Sometime in the near future (within the next six months at the earliest), my husband and I would like to start a family. I have been encouraged to get a CGM. I am just wanting some opinions/reviews on any CGM any one may be using. Also, should I go ahead and get one now if so, or wait until I become pregnant? Any suggestions or opinions are greatly appreciated!
CGM now... for sure! The more you use it the better you get at making it work for you! As for the CGM.. the G4 is awesome! Don't know about the newly FDA approved Enlite... but would say the DexCom G4 will be very hard to beat!
I think a CGM has been one of the greatest tools to help me keep numbers where they should be during pregnancy (I'm a Type 1 for 20 years, and I'm currently at 39 weeks with my first, and will deliver next week sometime). I would recommend starting it before you get pregnant, because there can be a bit of a learning curve, and you should ideally be at your optimal pregnancy A1C before you get pregnant anyway. I have tried the old Medtronic CGM (not the new Enlite) and really found it cumbersome and not as accurate. But, I have used both the Dexcom SevenPlus and the Dexcom G4 and have found them AMAZING! The accuracy with the new G4 has been fabulous, and the data it has given me has been so helpful. Obviously you'll still be doing fingersticks just as much, if not more, but the CGM has been so helpful. If you can swing it financially, it is definitely worth it!
Oh, and one more thing. Since I've been in such good control during pregnancy (my A1Cs have been in the low to mid 5s during the whole thing), I have less ability to know when I am low until I am REALLY low (like in the 40s), so a CGM has probably literally saved my life in the middle of the night a few times by waking me up when I might not have woken up soon enough.
Sorry for the wall of text, but I really love my CGM. If you're hesitant, see if you can contact a Minimed or Dexcom rep and do a trial? Whatever you decide, good luck!
Thank you both! I am definitely going to look into the Dexcom CGMs and read up on them. My old insurance only allowed me to use Bayer products, but not I am on a new insurance and can hopefully venture out from using Medtronic products solely.
I am really trying to get my A1c down below 6% (it is slightly above at the moment) and you are right, I definitely think this would be a huge help in getting me there.
Thanks for the great feedback, it is much appreciated as I am working towards my goals!
I agree--Dexcom all the way!! I had the Medtronic one with my first pregnancy, and it was awful, and now I'm pregnant with #2 and have the Dexcom G4. I definitely wish I'd gotten started on it prior to conception. I absolutely love it. My A1c's have been 6.1 (at conception), 5.5, and 4.7. (Not that it seems to be helping a whole lot--this baby is still measuring in the 96th percentile...) But anyway, for more details about it vs the Medtronic CGM, check out the CGM user group--I'll go look for the discussion and try to post a link for you.
Also FYI if you have a Mac computer, you won't be able to upload any data from the Dexcom, which sucks, but for me it's still worth it. Supposedly they're working on adding Mac compatibility, but I'm not holding my breath.
Check out this discussion: http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/dexcomusers/forum/topics/any-minime...
Also the Dexcom user group in general. Good luck.
Thanks for the info, I'll go check out the group now!