"My insulin needs definitely decreased as soon I got into active labor. After all, labor is really physically taxing. Frequent testing will keep you on top of what's going on. You may want to ask, just so you'll know what to expect, whether…"
"I think that ketones mean that your fat is being broken down, which means that the baby wants more calories, but I don't know if increasing protein would improve that.
Try eating more complex carbs and see if that helps. I ate 180 grams per…"
"I am kind of in the same boat, too--I'm eating fairly low carb now (about 80-90g/day). When I saw the diabetes NP who works with my high-risk OB (I'm 8 weeks now), she was amazed by my control and said she hadn't seen numbers like…"
"I am around 12 weeks pregnant and was doing low carb, probably ate less then 20g a meal,and I had AMAZING blood sugars but every time I went to the OB I always had large ketones and it freaked them out a little. My Dex graphs were so pretty never…"
"I agree. It has always seemed strange to me when my docs aren't concerned with bgs all over the place, as long as my A1c is good. Since I've made the dietary changes and have reduced my SD, I definitely feel better. It can't be good…"
"My son born at 37 weeks in 1990 was 5 pounds 1/2 ounce. We took him home at 4 1/2 pounds, I have cooked chickens bigger than that child ! But I sure didn't start out with my A1C in the 6's at best it was mid 8's but by the time I…"
"I agree on all that you've said and having had it 49 years now, I am also noticing a loss of memory with alot of low Blood sugars. I'm doing alot better now that I'm on the Dexes - G4 now - and wouldn't trade it for the world.…"
"This is what I wanted to hear! :) I have always struggled with a lot of fluctuations (so I guess a pretty high SD). Lately I've made some changes to my diet that have helped a lot, but it's neat to hear that the Dexcom has helped you with…"
"Thanks for your input. I have had a healthy pregnancy, starting with an A1c of 6.2. But I also had an almost 10lb baby (at 38 weeks), born by c-section. If I can avoid macrosomia in the next baby, I'd love to do it if possible."
"Thanks, this is very helpful. I actually test 1 hour after meals, not 2 hours, per my OB's instructions. But I think the CGM will really help me see what's happening with different foods. I'm also interested to see when a bolus…"
"Thanks for all of the responses, everyone. As far as the specific goal I have set to get my A1c under 6, it is specifically because I am planning a pregnancy (as I mentioned) and not something I intend to sustain long-term. According to the…"
The work set up sounds good. I'm sure it will be a bit stressful for you (and your husband), but you will find your rhythm. It took me about a month after starting up work to feel less stressed about things.
Also, just to warn you, I have heard many say that the 6-8 weeks after the due date are a "fussy" time for many babies. They are going through changes with sleep hormones that be a tough time for them. We did not struggle with fussiness much, but those weeks were tough!! Things did get better though. Not sure if you will experience that too, but just thought that I would mention it :-)
Are you planning to still breastfeed when you return to work? When you said your colleagues were supportive about pumping, did you mean insulin pumping or breastmilk pumping?
I am not able to pump between the courses that I teach (just not enough time). So I go 8 hours without pumping or feeding once a week. That was sometimes painful, but thankfully didn't effect my milk supply. I *only* leaked once during class. Oh well.
Sorry to hear that you are dealing with c-section pain. Honestly, I didn't try to walk far after the birth -- I pretty much hung around our apartment for the first 4 weeks. I was able to move around pretty comfortably in the apartment. I had pain mostly in the motion of going from sitting to laying down.
I went for my first longer walk outside the apartment after 4 weeks and it went slowly. By 6 weeks, I was feeling much more mobile. I know there is a large degree of variation in this. As much as possible, don't push yourself if you are feeling pain! I hope that it will go away soon.
I still need to finish my PhD, but I have taken some time off from it. I am teaching one course at the university, which was been a good balance. So I am full time at home and just one afternoon a week, my mother-in-law watches our son. I do need to occasionally use a babysitter when I need to meet my students. In general, it is nice to be doing some work, but it is quite tiring when I can only do my lesson planning late at night. But we found a routine by now. Do you plan to work?
Glad that you are both doing fine now!! (Sorry I just saw your comment now!!!)
I had a scheduled c-section and our little guy had already filled the amniotic fluid with meconium -- so the doctor said that if she had waited another day, we might have faced the same. I had just completed my 38th week. But that told me that he was really ready to come out!
I hope that you are coping OK with the recovery. I don't know what your experience will be like, but I found the first days to be SO exciting and then came a very tiring period (months 1-3). I didn't realize how intense newborn care would be!! But now my son is 5 months old and I am finding life more manageable again (I even take a shower everyday -- imagine that!).
Above is a photo of Diabetes Hands Foundation’s own Manny Hernandez with the stars of the Diabetes Co-Stars Video, “Strength in Numbers.” In case you haven’t heard the news yet, there is a new video making it’s way through the … Continue Reading
The Diabetes Hands Foundation and Diabetes Advocates Program is proud to announce and congratulate the members of DA who were granted scholarships to attend diabetes conferences in 2013! Thanks to a generous grant from Novo Nordisk, in 2013 we were … Continue Reading