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Diabetes and Pregnancy

by Valerie on April 26, 2011

Diabetes and PregnancyI am the proud mom of three great boys. My first pregnancy was text book. I had no major issues, not even morning sickness (don’t hate me) although, I did gain about fifty pounds. After three years we felt it was time to expand our little family from three to four.

At the time I was working for a small multi-physician practice, so I just walked upstairs from my office for my first official prenatal exam. I was about five weeks along and completely expecting a similar experience as I had with my first child. My doctor examined me and we discussed my plans for this pregnancy and delivery. At the end of our conversation, she casually mentioned that they had found some sugar in my urine – too much really. She asked me to have a fingerstick done just to see how much (if any) sugar was in my blood.
That result showed a blood glucose of 350. The lab tech freaked. I was completely ignorant at the time of what that meant. I later learned normal blood sugar levels during pregnancy ranges from 70-100. Needless to say, a blood sugar of 350 is very high and not something anyone wants to see, let alone a pregnant woman. High blood sugars in pregnancy can contribute to birth defects, large babies that will have to be birthed by a C-section, and numerous other complications.

I soon found myself that same week sitting in the office of a diabetes educator. She went over all the potential complications, how to test my blood sugar with a glucose meter, and what I should and shouldn’t be eating and sent me on my way. Since I was so early in my pregnancy and since my sugars were so high, I was given only a week to get it under control with diet and exercise.

Sadly I found myself back in the diabetes educator’s office the next week now learning how to give myself insulin injections. To say I didn’t want stick a needle in my thigh or stomach would be a huge understatement. Needles don’t particular scare me and I don’t have phobias surrounding them, but I most certainly didn’t want to stick myself either! However, before I could leave the office that day, I had to place a needle in either my thigh or stomach in front of the educator in order to prove I could do it. I would spend the remainder of this pregnancy reminding myself that I was doing this to protect my child.

I followed a strict diabetic pregnancy meal plan, which helped to keep my blood sugars and insulin resistance under control. I only gained about 17 pounds. I did all I could to protect my child. Every time I had to inject myself with insulin (typically 4-5 times a day), I would remind myself that I was doing this to safeguard my child. I didn’t want to know that something I could have prevented with my actions would affect my precious little one for the rest of his life. And isn’t that what being a Mom is all about?

Thankfully, my second son arrived without much fanfare a week before his due date. While it took about six hours for his blood sugars to stabilize (his pancreas worked great – it was my blood that affected him though during his development), he showed no complications from my diabetes. He is now a healthy and happy almost ten-year-old active boy.  Since my blood glucose issues showed up so early in my pregnancy (at five weeks rather than at the mid-point when most are tested for signs of gestational diabetes during pregnancy) and my sugars were so high, I soon learned that not only did I have “real” diabetes, but I was also a Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetic.

I did mention this was my second son, so I did go on to have another child while a Type 1 diabetic. It definitely changed a lot of things, but thankfully, my third son arrived healthy as well. I learned quite a bit during this second diabetic pregnancy. Diabetes is something that is a nuisance, but if properly controlled, it doesn’t have to complicate life. I still live a very full and active life which is great, since I have three very active boys to chase after.

This post was written by Lisa Berry, who writes for Hound Crazy, a new dog blog.

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