Hello! My name is Holly and I’m a huge college football fan, lover of the outdoors, and somewhat physics nerd. Oh yeah, I’m also a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed at 22-years-old when I was a senior in college. I had all the classic symptoms from increased thirst, constantly peeing, and blurry vision. All of this happened when I was trying to study for finals, so I tried to ignore my symptoms until my exams were over. However, my body eventually went into DKA and I started vomiting and slipping in and out of consciousness, and I never made it to my last final. My boyfriend at the time carried my lifeless body to the ER and saved my life, good thing I decided to marry him!
Fast-forward a few years, and my husband and I start talking about having kids. For anyone who knows us personally, they know that we want a house full of kids. I’ve never thought about my diabetes as something to be scared of regarding pregnancy, just something that needs a little extra planning and monitoring. My A1c at the beginning of our baby talk was 7.1%--not bad but I wanted it to be as best as it could be before I got pregnant. I started the process of acquiring a CGM to hopefully give me better control, which was probably the best thing I did to prepare myself for a successful pregnancy. A few months went by and my pre-pregnancy A1c came down to 6.1%.
Everything was in place for us, diabetes-wise; we just needed to actually get pregnant. A beach vacation and a few weeks later, and I’m standing over a positive pregnancy test on our bathroom counter. My mind went from completely overjoyed to planning mode in about two seconds. I saw both my OB and endocrinologist that day and got the ball rolling on my pregnancy journey. In hindsight, I wish I had taken one day to celebrate our expanding family before beginning the plethora of doctors’ appointments, because after the first day I already felt burnt out. That was 8 weeks ago, and there have been plenty of appointments, blood work, and copays during that time. My pregnancy has been an exhausting one so far; fatigue combined with strong nausea has made my days a blur of crackers, ginger ale, and naps. However, my diabetes has been behaving quite nicely. My last A1c was 5.5%, and while I’ve had my share of scary moments, I’ve learned that my baby is thriving despite my pancreatic challenges.
I’m happy to say that I’m in the last week of my first trimester and everything is looking hopeful for a great pregnancy. I’m looking forward to chronicling my pregnancy journey here at Diabetes Sisters. When I was contemplating getting pregnant, one of the first things I did was search online for real type 1 moms who had written about their journey with a diabetic pregnancy. So it will be interesting to be on this side of the screen, and hopefully my journey can provide encouragement and hope to someone else who is considering pregnancy with type 1 diabetes.