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lechunk

Very high blood sugars and unplanned pregnancy

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lechunk

Hi everyone

 

I have just found out I am 6 weeks pregnant and my blood sugars have been sky high with AIC's between 14 and 10 for a few years now as I have been omitting insulin to stay thin. Over the past few weeks since I found out my sugars have been almost perfect apart from a few hypos here and there.

 

I'm so worried that I have caused my baby so much damage already. I have no problem controlling my sugars now for the babys sake but this may not be good enough as I could have ruined its chance of surviving already.

 

Everything I hear is so negative and it is really getting me down. Has anyone out there went through the same as me and had a healthy baby. Please give me your feedback on this as I am worried sick.

 

Thanks.

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Lizzie G

Hi there

 

I've not been in the same situation as you (29 weeks through a planned pregnancy with T1) but I just wanted to say, you are now doing the very best you can, you cant turn back the clock and change the environment you conceived in and although its easier said than done, worry and beating yourself up cant change things in the past....just make sure you keep looking after your diabetes, take a good quality pre-natal vitamin with the marine oil supplement (but not cod liver oil as too much vitamin A for a pregnant lady), and a prescribed 5mg dose of folic acid. just look after yourself well and you are doing the best you possibly can for your baby; if there were anything wrong chances are it cant be detected until much later, and whilst poor control around conception makes problems more likely, its still more likely that your baby will be ok....try to allow yourself to be happy and be proud of what you are doing now, you are doing a great job and i hope you are at the beginning of a very happy journey

 

Please stick around, ask questions, let us know how you are getting on; theres lots of ladies here who have type 1 and have had/are having great pregancies, some more difficult than others, but thats how it goes, but all very supportive and kind. welcome xxx

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lechunk

Thanks for your support Lizzie I have been very good since I found out so hopefully I can keep up the good work, it'll be very tough but it will be worth it in the end. xx

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lindsay

hi i just had to join up to reply to you!!

 

i am in same situation as you my blood sugars sky high as not always taking proper insulin!! felt it bloated me made me gain weight etc

 

anyway i have one perfect little 10mth old conceived when diabetic type 1- but planned so numbers ok but not brilliant

 

i have just found out i am 4-5 weeks pregnant again - but conceived on high numbers as not planned!!! i am so scared what damage i have done to this new baby and so scared ill miscarry

 

have a hospital scan monday

 

how are you getting on?????

 

i am also since finding out i am pregnant have made sure my numbers are perfect!! always checking extra insulin etc

 

i agree- ive been in tears over horror stories online

 

xxx

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Marisol&Baby

Oh thank God for this forum!! I am 42 and with severe diabetes since June 2010. I really enjoyed the weight loss so didn't take my

meds as I should. My A1C is 15% now and I just found out I'm pregnant. At first I was ELATED as was my husband bc we've been wanting another baby for over 17 years now (our daughter will be 18 in November). However, after meeting with the specialist and reading what could go wrong... I AM EXTREMELY SCARED! I would like to know if there are any women out there that have had an A1C as high as mine and had a healthy baby. I am about 9 weeks now... I have my dating ultrasound on the 20th.

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lindsay

hi marisol , just do you very best with your blood sugars for baby- as im sure you are!! i think it is positive and a good sign you have got to 9 weeks and hope you have good care at hospital appointments... i am just wishing the weeks away so i get to three months and no cramps or bleeding

 

i had a miscarriage 6 weeks ago and put it down to high sugars or not being perfect!! i was so upset with my self!! i asked a doctor- was miscarriage related to high bloosd sugars and to my surprise he said it wasnt he really didnt believe it was linked!!! so that is a little relief and hope for us :-) and to my shock i fell pregnant 1 week after miscarriage couldnt believe it -is as if my husband looks at me and im pregnant lol im keeping my sugars low and hoping and praying i get to three months

 

lots of love

 

i am trying to fix my profile but email me keep me updated girls xxxxxx

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lindsay

meant to say i was nearly 7 weeks when i miscarried - so you are 2 weeks past that and i think thats positive xxxxx am now 4-5 weeks pregant my bloods are between 5-8 with alot of checking correction doses and exercise xxx

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Steal

I agree with Lizzie, keep the sugars in as good of control as possible. You want to do everything you can for your little one. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Samarra

I saw this and had to join up to reply. Ladies I was in your boat 4 years ago. I suspected I had diabetes, but was too scared to really face the reality of the symptoms I was seeing, and I let things go far too long. We had an unexpected pregnancy (REALLY unexpected as in - my husband and I were actively trying NOT to conceive), and the end result was that I conceived on an A1C that was about 13. I was able to get my sugars under control by about week 7 of the pregnancy and I had a great team of care givers that were encouraging and helped me while I faced that I was diabetic and began to adapt to that lifestyle.

