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Hi everyone! I'm new here, and looking for a few people who are going through the same thing I am. I've had three miscarriages with no explanation behind them, and now I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant with what will be my first baby. I just got a call from my doctor telling me that I am diabetic, and that I may have been diabetic before I even go pregnant. I'm wondering what this means for me. I have an appointment tomorrow morning at 10 AM to discuss things with a high-risk specialist. This all has me quite worried, as I've been reading those scary things online about huge babies and birth defects caused by diabetes. I'm here for support and education. Anything you can tell me will be helpful. Thanks!
Hello, My name is Jenny I am an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic. I participated in a 6 month long pre-pregnancy diabetic program before getting pregnant with twins in 2008.
What it will mean for you really does depend on if you were diabetic before the pregnancy. But I don't think there is a way to find out, all you can do now is focus in improving your sugar numbers. With out of control Gestational diabetes the risk is big babies and underdeveloped lungs. With out of control type 1 or 2 diabetes the risk is tiny babies (the issue I had) and birth defects. A lot of gestational diabetics can handle it with a diet change, but most type 2 need meds or insulin. Type 1 all need insulin. Since we don't know if it is going to be a Gestational diabetes or if you will be a diabetic after pregnancy I will give some info on both.
For your pregnancy it might be a bit overwhelming, its a lot of lifestyle change very quickly, but it is very doable.
They will likely give you a meal plan, and that is the hard part. At first I hated the diet change, I liked to eat, LOL. but now I am used to eating smaller portions more frequently. Also as a diabetic you need to make sure you get protein with every meal and snack. never eat a carb (corn is a carb not a vegetable) without a protein (protein = meat, egg, cheese)
You will get a meter and have to check your sugars, I check mine on the side of my palm opposite my thumb since it doesn't hurt there, it really hurts my fingertips. The more you check your sugar and know what they are, and how they are changing throughout the day the better you are able to manage them.
If your sugars are very high you might need insulin, which can be scary if you have never given yourself a shot. But once you do it the first couple times it becomes a breeze. The first couple shots is kind of just trying to get past the fact you are stabbing yourself with something, LOL. But the needles are very thin and it really rarely hurts. I find my stomach is the best spot, but when I was pregnant I was unable to inject there, mommy instinct I guess. Then my thigh, and lastly the back of my arm I find I seem to hit a lot of nerves on the arm.
For sugar numbers I was told to aim between 80-100 at all times during pregnancy. These are hard numbers to aim for though. When not pregnant my doctors are happy if I can keep them under 130. For reference a normal persons sugar averages to be about 70. Also one thing I keep in the back of my mind is that if your sugar is approaching 180 it is starting to damage your veins and organs. As a young diabetic I remember that because I need to live for a long time with this disease, so I try to manage it well.
Hope this doesn't overwhelm you, just wanted to give you some tidbits. You will find out a lot more at your training. If you let me know what kind of diet plan they have for you I can give more pointers, I am a pro at diabetic eating, lol. Feel free to pm if you need some support.
there is a website based solely on diabetes. its called diabetic mommy dot com.. (no spaces and a period instead of dot)it is perfect for when you are expecting and after pregnancy or even before pregnancy. I have been a type 1 diabetic since 1998 and I too am currently pregnant. I am 18weeks and 1 day. I too had 2 prior miscarriages and my doctor believes it was because of uncontrolled diabetes. This pregnancy has been hard on me. I have been having terrible lows to where i end up having seizures and i get very violent. It is better than having too many highs tho. I will recommend getting on the insulin pump if you are on insulin. You are way better controlled than with injections. Just remember that diabetics too can have safe happy healthy babies. My main concern is the baby being too large for a VD. Hopefully that will happen. (VD).. rather than a C-Section. Definitely check out the website. It a nice place to get information that other diabetics have gone thru and they are very friendly. Good Luck. I hope this helps. If you have any questions you can email me here