Hello so I'm new here but I've had type diabetes for 13 years. This is very personal and touchy subject but I was wondering if there are any diabetic moms or diabetic soon to be mom's out there that could help with my question. I want to know how safe it is to have a baby and all the precautions and or steps needed to achieve a healthy baby and myself. See I had a miscarriage two years ago on mother's day so I blame myself and not being "healthy" enough. But no one knows how it happened. Things happen for a reason whether it be good or bad we know it or not, is what I believe. I just want to talk with someone on this subject so they can help me or give me advice someone who is going through it or has gone through it. Thank yiu for reading and hope to hear from someone soon. :)

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Comment by rick the "Blogabetic" on March 8, 2014 at 12:34am

I am obviously not a mom, but I believe you will find some great support and information at our group "oh Baby" located at:

http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/ohbaby?commentId=583967%3AComment%3...

As a child of an eventual type 1 who struggled with this decision in the 50's I am a great admirer of women who struggle with this decision. All I can say is yes a positive pregnancy possible so long as you keep very tight control. and with that i will go back to the sidelines, admiring women who struggle with this conundrum and their eventual decision one way or the other. I wish you the very best of good fortune.

rick

Comment by shoshana27 on March 8, 2014 at 7:16am

i've had T1 since i was not yet 3years old.
i had 3 children who are well & healthy.
go ahead have a baby as long as you take care of yourself & have the right
good endo, etc...
GOOD LUCK.
WELCOME TO TUDIABETES.
HUGS.

Comment by Clare on March 8, 2014 at 4:29pm

I have had D since 1975. In 1988 I had a miscarriage and I too blamed myself for it. But I don't think it had anything to do with D and I subsequently had a successful pregnancy in 1990. My son is now 23 years old and is healthy and happy. While my control at the beginning of my pregnancy was less than ideal, my A1C immediately following his birth was 5.4. I'm pretty sure the super tight control during the pregnancy contributed to the good outcome. So yes, it is possible. Shoshana and I were pregnant well before CGM's were available. I think if I were to do it all again, I would definitely make sure I had a Dexcom from the start.

Comment by atina hankin on March 9, 2014 at 5:05pm
Wow clare that is so inspiring! :) that makes me feel so much better that the baby can be healthy and happy as long as I remain under control and tight A1Cs. Did you have any type of complications at all? Or was it like a normal pregnancy?
Comment by Clare on March 9, 2014 at 5:10pm

It was a totally normal pregnancy, no complications at all. They did an amniocentesis to assess lung development at 37 weeks which was a bit scary but I think that is what triggered labor because I was supposed to be induced on Tuesday but my water broke during Monday night football. It was also a completely natural delivery with no drugs at all. I'm not sure I would recommend that :)

Comment by atina hankin on March 9, 2014 at 5:13pm
That's very wonderful. :) I'm going to do the no drugs I don't believe in it and plus I have my own views on it also that damn needle is way too big going into the back. I have another question were you on any type of pump or shots. I'm currently on shots but hopefully in the near future going to a pump.
Comment by Clare on March 9, 2014 at 5:20pm

I was strictly on shots I didn't get a pump until last year, but I think it would have certainly helped with control if I had one back when I was pregnant. But the biggest thing I would get even before a pump is a Dexcom.

Comment by atina hankin on March 9, 2014 at 5:21pm
What is a dexcom?
Comment by Clare on March 9, 2014 at 5:30pm

www.dexcom.com
it is a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) basically it is a sensor that is inserted into a fat part of your body. It has a wire that is embedded in your skin and a transmitter that sends a signal to a receiver which you carry. It tests your blood sugar 288 times a day - or every 5 minutes. It is great for being able to see trends and patterns of your blood sugar throughout the day and night. For me it is especially good because I no longer feel it when I become hypoglycemic. I don't have any of the classic symptoms - shaky, sweaty, etc so I rely on the Dexcom to wake me up in the middle of the night if I am going low and during the day to stay on track.

Comment by atina hankin on March 9, 2014 at 5:32pm
Oh my gawsh that is way cool. Sorry I haven't heard of it so I'm pretty excited about that. So if it tests your blood do you still have to test it? I will be definitely talking to my endo about this :)

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