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JE101

Struggling with regular hypos :-(

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JE101

Hi,

 

It's been a while since I last posted, and it has been a bit of a roller-coaster since then. Back in May I had a pregnancy of unknown location, which was really tough to go through. I then discovered I was pregnant again in June (just a month and a half later!), and am now 12 weeks along.

 

I'm on a Minimed pump, and I've been working really hard to avoid high blood sugars (my last HbA1c back in July was 6.0%, which I thought was pretty good), but this has had the knock-on effect that I'm having quite a lot of lows these days, and am just feeling like a bit of a failure just now ;-(. Feeling really rubbish today because I woke up to my husband trying to get me to drink a can of sprite this morning because I'd gone low during the night :-( Just feeling a bit down right now, and could really do with some support. I'm doing my best to try to balance everything, but it seems like there's never a perfect balance, and now I'm terrified that recurrent lows are going to have had a damaging effect on the baby.

 

Sorry to sound like such a moan, but am just feeling like such a failure right now, and am really worried that no matter what I do, I'm somehow harming this little bean.

 

Would love to hear some encouraging stories just now!

 

 

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NoraWI

Why don't you raise your nighttime basal on the pump a click or two starting 2 hours before you usually go low? That won't affect your overall BG much but may help you avoid lows at night.

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Stl-T2

I have faith that you are doing the absolute best you can for your little one.  Hugs to you for all you've been through!

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Tanikit

Lows are very common in pregnancies starting usually around 10 weeks and running through to about 14-16 weeks (although I continued to experience bad lows til 18 weeks in my second pregnancy).  As for recurring lows damaging a baby - they don't. I have two children, with whom I had very severe lows during both pregnancies - the second pregnancy the ambulance was out to treat the severe lows three times and I was going low (below 36) a few times daily. My children are both perfectly healthy - the way they can be harmed by such severe lows would have occurred had I crashed the car or drowned or done something that would have caused physical injury to me (both of which were a big concern of mine at the time.)

 

Hang in there - your hba1c is good and you are doing the best for your baby. Lower the basal rate a bit but know that in a few weeks time you will need to start raising it all over again and usually you need to keep raising it til the end of pregnancy - these weeks (10-14) are a little like the honeymoon phase before the insulin resistance of pregnancy kicks in. 

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JE101

Thanks very much for your comments. I'm definitely working on reducing my basal rates overnight, but it seems like things change so quickly that I make a change and it's either not enough or too much, but working on it. Reduced my rates last night and things went a bit better, but still woke up with a 3.4mmol/l.

 

Tanikit, that's really encouraging that things went well for you with both pregnancies, it gives me hope!

 

I have my 12-week scan today, so keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best! :-)

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