1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2019 »
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Newly diagnosed and pregnant

Discussion in 'Gestational Diabetes' started by Kaykay90, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Kaykay90

    Kaykay90 Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Hi all. New here, first post!

    Monday I found out I have potential type 1 diabetes... Awaiting bloods to confirm. And I found out the same day whilst sat with the same doctor who diagnosed me that I was pregnant...

    I've been put straight on insulin. My levels were 24mmol... I've got them as low as 9.4mmol but they bounce back up to 14-18mmol.

    Struggling to get them under control but it's only a week tomorrow that I was diagnosed.

    So my question is, has anyone else had or know someone who's been diagnosed and pregnant... What are the chances of the baby being okay due To my high levels? The diabetic team are talking as though It would be a blessing if I lost the baby....

    What do I do?!

    Thanks in advance x
     
  2. Gran25

    Gran25 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    84
    Trophy Points:
    58
    Hi there, I can't comment on your individual case, but as a (now retired ) midwife I have looked after many women with diabetes of all types both pre-existing their pregnancy for many years and those with recent diagnosis and those who developed diabetes while pregnant. They have all had healthy babies. It does, however, require a team of providers to ensure the best outcomes. Every country have a different system for managing care of pregnancies with challenges and you will likely be referred to specialist care so that you have the benefit of the most modern approach. Congratulations and best of luck on your journey!
     
  3. Kaykay90

    Kaykay90 Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21

    I'm between 5&9 weeks and from why I've researched the first 12 weeks are the most important. I had GD with my first but it was picked up at 32 weeks. I'm worried my sugars are harming the baby
     
  4. Cocosilk

    Cocosilk Gestational · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    116
    Trophy Points:
    83
    If you are type one on insulin, can you look into eating a low carb high fat regime like the ketogenic diet to prevent large spikes in your blood glucose until you get better at controlling your doses?

    I had gestational diabetes diagnosed 28 - 29 weeks and ate much lower carb for the rest of the pregnancy (and still now 6 weeks postpartum). The highest numbers I saw was 10mmol when I got caught out and ate a meat pie once and 9s and 8s from WeetBix and honey. Otherwise I started eating lots of eggs, meat (including lamb's liver), fish, cheese, yoghurt, cream, nuts, and certain vegetables like raw cauliflower, leafy greens, mushrooms, spinach, red capsicum as my treat, raspberries as the only fruit regularly and I snack on olives, nuts and cheese and drink miso soup with seaweed plus take Magnesium supplements and up my salt intake to ward off dehydration. I'm still tweaking my diet so it's probably not perfect but it does control the blood sugar really well. I still had to take 22 units of insulin because my fasting levels wouldn't stay under 5.1 mmol and got up to 5.6 towards the end.
    Baby didn't have a hypo when born but was born 37wks 5 days and had a bit of jaundice, and has been a sleepy baby who is a challenge to breastfeed, but otherwise growing well now.
     
    #4 Cocosilk, Jun 17, 2019 at 5:12 PM
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
  5. Gran25

    Gran25 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    84
    Trophy Points:
    58
    My reply to the OP was meant to be a general positive & supportive one, informed by 40 years of being a professional midwife (now retired) not prescriptive in any way. Having gestational diabetes and being pregnant with Type 1 diabetes require very different management. In my country, the care is team based with perinatologists, endocrinologists guiding the individual's care and specialised clinics with diabetes care nurses & dieticians. All family doctors, midwives and obstetricians refer their moms to these clinics for detailed and individualised care plans...it's not something that can be hashed over on an online forum. Peer support is awesome but please seek the advice of the professional medical team in your country.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. Cocosilk

    Cocosilk Gestational · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    116
    Trophy Points:
    83
    I'm pretty sure the OP has sought medical advice for her situation. I think many people come to this forum when they are in between appointments or waiting to go to an appointment rather than relying on random forum-goers to give them ultimate medical advice. Even if my situation is different from the OPs, she has had GD already before so she probably realises she's dealing with a different kettle of fish this time. I literally wrote to be a voice in the ether sharing an experience for moral support. I wasn't suggesting she do anything. I was asking if it's something she's can do (maybe her medical team has already told her.)
    But good you emphasise the importance of seeking medical advice just in case someone was going to listen to forum folk rather than their own doctors. Or maybe that's a T2 who got themselves into remission after ignoring the guidelines and following the forum trends thing. There are definitely some of those on this forum.
     
    #6 Cocosilk, Jun 18, 2019 at 3:39 PM
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2019
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook