Post # 1
My husband and I wanted to enjoy our first year of marriage before TTC. And now.. right when we’re ready and excited to start, I made a doctor’s appointment and was diagnosed with diabetes. It’s been rough. My doctor advised me that I should wait at least three months before TTC because the diabetes has been uncontrolled for awhile.. and I need to make sure that my blood sugar level averages at a normal range.
I’ll do whatever it takes.. but that doesn’t mean I’m not scared. I’m on metformin and am working on lifestyle and diet changes. But will that be enough? And after 3 months of a normal glucose level, can we start trying for a baby?
I’ve had baby fever for the past year.. and waiting another 3+ months seems like waiting a lifetime. Any advice from anyone who has diabetes while TTC and/or had to wait to TTC would be helpful… even just support and hugs works! =
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I’m borderline insulin resistant and have been on Metformin for several years now. I know lots of diabetic women who got pregnant easily. My insulin levels were linked to PCOS, so I don’t ovulate – which has thrown a spanner in our TTC works. Diet & exercise have been something I’ve worked on for years, without much success I’m afraid. Do you track your menstrual cycles? If not, I’d definitely keep an eye on it over the three months you’re looking after yourself. If you are having difficulties pinpointing ovulation, it’s something worth keeping an eye on.
And hugs. 🙂
Post # 4
Hi! I just wanted to offer some support. I was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago. A month later, I went to a new doctor to discuss my best plan of action for family planning. This led to a 45 minute lecture on how irresponsible I was for even considering ever getting pregnant. Needless to say, I left sobbing and heartbroken. When my endocrinologist found out, he was fuming. I never want anyone to feel the way I did. I just want to wish you the best of luck and many good thoughts on your journey!
Post # 5
Thanks for your thoughts and best wishes!
@missbrightlights: May I ask if you’re still TTC or how the process has worked for you so far? Thanks!
Post # 6
@jstmarried611: I am right there with you. I went for my annual gyn appointment, and mentioned that we were interested in a baby and asked about the prenatals I was taking. My doctor checked my blood and flipped out on me. (Like really intense, she scared me half to death!) I had no idea that my blood sugar was running high, or that I might have diabetes. I just went today and did the bloodwork for my A1C, and I am being referred to an endocrinologist.
We had just started NTNT… I don’t THINK I’m pregnant, but I’m in the two-week wait period. I was so freaked out by the appointment that I didn’t even tell her it was a possibility I could be pregnant already, even though it would be too early for a positive test (Big mistake, I know, but I’ll worry about that when I get there, and just be super low-carb until I know for sure, I guess.) I’m in the middle of the TWW and now instead of being hopeful, I’m terrified that I’m pregnant. My doctor has me thinking if I am pregnant right now, our baby will have two heads or something.
However, she did give me hope for the future, once everything is better regulated, and she put me on extra folic acid, on top of what was in my vitamins. Apparently it’s absolutely necessary for diabetics to take extremely more folic acid than regular women who are TTC. I don’t want to wait either, but I guess this is our first step as moms–doing what’s best for our babies and not what we want. *hugs!*
Post # 7
I am not a diabetic, but like Jag I have insulin resistence due to PCOS. I am on metformin and have been since September 2011. We have strugged getting pregnant (in the middle of cycle 11 now) but I think that has more to do with the PCOS than the insulin issue. My reproductive endocrinologist (RE) is comfortable with me taking metformin while pregnant to keep my levels in check, and I have heard that a lot more doctors are comfortable with metformin use during pregnancy as well.
I too have struggled with the weight loss, but am working hard now to change my lifestyle and lose weight. One of my friends is diabetic and she has had 2 successful pregnancies though, so it definitely can be done! I wish you the best of luck!!! *hugs*
Post # 8
I think it’s wrong of them to scare you or make you feel like you can’t have a baby. However, it probably is a good idea to get your a1c down before TTC. That being said, my very best friend has diabetes and tried for 3 years to have a baby. After one miscarriage, she finally had her beautiful daughter. Then, years later, when deciding that due to the complications of a diabetic pregnancy, they were done and wanted to perminantly steralize the hubby, she got pregnant. 🙂 Her 2nd beautiful daughter will be 1 in a couple days. It’s all in God’s hands. Do wha thte doctor says to get healthy and listen to them during your pregnancy. If you do that, you will be just fine having children. 🙂