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Pregnant type 1 diabetics, step over here...

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I seem to have filled up the old thread and thought I better start a new one! grin Still got ages to go, don't leave me now...

Am currently sat waiting for my 16 week antenatal appt, been here an hour so far and just had BP done and that's it.

I was eating skittles last night throughout the two hourly feeds and still woke up hypo....

16 week appt went well, heard the heartbeat for the first time, so that was nice. A1c has come down to 6.8, still too high to my mind but the hospital seem happy with it. They're sending us for a fetal cardiac scan next month though, alongside the normal anomaly scan.

And I asked about delivery dates, the consultant reckons between 36-38 weeks, not later than 38 weeks though. Naturally, 36 weeks is exactly 1 day after DD's 6th birthday...will have to think about party plans!

Hopingforno2 Tue 18-Dec-12 14:19:34

Hi rue so glad ur appoinyment went well, its funny how much care varies depending where u r. I got my 20 week scan when babys heart was checked but no special scans esp for heart. Your hba1c is pretty good mines only came below 6% to 5.7 at around 20 weeks so u will get there smile

How far along is everyone else? I remeber puds you said around the same as me. Im 22 weeks 5 days

dieciocho Tue 18-Dec-12 16:30:52

Ah ha! I've found you grin.
Urgh, been at boring training day all day, but I teach my last class tomorrow and then I'm on Maternity leave until April. Yay!

Um, so length of time since diagnosis = 23 years this New Year's Eve. Spotty, were you diagnosed on NYE too?

Good news re: heart beat Rue. Always reassuring.

I had a borderline under-active thyroid while at university, but it seems ok now.

Hoping I'll be 34 weeks this Thursday.

diec yes I was grin well, sort of. That's when my mum tested my sugar level and it was 26 or something. Hospital didn't want me in that day, went in New Years Day confused I'm sure these days they would have you in ASAP?!

They don't always admit you at all these days spotty - there are some areas that do it all as an outpatient apparently! Can't imagine it though, I spent 2 weeks in hospital after I was diagnosed, including a morning when I had my injection as normal then wasn't allowed to eat until I'd had a hypo. I faked it grin and they never noticed, on account of not being able to do a blood test on the ward.

That does surprise me! Especially as I was only 12. I suppose they thought one more night wouldn't make any difference grin

Hopingforno2 Tue 18-Dec-12 19:46:29

I was never admitted either, in fact in took around 2 weeks from visiting gp to diagnosis sad i wasnt even worried at the time knowing what i do now im lucky i didnt end up dka!

Mylittlepuds Tue 18-Dec-12 19:46:58

Phew! I panicked then! I need my dibo support.

Yes Hoping I'm 21 weeks 5 days smile

Rue - have you found things harder with DCs in terms of being so on the ball with your blood sugars? I find having a toddler v hard as you want to make something healthy, carb count properly and then test and correct if needed 90 mins after. I find though I have to shove a crisp sandwich down my throat, inject a guesstimate and cross my fingers! My nurse would be thrilled with your HBA1c - mine was 7.5 at conception and she wasn't flustered. Came down to 6.5 and then 5.8 at 20 week scan, so I reckon your next one will drop again. I really don't think I'll be repeating in the 5s again though as from 20 weeks things have gone a bit, erm, wrong!

Oh Spotty - night feeds: arggghhhhhhhh! You BFing? Or has it not been poss cos of SCBU?

Mylittlepuds Tue 18-Dec-12 19:48:52

Hoping me too - GP diagnosed me with type two and told me to steer clear of grapes! I think I was very close to DKA as was very, very poorly by the time I was diagnosed properly.

StoneBaby Tue 18-Dec-12 20:07:24

Oh I've had my LO nearly 3 years ago, but a Type 1 diabetes thread wuold have been so good. I'm now trying for n2 so fx I'll be joining you ladies soon smile.

During my 1st pregnancy, I was seeing the diabetes doctor every 2 weeks. i did one hypoglycemic coma at 18 weeks while at work and ending up in hospital (the ambulance was too concern to let me stay I work when I regained consciousness). DS was born at 38 weeks by induction.

