Post # 1
I’m 8 weeks 3 days pregnant today, and I found out I was pregnant at around 4 weeks 4 days. We honestly didn’t think we would have another child after our son and even tried fertility treatments a couple of years ago without success. Well boy did we get the surprise of our lives!!! I’m really worried because my blood sugars before knowing I was pregnant were between 200 and 300 consistently. After finding out, they are under much better control, but I still have an occasional spike up into the 200s. I see my high risk OB soon, and hopefully they will tell me everything is ok. I had my first US last week, and the baby had a good heart rate of 168. That was encouraging. I’m terrified of miscarriage or birth defects because of the early high sugars though. Has anyone else been through this with their pregnancy, and what was the outcome? Thanks guys. Just really need some encouragement.
Post # 2
Have you been diagnosed as a diabetic by physician and if so what type? Exercise and eating the right carbs along with watching what types of sugar you ingest is important. Is there a diabetes educator you can be referred to?
Post # 3
Hi soontobeamg, Thanks for your reply. Yes, I’ve been a Type 2 diabetic for over 10 years. I’m also a nurse, which is probably the worst part of this all. I know I should have never let my blood sugars get so out of control. Sad on my part. I’ve been on insulin since my pregnancy with my son, 5 years ago. I became extremely insulin resistant with that pregnancy and require ridiculous amounts of insulin for control. Like I said, they are under almost perfect control now because I’m taking my insulin and watching everything I eat. There is a diabetic educator at my high risk OB group that I will see. Thanks for the tips. I’m really hoping to hear from someone that has been through the same thing I’m going through.
Post # 4
I have type 2 diabetes but I’m lucky in that during pregnancy my blood sugars seem to get so much better. Of course I do eat right and exercise and take insulin, but I seem to need less than normal. In fact, close to delivery I really needed less, I guess the baby was already separating from me or something. Anyway, diabetes can be controlled but of course as you know it has to be monitored. My advice is to find a diabetes endocrinologist and see if they will see you once a month. I report my blood sugars to mine every week and they make adjustments if needed. Get diabetes cookbooks, you’d be surprized how many good recipes there are out there. Do as much diabetes education as you can. I went to classes at 2 different hospitals, and found that certain things that had been mentioned at the first one didn’t really sink in until I had heard it again. It may seem like a pain, but it is worth it in the end and you absolutely can have a healthy pregnancy and baby. See if your hospital can refer you for a fetal echo at 20 weeks, too. But do pay attention to your readings. Take them several times a day, up to 10 times. You have to be diligent but it will become second nature after a while.