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Hypos

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by Cmg27, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Cmg27

    Cmg27 · Member

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    Hi,

    I am currently undiagnosed but suspected type 1 and around 20 weeks pregnant.

    Currently taking insulin (Novorapid & Levemir) daily.

    Just wondering does anyone else experience a lot of hypos?

    I am experiencing at least two hypos a day and unbelievable headaches. Yesterday was the worst one I have ever had at 1.9.

    Does anyone know what effect this has on my body and is it normal to experience this?

    Grateful for any advice or guidance to try and stop these if at all possible. Small snacks in between meals dont seem to be working!

    :D :D :D
     
  2. benjygirl

    benjygirl Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, you will probably level out when the weather cools down. I've been having more than my usual amount of hypos whilst we've had this extreme heat (haven't gone as low as you, but I'm not pregnant :) ) I've been Type 1 for over 2 yrs and also taking Novorapid and Levemir. If you're really worried phone your DN. good luck !!


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  3. Cmg27

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    Thank you very much for your reply!

    This is all new to me (although I have had it for 9 weeks!!).

    Glad to hear from people who have went through similar problems! :D
     
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    benjygirl Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    michaeldavid Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You need to be very careful: hypos are potentially fatal - and 1.9 is very low indeed.

    I hardly ever have hypos on account of what I eat: eating rye bread steadily throughout the morning and into the late afternoon has a highly moderating effect on my blood-sugar. And the effect lasts into the late evening.

    My blood-sugar rarely goes high. And if it goes low, it tends to go low only slowly. So I always get time to react.
     
  6. Cmg27

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    oh goodness benjygirl that doesnt give me any hope :D

    Thank you michaeldavid, my blood sugar seems to follow a distinct patterson although I am unable to explain what that pattern means!!

    I always seem to hypo around an hour and a half after each meal. Simple enough to fix i thought perhaps? So i ate a snack in between to try and void off the hypo. My method didnt seem to help!

    Intially i could tell the hypo was coming from blurred vision and the instinct to eat like a mad animal. Now the hypos seem to be coming on with little or no warning. That worries me!!!

    I will try eating some rye bread! thank you for sharing that with me. I am literally willing to try anything and everything.

    :) :)

    Also, sorry I am now just being a pain but does anyone know the long term effects of hypos? I read online that it can cause some brain/nerve damage!
     
  7. michaeldavid

    michaeldavid Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't eat too much rye bread in one go - it will make your blood-sugar go high later on.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the hypos you've had.

    I've had plenty more than you've had - and I've had plenty lower blood-sugar readings than you've had, too - and I think my brain's okay.

    But we must be careful - both of us.

    I should add that I USED TO HAVE a lot of hypos.

    But I tend not to have them any more, touch wood, on account of what I now eat.
     
  8. catherine1964

    catherine1964 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Having had 3 diabetic pregnancies, I found that I was more likely to have sudden "bad" hypos than when not pregnant. I ended up doing blood tests at 2 hourly intervals during the night when they where most likely to occur (had to set my alarm clock) which was tedious but effective. I suspect that at this moment, the twice daily hypos are caused by your insulin doses being slightly higher than required, This could is be caused by the heat or something else.

    Doctors seem to think that our bodies behave like obedient robots but they are not even if the human whose body it is is being "good". Your insulin doses are going to increase as pregnancy continues and you can only continue to do lots of blood tests and seek advice re changing your insulin dose. If you had had diabetes for a longer length of time you would be able to adjust the insulin doses confidently yourself. If you need to change your doses, contact your department that day for advice, do not be fobbed until the next appointment.

    Remember most nurses and doctors probably know less than you regarding diabetes, unless they have specialised, Diabetes consultants can forget that you are a pregnant mum having a baby... rather that an interesting set of symptoms... if you have choice of diabetes nurses/doctors you have the right to specify who you want to see. I had to do this during my last pregnancy as the male consultant thought he was GOD so I opted for the lady consultant who was more empathic.

    Good luck - it will all be worth it when you finally have your baby (and escape home from hospital to enjoy him/her)
     
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    Hellbunny Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm on baby number 3 and was also diagnosed type 1 in my first pregnancy, I think the hypos are normal and if you are keeping 1hour post meal targets you need to snack at the point you test, as I find the insulin really kicks in at the 90minute mark. There is also the possibility you could still be producing some of your own insulin if it's early in diagnosis, in my case it was slow onset type 1, so this will make things worse x

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