 

Believe me when I say that I understand the anxiety and terror of wondering if you've hurt your baby. After finding out I was pregnant I was practically catatonic for the next 3 days before I pulled myself up and forced myself to go to the doc and admit that I was pregnant and almost certain that I was diabetic.

 

We are so so blessed in that our beautiful little girl is now 3 and a half (and please don't forget to say the "half" part - that is VERY important these days). She's perfectly healthy, active, smart as a whip, and everything we could have hoped for. All fears and worries aside, my pregnancy could not have been more positive. By the Grace of God, I was able to keep good control of my numbers throughout the pregnancy, only gained 15 pounds, and was eventually able to relax and enjoy being pregnant and looking forward to our little one. We had a bunch of extra tests because she had been conceived on such a high A1C (such as a fetal echocardiogram, extra ultrasounds, etc.), so it was a unique experience, but it all turned out OK.

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clashann

I found out I was pregnant in 2009 after trying for many years and giving up all hope of ever having anymore. Our daughter was 12 so we just assumed it was not going to be. I had'nt had my diabetes under proper control for years and at my 1st antenatal appointment my HBA1C was 11.2 :eek:

Like you, I thought I had done the worst thing I could possibly have done, damaging my unborn baby in every which way I could think of. With alot of effort on my part, my HBA1C came down every month 7.8, 6.4 then 5.7 and its lowest at 5.4. When I say alot of work, I really mean it but pregnancy gives you that extra determination. I was overweight so had to cut down on food intake but it did feel like I was living on fresh air for most of the pregnancy.

My little girl was induced at 38 weeks weighing 8lb 5oz a good weight that I was very proud of achieving, only an ounce heavier than her sister who was born before I had diabetes. So the best advice I can give you is to try and not worry about it, do everything in your power to do your best for your LO from now on, dwelling on things that can't be changed does you no favours.

 

I wish you all the best for this pregnancy :) xx

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Dannythe
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Vitamin C is good for diabetes peoples and the best solution to get vitamin C is in Green tea it contains vitamin C and have good in taste so use green tea it will also reduce your weight and control it or also good for cancer and diabetes peoples.

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Lay

I am 7 weeks pregnant and have a hba1c of 12 grrrrrrr! Has been for some years and now have a unplanned pregnancy and worrying about birth defects, miscarriages, and all other horror stories about! Majority of the time I worry so much I make myself have low blood sugars, my bloods have been good since I found out but am sick with worry! Have I already done far too much damage! Can scans show birth defects etc? Someone please out my mind SORT IF TO REST!

 

Lacey

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amjon
I am 7 weeks pregnant and have a hba1c of 12 grrrrrrr! Has been for some years and now have a unplanned pregnancy and worrying about birth defects, miscarriages, and all other horror stories about! Majority of the time I worry so much I make myself have low blood sugars, my bloods have been good since I found out but am sick with worry! Have I already done far too much damage! Can scans show birth defects etc? Someone please out my mind SORT IF TO REST!

 

Lacey

Scans throughout can normally detect most birth defects. Are you seeing a maternal-fetal specialist? If you haven't been referred you should ask about it as they deal with high risk pregnancies and will help you get better control of your blood sugars and can check for problems with the baby. Mine has me come every 2 weeks for U/S (though that may be largely due to the fact that they discovered twins at our first U/S).

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2high

Lacey, when I found out that I was pregnant with my son, my a1c was 12.7. I worked really hard, and by the time i was 22 weeks, my a1c was 7.0. My son was very large, and his stomach always measured bigger than the rest of his organs. He was delivered by c-sect at 37 weeks, weighing 9lb 12oz. He had some breathing problems, and was on cpap for 12 hours, but was otherwise ok, apart from low platelets for his first 5 days. They eventually came up with no intervention.

 

He is now 2, and perfectly healthy apart from some exzema. He has the normal 2 yo attitude, and is as smart as they come.

 

Keep your sugars as tight as you can. For your child, you need to work hard. Try not to stress out - as amjon said, scans will keep you updated with everything. With proper care, chances are that your baby will be as healthy as Riley.

