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wife pregnant 4 previous miscarriages

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by chris4981, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. chris4981

    chris4981 Other · Member

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    hi all just need some reassuarance if possible.

    My wife is pregnant for the 5th time and we've had 4 miscarriages in the past, my wife in the past has been very poor in regards to her diabetes in the past and never had it under control for the 4 previous pregnancies, the doctors put them down to her not taking insulin or anything.
    She has now been taking insulin for the past year and a bit and is now 10 weeks pregnant, this is the furthest we've been in a pregnancy.
    she has had two early scans the last being last Tuesday and was 9 weeks and had a healthy heartbeat but we are still really worried its gonna end badly
    any advice would be grateful
     
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    bumblebee95 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry @chris4981 , I have no information on this, but I wish you and your wife all the best and pray that all ends well with a healthy baby.
    However, you are already 10 weeks in so after two weeks you will be at a safe point in the pregnancy:)
     
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    chris4981 Other · Member

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    thank you she has a scan next Thursday and HOPEFULLY that will be ok :)
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    I just want to wish you and your wife all the best. I think there are various 'danger points' for miscarriages and your wife has passed some of those, so that's a really good start.

    Pregnancy can be a worrying time for anyone, but especially if you have an added problem like diabetes. I had a threatened miscarriage in my first pregnancy so have always been very nervous, and have ticked off the milestones each pregnancy.

    Obviously keeping good control of the diabetes is important. I also avoided exercise (of all kinds.....), rested a lot, ate well and meditated for a few minutes every day to avoid stress. Resting and keeping calm are important, I think.

    I really hope the weeks fly by for you both and that everything goes well this time. Each day is one day closer to success :)
     
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    chris4981 Other · Member

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    thanx very much for the kind words azure she has had good control of diabetes for over a year now and blood sugars are brilliant now compared to a year or so ago (always over 10 on blood sugars)
    and correct me if im wrong with correct term but hb1c level is 42 which doctor has said is a brilliant level for pregnant woman
     
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    rowan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to wish you both the very best! It's sounding good so far and I'm sure your wife's good control over her BG will make all the difference :cool:
     
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    I don't know what her bmi is but she is 20 stone-ish but doctors have never put previous miscarriages down to her weight, they've always said its because of her not taking anything for her diabetes in the last 4, but as ive said she has been taking insulin (novorapid & lantus) for the last year and a half and doctors have put her on metformin 3 weeks ago and aspirin
     
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    if she can she should approach her diabetic team and ask to be taken on by a diabetic pregnancy specialist who can adise her on what steps she needs to take to have a successful pregnancy where they both come out the other end fit and healthy.....

    get as much advice and support as you can.,.,.,.,

    congrats.....:)
     
  9. chris4981

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    hi novorapid she is already under a diabetic doctor and nurses but thanx for the heads up :)
     
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    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    that's good.............

    from what i have heard on the forum etc there is usually specialist nurses who have experience with pregnancies and could offer more specific advice....

    if she is getting that then your on the right track......
     
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    Yes, 42 is good :) As I'm sure you and your wife know, the blood sugar targets in pregnancy are really strict. It's almost like a full time job, but so, so worth it.

    I'm glad she has a 'pregnancy team' helping her. I found my team invaluable. It was really reassuring to have those appointments and be able to talk to the consultant, diabetes nurse and midwives. I had my diabetes nurse's phone number in my phone and she was very helpful if I had any problems at all. I don't know if this is relevant to your wife, but I also looked at Think Like A Pancreas. It's a very readable book about diabetes and has a useful chart of how your insulin needs change during pregnancy. Knowing that in advance, helped me to keep my blood sugars really strict and also warned me about the risk of hypos at each stage.

    It really sounds like your wife has got everything sorted :) I know some people will say I was too strict about exercise and the like, but for me, having had that previous scare, I wanted to take it really easy. I actually found it comforting to know that I was doing everything I could. I also read a lot online as being informed made me feel more confident too.

    I have an insulin pump and that was really useful during pregnancy as it made it easy to adjust my basal dosages as my pregnancy progressed. That way I kept strict control of my sugars and felt happier by doing that.

    Your wife could also watch out for spikes after meals. Later on in pregnancy, I got some of those. I tested my blood sugar an hour and/or two hours after meals so I could spot any highs as early as possible. I'm sure your wife knows that, but it works well in helping keep the HbA1C low. My insulin doses increased a lot during pregnancy and I'm glad I knew that that would happen and was prepared for it.
     
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    she sometimes has lows as low as 3.5 but always keeps an eye out for them though, and been told lows are better than having highs
     
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    After four miscarriages the hospital will keep a watchful eye this time. 42 is good, the scan was good and you are almost past the danger It's worrying for you and your wife but everything looks good so far. Keep us informed as to your progress take care
     
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    I will do poohtiggy thanks very much for the words of advice :)
     
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