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Old Jan 25th, 2011, 18:06 PM   1
capel
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Anyone diabetic before pregnacy


I am type 1 diabetic and I am 11weeks pregnant. There is a lot of information on GD, normal diabetes but not much on tyoe 1 diabetes and pregnancy. My DSN is brilliant but I am think she is getting tired of my paranoia

Is anyone here pregnant and diabetic from conception?



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Old Jan 25th, 2011, 23:46 PM   2
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Hi, I am a type 1 diabetic and have been for 20 years now. This is my second pregnancy and I should give birth in the next 3.5 weeks. There are a few of us around on here but you might like to try www.diabeticmommy.com for more in detail discussions of diabetic issues for type 1s.

I struggled quite a bit with low sugar levels in the first trimester and often went high after fixing them as I tended to overfix. My baby is fine and healthy and is at the moment a good weight. Enjoy all the extra attention and scans you get with a diabetic pregnancy - it is a lot of hard work, but so worth it in the end when you have your baby with you.

Wishing you all the best with your pregnancy.



 
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Old Jan 26th, 2011, 09:31 AM   3
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I am going a bit crazy at the moment. Going low a lot as I am terrified to go high (first child is disabled and I am very scared this time around). Lost my hypo awareness as result of so many severe hypos and was totally ordered to decrease my doses. As a result I am off work and going crazy on my own.
Thank you for the site, its reassuring to read about others in the same situation...
Oh, and my DD disablity has nothing to do with diabetes but I still despair.



 
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Old Jan 26th, 2011, 12:24 PM   4
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I see you are in the UK, can you talk with your Dr about getting a CGMS? I believe the only one there that is approved is the minimed ( can be used with or without a MM pump).
I use one for my son, and it makes SOOOOO much difference for him! I am not sure if the navigator is available there, but am pretty sure I remember people using the MM CGMS. we use the dexcom, ( not available there) but it is the same idea, in that you have constant readings and are alerted to highs and lows in real time so you get a heads up BEFORE you go too low or too high.
We have been using the dex for 3 years and cant imagine trying to do this without it!



 
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Old Jan 26th, 2011, 15:14 PM   5
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I talked to my nurse about it. But funding it takes time, by the time I got it I would be going hypo anyway. And if I want to fund it myself it would cost around 1000. I can't aford that. I am just waiting for the next 2 weeks to pass when I can raise my levels. Now I am too scared to even try as I rather be low than high. Anyway I test every hour so I am managing to catch any hypo early...



 
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Old Jan 27th, 2011, 04:41 AM   6
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Sounds like you are doing ok and testing lots definitely helps. I have had severe hypos all pregnancy and they scare me too - as in I have nearly had car accidents and have been told by people not to drive or bath when by myself since I also nearly drowned myself by going comatose in the bath one night. I am more concerned about the lows now than I was in first trimester as it is very late in the pregnancy to be going low.

Hang in there - I found weeks 18-24 the easiest this pregnancy and weeks 13 and 14 were about the worst with the lows. Just keep testing - you can always bolus a little insulin if you go high. I lived on sweets the first trimester and had my work very well trained - they would bring fruit juice and run to the shops across the road everytime they even thought I was low (I really shouldn't have been working)

Nonetheless I think once you have a proper 12 week and then 20 week scan you should feel better. That is the aim - a healthy baby. A diabetic pregnancy is rough but as I said before so worth it when you are finally holding that baby.



 
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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 18:42 PM   7
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Hello everyone

Im type 1 diabetic and i have been for 22 years. I have 1 daughter and that was a hard pregnancy and now im pregnant again

Its been hard work but this time i know to expect the hypos. With my first pregnancy i didnt know they would happen so often and come on so quickly. I was found many a time slumped somewhere at work But this time im prepared and im checking my sugars very often and catching the lows before they get too low.