Good luck ladies, it is hard but worth it at the end.

Puds I am bf. he wakes every two hours at night sad

Mylittlepuds Tue 18-Dec-12 21:16:46

Oh God Spotty. I don't think I can do it again! Not with a toddler to run around after the day after. Shit!! Have you had many hypos?

Hopingforno2 Tue 18-Dec-12 21:43:32

Puds hi glad u found thread smile oh we will be having babies very close, how old is your other lo? Mines is 4 so not been too bad still not sure how i will cope with a newborn as well tho lol i was wondering about breastfeeding i tried hard with ds but my milk took too long to come in.

Hi stonebaby the ladies on here are great support smile how old is ur lo?

Hopingforno2 Tue 18-Dec-12 21:44:20

Spotty did ur milk come in quickly?

I've had a few bit I haven't been concentrating at all. I think I should start now things have settled down a bit! It is tiring but doesn't seem as bad as first time round grin

It was day 3/4 so pretty normal (I was induced and had ds at 35+4)

Mylittlepuds Tue 18-Dec-12 21:52:48

Hoping my DC1 is 19 months and this DC was a happy 'surprise'! I'm really worrying about coping with two as have suffered with bad anxiety since DC1 was born - I think brought on by my diabetes diagnosis and then the stress of a diabetic pregnancy!

Spotty I'm glad to hear it! I kept going for ten months with DS but this time I'll be really happy to get to 6. If it goes well then great but it's the tiredness and the not being able to leave the baby's side that I found hard. Also it 'all being on you'. Perhaps I'll try combination feeding this time as was quite militant and hard on myself last time - oh yes and DS wouldn't take a bottle until he was nine months! Don't worr about not concentrating on the diabetes - give yourself a bit of a break. I intend to be very very kind to myself re. levels once the baby is here (God willing)

Hopingforno2 Tue 18-Dec-12 21:53:26

Hopefully it will come in quicker this time then it was like a week after ds was born and by then id caved and started bottle, if u dont mind answeing this and u dont have to what was the reason for induction at 35+4? I havent read back all the pages on prev thread.

Mylittlepuds Tue 18-Dec-12 21:55:38

Wow a week Hoping! I'd have definitely caved if it mine had took that long. I remember freakng out when my did on day three - I looked like Pammy A and my boobs were like rocks!

Hopingforno2 Tue 18-Dec-12 21:57:40

Puds im sure ul be fine, im still anxious this time round though more to do with intermittent blood streaking that i still get sad also im rh- so each time its a trip to triage blood tests and ant d inj though it may be coming from a cervical errosion my hospital is very careful which im grateful for

Yes, it's a nightmare trying to test at the "right" times for filling in my diary. And I've been <ahem> slightly flexible about it to be honest. Crisp sandwich sounds lovely though grin

I had a lovely hypo half way through cooking dinner for us all tonight, whoops 45 minute delay while I ate part of a tin of condensed milk (!) - only thing I could find quickly in the kitchen at the time. Apparently the cupboard that contains my jelly baby supply wasn't worth noticing...

And I've had a phone call this evening to say that my new pump has arrived and is waiting for me to collect it at the diabetes centre grin current pump is on borrowed time, it's been out of warranty since October ish but the finance people at the hospital have apparently been sitting on purchase orders etc etc so it's been a slooooow process. It would (if I had one) connect to a CGM, sadly no dice on funding one of those!

newbie6 Tue 18-Dec-12 23:34:07

Hi all,

I'm 35 weeks today and been told i need to start expressing this week? have not attempted to as yet as no signs of anything and am seeing MW tomorrow but has anyone else been told to do this? have been told they will examine me on 3rd jan and tell me if i'll be induced or c section on the 10th jan.....yikes!

All a bit scary now!

X

Yes was told to do this with DS but he arrived at 31 weeks so I never actually did it! You're after colostrum which is the thick yellowy stuff like runny honey, there won't be much but it all helps. Try having a good squeeze, you might be surprised smile

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