This is my first post ever here so I suppose I should start with saying hello! This is a bit of a long shot but I was really wondering if anyone would be able to help me out a little as I'm a bit worried...
I'm 22 weeks pregnant, first time and very very excited! I'm also type 1 diabetic so I've been aware there are potentially more problems than usual and so far I've been very good and haven't had any real problems. Buuut, today I've been feeling quite "off" all day, and my blood glucose levels are way higher than they should be. And of course this has to happen over Easter weekend when it is pretty much impossible to get in touch with any kind of healthcare unless you just go to hospital, which I think in my case would be over the top because this is nothing I wouldn't usually be able to deal with by myself.
Also, I'm absolutely starving ALL the time last few days and I need to pee all the time as well, so much so that I had a "little accident" last night (sorry if too much information!). And generally just feeling all tired and achey. But I don't know whether or not this is typical for 22 weeks or if it's diabetes related, but because that's EXACTLY how I felt when I was first diagnosed (when I was 13!) I'm a bit paranoid about it
So... argh, I don't know what to do really! Plus, I'm kind of worrying because I haven't officially told my boss that I'm pregnant yet and I know I've got to do that next week... and have kind of been putting it off. So maybe it is the worrying that is making my blood sugar levels too high, but maybe it is pregnancy related... I just don't know and I'm not sure what I should do until Tuesday, which will be realistically the first chance I can make an appointment.
If anyone can help me with this at all, I would be SO grateful!
Hi really sorry I don't no much about diabetes but I'm 20 weeks and needing the toilet loads and also hungry all the time so is quite typical. However I would suggest maybe phoning NHS direct and asking there advice which may be more specific to your case with having diabetes. Hope you feel better soon x
Thanks for your reply I'm glad it's not just me who's been hungry all the time! I was told that this would happen but wasn't expecting it quite so soon!
NHS Direct are generally not able to help too much with diabetes matters (I've tried before...) so I suspect they'll just tell me to go to the hospital, which I'm really not thinking isn't gonna be necessary... So maybe I'd better just wait it out. Thank you anyway for the suggestion tho x
Hey hun. I am not a diabetic but I am an ICU nurse. Keep a close eye on your sugars of course. High blood sugars lead to increased urination, which leads to increased thirst, which leads to electrolyte abnormalities.
You could have a UTI or any other subtle infection can lead to increased blood sugars due to the stress response of your body. I doubt the stress of telling work would effect your sugars that much.
If you are running high because of your diet and you can recognize that.. then you need to adjust your diet to less concentrated sweets and more veggies and proteins. And increase your insulin as prescribed by your doctor. If you see no reason for the sugar spikes it could be to a UTI and you need to get checked out. Going into DKA would not be good!!!!
Take care hun!
It is very easy to get dehydrated with high blood sugars.. You don’t want that at all!! So good for you for trying to stay on top of it!
Thanks ever so much for taking all the time to write this... all so logical and I know it myself really, but when I get worried it's like all my common sense just goes out of the window!
I don't think it's diet related... I have been eating more than before but I've been trying to adjust what I eat accordingly. And I know I've been quite good so... it should have been ok. I guess I am being a bit over the top stressy but the thing is I've been SO in control of my diabetes since I was about 16, and I only had high readings like this a few times when I was really sick... and it just feels like a big responsibility being pregnant, because it's not only me that it's affecting any more!
Well, I did call up NHS and they said to try to get an emergency app tomorrow because it may be an infection, or I may need to change my insulin doses (again!), or both. Apparently it's not high enough to be immediately worrying (which is what I thought) but it's something that needs to be dealt with asap. So I'd better just stop stressing and see what the morning brings! I honestly don't think I've felt this fed up about being diabetic since I was about 14, it's something I've learned to live with to such an extent that it's just part of my routine, but it just worries me that something is going to go wrong with my pregnancy because I've not controlled diabetes properly and I would never, ever forgive myself if that happened!
Thanks for all your kind words and help
Hi there, so sorry you're having a rough weekend. I'm type 2 diabetic, insulin dependent. I'm also about the same amount pregnant as you. My sugars have started to creep up now over the second trimester. I've been able to deal with them mostly with increased insulin, but they have been doing some whacky things (food that has few carbs and usually is no problem suddenly shoots my lood sugar high, that sort of thing).
I'd highly recommend this thread to you: http://www.babyandbump.com/gestation...-pregnacy.html
It's quite old, but still active, and just reading back over the information from other ladies with diabetes might help you know what to expect and what to look out for. You could also pose your question on thrre as well, of course.
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