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December 3rd, 2010, 07:57 PM
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I ttc my second son with Type 1 diabetes. I was on insulin (as I always will be). I ate as if I was already pregnant, which basically meant that my carb targets were lower. 20g for breakfast, 15g for all of my snacks, 60g for lunch and 60g for dinner. By keeping to those carb targets I kept my sugar in check. My doctor allowed me to eat all of the protein I wanted, so if I got hungry and it wasn't snack/meal time, I just ate lunchmeat or cheese. Some people will tell you that lunchmeat is unsafe in pregnancy (and ttc) because of listeriosis, but there are only 2500 cases per year in a population of 300 MILLION! My OB said it was more important to keep my sugars in check than worry about such a small risk.

During both ttc and pregnancy I ate a lot of dairy, because it is carbs + protein (except cheese which is just protein). A company called Hood makes low carb milk (called calorie countdown) which is really helpful.

Any other questions, just ask away.

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December 5th, 2010, 11:09 AM
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I haven't ever been ttc but I am a type 2 diabetic and I was on insulin with all of my pregnancies including now......I am having more issues this time around with insulin resistance then I did before but I had this problem before I got pregnant.....I started insulin before I got pregnant cus I was still high...my fastings were 200-250 when I got pregnant....I am currenlty only about 5 weeks pregnant and I am already on a punch of insulin....its odd that my regular doctor took me off glucovance and but me on straigt metformin since I see alot of you guys on glybride.....intersting....I am going to the endo on the 22th and the ob on the 14th so maybe one of them will change things for me.....
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December 7th, 2010, 12:17 PM
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with this pg I put myself on the GD diet before conceiving so it would give my baby and I a better chance. In the morning I drink musclemilk light it has 20 grams of protein and 8 carbs and I just get out of the fridge and its ready to drink.
I also eat natural peanut butter, cheese(but not too much) low carb yogurt and lots of veggies. Right now I am on glyburide trying not to go on insulin-I hate needles, but if insurance paid for a pump probably would be on that instead.!! easier

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December 7th, 2010, 08:22 PM
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I was on glucovance when I got preggo but my regular doctor took me off of it and put me on just plain metformin not sure why....I did get an appt with the endo moved upto Thursday so I feel much better now....I have an atkins or EAS low carb protein drink for breakfast
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December 23rd, 2010, 06:56 PM
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Are you type 1 or 2? What meds are you on? I'm type 1 and just found out we're pregnant with #3! Numbers have been crazy but I'm testing tons and have got the numbers down, not perfect, but much better. I'm on an Omnipod insulin pump and am waiting for a call from my endo to get back on the cgms. When I went on the cgm a couple years ago, my a1c went from an 8.6 to 6.1 in less than two months almost effortlessly. I follow a low carb primal/paleo diet/lifestyle and eat very low carb. Ieat lots of meat, cheese, eggs, nuts and non starchy veggies. It seems to be helping keep the fluctuations to a minimum so far. Are you on insulin or oral meds? They recommend an a1c of under 6.5 for ttc but mine have never been that low at conception. I was able to get them down very quickly with both pregnancies however.
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January 1st, 2011, 04:26 PM
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Before I got pregnant I went to the local high risk specialist and participated in their Diabetic pre-pregnancy program. Basically it is just that, pretending and treating the diabetes as if you were pregnant. For 6 months, They put me on insulin, changed my diet, I emailed my sugars in twice a week. They wanted near perfect numbers it was very grueling. But a diabetic pregnancy is not something to take lightly. It is NOT the same as a gestational diabetes.

I learned a lot and thank goodness, because when I did finally become pregnant very tough. Numbers are erratic, and always changing.

So my advice is get your diabetes under control before getting pregnant, high numbers are dangerous in early pregnancy. See if you can get a consult with a maternal fetal specialist (high risk pregnancy doctor) and have them advise you.

It totally rotted to take that TTC break, but necessary to make sure my baby (turned out to be babies) had the best chance at survival.
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