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January 5th, 2010, 12:29 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Houston, TX
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It seems like every few days my body gets used to the insulin level I'm on and I have to up my dosage. Does this happen to everyone or just me? I'm 32 weeks so the baby and placenta are getting bigger by the day, is that maybe the reason?

I mean literally I'll adjust my nighttime amount by 2 units, I'll be ok for a few days and then my fasting numbers are high again and I'll have to add another 2 units. It's so frustrating, especially because my doctor said not to up my insulin on my own but I can't keep calling her every few days so I'm doing it anyways (very carefully as well).

Thanks for the help!

DS 7/10/07
DD due 3/1/10
GD w/both, Insulin w/both
Currently 26units Lantus insulin at lunch and 18units NPH insulin at bedtime
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January 5th, 2010, 05:27 PM
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It is normal for insulin needs to increase. The placenta causes insulin resistance, and as it gets bigger, you get more and more resistance. Before I got my insulin pump I was taking about 2.5 times what you are taking of NPH at bedtime - and that was my first trimester. I would talk to your doctor about your concerns - it is NOT safe to make insulin dosage adjustments yourself. You may need to make 1 bigger adjustment instead of a lot of little ones.

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January 7th, 2010, 06:40 PM
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I agree with what Rebecca said, and definitely DO NOT increase doses yourself.

Yes, you can and should be calling / emailing your doctor every few days to discuss your blood glucose levels and asking how your dosage needs to be adjusted. I was emailing my diabetes educator every 2 days with my numbers and met with her face-to-face once a week. My doses would sometimes jump up 10 extra units between emails simply because of my fasting blood glucose levels. During my last week of pregnancy, I was injecting 85 units of NPH a night; previous week was 75 units.

Please don't think you are being a burden on your doc by contacting her every few days. Remember: she works for YOU, not the other way around

Take care of yourself!

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