a1c down to 6.4.

dr said "she wouldnt be worried if i got pregnant".

 

took hpt june 4th bc i missed my period & it was POSITIVE.

now im freaking out!

 

dr took me off victoza & switched to levimer right away (30 units at bedtime).

 

went to dr yesterday - bc my sugars are WAY high ALL THE TIME NOW - she added novolog (10 units) before each meal.

 

all the stuff i read about diabetes in the 1st trimester is freaking me out!

hoping to get some perspective here .....

 

thanks to anyone who responds

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kellyrae

Hiya, Try not to panic too much, when I found out i was pregnant my hb1ac was 9.2......but i went home and nipped it right in the bud, they will help you.......regular testing is the key, before meals and after meals, you may find in the first 3 months you may not need as much insulin because hypos can become a problem so be aware of them, i suffered quite alot with them, I managed to get mt hb1ac to 5.9 throughout the pregnancy, before this pregnancy i had 2 miscarraiges and before both pregnancies my blood s were great so sometimes its just nature taking its course and of course not everyone suffers something so unfortunate.

 

My little girl now 19 months was a healthy 7lb 6oz we had a few problems when she was born, her blood sugars dropped to 0.8 about two hours after she arrived, she was in hospital for 5 days(with me) untill she could hold her own sugar levels.....this is normal in some babies from diabetic mothers, some suffer it and some don't.

 

I had to test before meals and try to keep my blood at 7 after 1 hour of a meal, but every hospital and consultant will have different advice for you, just do your best and try not to worry....easier said than done i know.......good luck :)

I just found out today that Im pregnant (unplanned)and Im very upset as my hb1ac is 10.1. Im guessing Im about 5 weeks maybe 4. I called my doctor and am waiting for a call back.

Im really scared because I dont have control of my sugars at all. Im currently taking Metformin and will be increasing it soon ( maybe?). I am at a loss as what to do .

I dont want to miscarry, and I know there are risks of birth defects.

Has anyone had a healthy baby with this high of a blood sugar or am I just going to miscarry?

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kellyrae

your doing a fantastic job!!!!! well done :)

Another Update !

 

 

I got my hb1ac test back 7.0 !!!!!!!! Alot better than 10.1 !!!!

Due date changed to Jan 12. Im 9 weeks !

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Cormac_Doyle

Of course

 

I'm sure some of the Mom's will be by here soon to confirm ...

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