Its nice that ive found other people in the same boat as me



 
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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 23:49 PM   8
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Hi LincolnGirl - hope this pregnancy goes well. I have read somewhere that the hormones of pregnancy cause an immunosuppression that allows a type 1s pancreas to produce insulin (a bit like the honeymoon period) and that is why we go low in first trimester - couldn't find much follow up on this though.

I am not going severely low anymore now and baby should be here in about 1.5 weeks time now. This has been a really hard pregnancy (worse than the first one) I used to not be able to tell I was low until my sugars were in the 1s (this was first trimester and I had hypos about 3-6 times a day), but can at least tell now when they are in the 3s which gives far more time to treat them.



 
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Old Feb 7th, 2011, 07:18 AM   9
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Tanikit. I am just leaving the first trimester and the hypos are starting to ease. I have now just one per day. But they are always very hard to predict and come very quickly. But as I am testing A LOT now I am able to get them in the lows 3 highs 2. In the beggining I would easily hit the 1s. I am hoping that now I will get better, specially as I am less terrified of getting a sligtly higher number as the baby is fully formed and according to the scans nothing looks wrong yet. I still don't feel then, but as I am testing so much I am getting them faster. It is do frustating as I rarely had them before pregnancy. Maybe 2 a month... And I always had a very good hba1c. Never higher than 6.5 and for the past year 5.7 or 5.6. And without all the hypos...

Linconlgirl. I am not working at the moment for the exact same reason. I am a teacher and I had some severe hypos during lessons. Once I just got out of it because the children know what to do in case of a hypo. They know where to find my glucose, give it to me and if I don't take it to call someone. But for legal reasons it was decided I should not be in a classroom if I was going hypo so frequently. And a hypo can be frightening for some children, specially when sometimes I don't behave as a teacher should. Hopefully I am going back in the new half term. I will be 17 weeks by then and I hope it will be more under control.

Ah, my DSN said the hypos in the first trimester are the baby getting the glucose it needs to develop. It doesn't happen in the second and the third because by then the resistance increases.



 
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Old Feb 7th, 2011, 17:20 PM   10
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Hi LincolnGirl - hope this pregnancy goes well. I have read somewhere that the hormones of pregnancy cause an immunosuppression that allows a type 1s pancreas to produce insulin (a bit like the honeymoon period) and that is why we go low in first trimester - couldn't find much follow up on this though.

I am not going severely low anymore now and baby should be here in about 1.5 weeks time now. This has been a really hard pregnancy (worse than the first one) I used to not be able to tell I was low until my sugars were in the 1s (this was first trimester and I had hypos about 3-6 times a day), but can at least tell now when they are in the 3s which gives far more time to treat them.
ooh thats interesting. Im exactly the same as that at the mo. ive hypoed 4 times today and only realised when i was in the 1's

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Tanikit. I am just leaving the first trimester and the hypos are starting to ease. I have now just one per day. But they are always very hard to predict and come very quickly. But as I am testing A LOT now I am able to get them in the lows 3 highs 2. In the beggining I would easily hit the 1s. I am hoping that now I will get better, specially as I am less terrified of getting a sligtly higher number as the baby is fully formed and according to the scans nothing looks wrong yet. I still don't feel then, but as I am testing so much I am getting them faster. It is do frustating as I rarely had them before pregnancy. Maybe 2 a month... And I always had a very good hba1c. Never higher than 6.5 and for the past year 5.7 or 5.6. And without all the hypos...

Linconlgirl. I am not working at the moment for the exact same reason. I am a teacher and I had some severe hypos during lessons. Once I just got out of it because the children know what to do in case of a hypo. They know where to find my glucose, give it to me and if I don't take it to call someone. But for legal reasons it was decided I should not be in a classroom if I was going hypo so frequently. And a hypo can be frightening for some children, specially when sometimes I don't behave as a teacher should. Hopefully I am going back in the new half term. I will be 17 weeks by then and I hope it will be more under control.

Ah, my DSN said the hypos in the first trimester are the baby getting the glucose it needs to develop. It doesn't happen in the second and the third because by then the resistance increases.
bless ya, hopefully you will be back soon xx



 
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