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may100

Hello everyone! I, myself am about 5 weeks pregnant. I haven't been to a doctor yet and my A1C is probably at a 7.6. Like most of you, I just keep hearing horror stories and I find myself getting more and more worried. This is definately affecting my BGs as it is. Besides all this, this wasn't a planned pregnancy. I had been parting it up with my fiance all this time befor we found out about the pregnancy. If I dont die of a heat attack first from the horror stories, hopefully I can have a healthy baby. I just want to say that no diabetic is perfect and I feel that every time I go to the doctor, nothing that I do is ever good enough for my doctor. Wait til he finds out about this pregnancy!!!!! lololol. I've been testing like crazy and I'm on an insulin pump so hopefully everything will go well. Good luck to all the ladies living with diabetes and pregnant! May100

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Kathryn10

I think we all worry about these types of things even if we have excellent blood sugar control. There is always SOMETHING to worry about, diabetic or not, during pregnancy! My best advice is to stop googling "diabetes and pregnancy" because all you'll find are horror stories. I have a perfectly healthy 5 1/2 year old daughter and my a1c was in the 7 range when I found out I was pregnant with her (complete surprise). This time my a1c was in the low to mid 5's (I think 5.5 and then 5.2 a month or so later) and I am now 19 weeks along and starting to see some insulin resistance. All you can do is control your numbers as best as possible and try to stick with foods whose effects you are familiar with, even though it is difficult.

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cherrylove

Hi I know someone close to me who were in the same situation. She just maintained the sugars in as good of control as possible. Also, it would be useful if you seek medical advice as they have more knowledge about that. Good luck with your pregnancy. :-)

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kiranchandra

what you are doing now, you are doing a great job and i hope you are at the beginning of a very happy journey

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kiranchandra

I thought I had done the worst thing I could possibly have done, damaging my unborn baby in every which way I could think of. With alot of effort on my part, my HBA1C came down every month 7.8, 6.4 then 5.7 and its lowest at 5.4. When I say alot of work, I really mean it but pregnancy gives you that extra determination. I was overweight so had to cut down on food intake but it did feel like I was living on fresh air for most of the pregnancy.

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Nicole 123456

Hello, I am new to the forum and just over 13 weeks pregnant. I've had Type 1 diabetes (poorly controlled) since I was 10 years old and now I'm 33. I didn't realise I was pregnant until I was 8 weeks gone, and my blood sugar levels were high all the time up until that point. Now they're under control and I think I'm doing well, judging by what the doctors have said, but I was terrified - and still am - that I might have harmed my unborn baby. My partner and I were thrilled when we had the first ultrasound and the doctor said the baby's heartbeat was healthy. I'm trying not to worry too much now, and I have a very supportive partner, but I am praying my baby is healthy. As with anyone else - diabetic or not, I guess - I couldn't bear it if anything bad happened. I so desperately want everything to be perfect with our baby - for my partner as much as for myself - but it's very hard. So I just wanted to say to anyone out there who's scared: you're not alone, and I suppose we just have to do our best to make sure we get our diabetes under control as best we can as soon as possible. Ideally, we would have done as the advice says and planned the pregnancy, but life just doesn't work that way most of the time. Hoping anyone on here who, like me, is worried has a healthy pregnancy after all. Best of luck xxx

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rouse007
Hello, I am new to the forum and just over 13 weeks pregnant. I've had Type 1 diabetes (poorly controlled) since I was 10 years old and now I'm 33. I didn't realise I was pregnant until I was 8 weeks gone, and my blood sugar levels were high all the time up until that point. Now they're under control and I think I'm doing well, judging by what the doctors have said, but I was terrified - and still am - that I might have harmed my unborn baby. My partner and I were thrilled when we had the first ultrasound and the doctor said the baby's heartbeat was healthy. I'm trying not to worry too much now, and I have a very supportive partner, but I am praying my baby is healthy. As with anyone else - diabetic or not, I guess - I couldn't bear it if anything bad happened. I so desperately want everything to be perfect with our baby - for my partner as much as for myself - but it's very hard. So I just wanted to say to anyone out there who's scared: you're not alone, and I suppose we just have to do our best to make sure we get our diabetes under control as best we can as soon as possible. Ideally, we would have done as the advice says and planned the pregnancy, but life just doesn't work that way most of the time. Hoping anyone on here who, like me, is worried has a healthy pregnancy after all. Best of luck xxx

 

Hi Nicole, I am in the same boat as you and while I am doing the best I can now, I only hope it is not too late for the first 6 weeks I didn't know. Trying not to worry. So I assume they have done multiple testing and such by now, how is everything? How are you doing? Probably one of the hardest times of my life and I am sure you can relate. ~Amy

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CantrellLori

My grandmother used to have sky high blood sugar during pregnancy too and it didn't affect my mom in any way. She never had any blood sugar problems. Good luck!

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Lizzie G
Spammers always seem to drag up very old posts. Why is that so?

 

lol you are like a one man spam fighting army today! good question though, no idea how spammers work. when i see new activity on a thread like this i always hope to see a positive update from someone who had a rough start to pregnancy; its a shame a lot of these ladies never come back.

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