Type 1 Diabetes & Pregnancy

I stumbled upon my first diabetes blog when I was researching Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy, back in 2012.  After reading various blogs, I decided to start my own blog to share my experiences with diabetes, my frustrations and my successes, as well as use it as motivation to get my A1C below seven so I could get pregnant.  In 2014, I got pregnant! And in November 2014, I had my son.  Here are some of the posts I shared from my pregnancy:

  • Pregnancy and Diabetes – Exercise

    June 24, 2014

    Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes and Exercising while pregnant

  • A few bad days

    June 20, 2014

    Tomorrow I will be 19 weeks pregnant and in that 19 weeks, I think I’ve handled my diabetes decently.  I haven’t been amazing.  I just don’t think I am one of those people who can have perfect blood sugars, not matter how hard I try.  Some days I pre-bolus and carb count correctly and everything ...

  • Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes – Fears

    June 18, 2014

    Being pregnant comes with a lot of fears:

    • Am I getting enough nutrients for the baby?
    • Am I taking the right precautions to avoid listeria?
    • Did the alcohol I had before I knew I was pregnant affect the baby?
    • Am I drinking enough water?
    • Have I remembered to take my pre-natal vitamins everyday?
    • Is my heart rate below 140bpm when I ...
    • Pregnant with Type 1 Diabetes – Doctors

      June 16, 2014

      Before getting pregnant, I had heard that if you are pregnant with Type 1 Diabetes, you will go to the doctor a lot.  I had no idea what a lot meant, but it’s a LOT.  At least once a week I am seeing someone.  My monthly routine is as follows: first week of the month ...

    • Pregnancy and Type 1 Diabetes – Resources

      June 14, 2014

      On Wednesday, I listed some of the guidelines I have been following while pregnant.  There are so many things to keep in mind when you are growing a baby in your belly.  When I found out I was pregnant the only real guideline I knew was that I couldn’t drink alcohol or have ...

    • Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes – Guidelines

      June 11, 2014

      I didn’t know much about what I should do when pregnant going into this pregnancy.  I saw my regular OBGYN a few months before I got pregnant and her only advice to me when I said I was trying to get pregnant was to take folic acid.  My endo at the time gave me zero ...

    • Pregnancy and Type 1 Diabetes-The First Trimester

      June 9, 2014

      The first thirteen weeks/first trimester flew by (although I didn’t think so at the time).  I admit I was completely unprepared for how I would feel. I thought I would just have morning sickness that would be a pain to deal with because nobody really talks about the other symptoms. For me the number one ...

    • Keeping the Secret

      June 5, 2014

      Writing a blog about my diabetes while also keeping my pregnancy a secret was no easy task.  To start with, my blood sugars have been way more amazing than they ever were pre-pregnancy.  If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen numerous postings about my low blood sugars or having a good blood ...

3 thoughts on “Type 1 Diabetes & Pregnancy

  1. Your blog inspires me! My husband and I are going to try to get pregnant starting in July 2016 and it makes me feel good that you could do it and have a happy, healthy and adorable baby boy! Right now I am in the constant, meticulous, and grueling struggle of trying to lower my A1C. I have hung out in the 7s for my whole diabetes career ( diagnosed at 10, going on 18 years with T1) but my endo wants me at 6.5 or lower for pregnancy. I am also a runner (first 5k at age 5) and have a difficult time not going low if I don’t start out in the 190s. C’est La Vie right?

    Anyways, keep writing- because I read them all! You are great! Good luck on pregnancy #2 🙂

    • Hi Grace! Thanks for the kind words…you sound very similar to me! It was so hard for me to get my blood sugars below 7 prior to pregnancy. I will say that being pregnant is a great motivator because once I got the positive, I was able to keep my blood sugars below 6.5-its doable! I also had issues with running and dropping low. Maybe eating a snack before a run could help or doing a temp basal ahead of time, that way you don’t need to start as high? I did a TON of experimenting back when I was starting to run! A run/blood sugar journal helped. Good luck!

  2. do you have any tips for insulin pump and sensor. My type 1 diabetic daughter,,, her 6 month old baby kicks the site and sensor.

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