Pregnancy & Motherhood

Pregnancy & Motherhood

Less than Perfect? Great!

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I’ve been very lucky to not have experienced diabetes burnout in the past five years since I’ve had the disease.  I’ve had my moments of “This really stinks!” or “I wish this would just go away!”, but those moments usually last an hour or so.  I can pick myself back up, once my blood sugar has recovered, and get on with my day after a good cry fest.  But right now I’m going through a feeling of apathy towards diabetes.  Maybe I’ve got into a routine with handling type 1 diabetes and a high-risk pregnancy, but the past few days I’ve had a very “meh” attitude towards diabetes. 

Dealing with High Blood Pressure

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The first time I ever had a higher than normal blood pressure reading was the afternoon after a job interview.  It was my first job post-college, and I just so happened to have an endocrinologist appointment that afternoon.  It was the first time that the nurse cited the reading back to me.  "133/90."  Ever since I landed that job, I have always wondered about my blood pressure at every appointment.  It's been a struggle to keep my blood pressure at normal levels with a sedentary job and the overlying risk of diabetes.  Throw pregnancy into that mix and handling blood pressure issues gets harder. 

Beginning of the End

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This week I've officially entered the third trimester.  I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone by.  I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow to check on our little girl.  After that, I start going to the doctor biweekly.  I am still changing my pump site every three days or less.  My diabetes management is at an all time high, including checking my blood sugar from 6-15 times a day and taking my insulin up to 45 minutes before a precisely carb counted meal.  And my diet is roughly the same everyday with little variation. 

Diabetes Care After Delivery: A New Set of Challenges

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Congratulations!  You made it through a 9-month rollercoaster of blood sugar swings, weight changes, mood shifts and some bizarre food cravings.  Your beautiful new baby is taking up most of your time and attention...  but don’t forget to take care of yourself too.  Managing your blood sugar is still important to the safety and development of your baby.

Sweet Cravings

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There is something undeniably cruel about going through a pregnancy with type 1 diabetes and the majority of your cravings are sweet.  I know that random food cravings come with the package that is pregnancy, but I never expected to crave things that I haven't thought about since before my diagnosis.  Thankfully, I've been able to manage my cravings and not let my blood sugars suffer for it.  But it seems now that I'm entering my third trimester, when insulin resistance is at its highest, I'm cravings all things sweet that involve a gallon of insulin to contain. 

Getting Excited

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Diabetes has certainly had its time in the spotlight so far in my pregnancy.  But this week it has behaved enough to let me enjoy being pregnant without worrying constantly.  My belly is protruding out into a nice round shape, and I feel very beautiful when I look at myself in the mirror.  We've also been busy working on the nursery and setting up the room for our little girl.  The room looks like there's someone already living there, even though she won't be here for another three months.  I didn't have any appointments this week and no reminders that I'm considered a high risk pregnancy, just a lovely pregnant woman. 

Scary Stuff

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When I first found out I was pregnant, I wanted to keep it a secret.  Not because I wasn't excited about my pregnancy, but because I wanted to get out of the "danger zone" before telling anybody.  The time period I'm referring to is that crucial first 8-12 weeks where the risk of having a miscarriage are the highest, and having type 1 diabetes put that risk at the front of my mind.  Knowing from the beginning that I was considered a high risk pregnancy made me want to wait until we were absolutely sure this pregnancy was a solid go.  So my husband and I kept mum about my pregnancy until we heard the heartbeat at 8 weeks.  I felt optimistic but cautious that we would have a live baby to hold in a few months. 

Plans Going Forward

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This past week I had another appointment with my OB, and I had a slew of questions regarding the rest of my appointments and the plans for going into labor.  To me, this was the most important appointment so far.  I wanted to make sure that my doctor and I were on the same page, to make sure I knew what he was planning for me and what expectations I had.  He was extremely patient with all of my questions, and I was happy to hear he already had a plan in place for me. 

My Mistakes

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There's been a lot of changes going on in my body recently.  My abdominal muscles are stretching out to the point where I have cramps at the most inconvenient times.  My temperament, which used to resemble something of patience, is now extremely short and irritable at the most insignificant things.  And my blood sugars that I used to have somewhat control over, have now decided to go berserk on me for no reason whatsoever.  Well, I know the reason, my pregnancy is progressing and the growing placenta is causing me some major insulin resistance.  I get frustrated when my numbers go wild for an unknown reason, but when I cause the wild roller coaster because of my own mistake, I get more upset. 

Reaching New Levels

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I had read and researched and absorbed all things pregnancy-related and diabetes before I got pregnant.  I read over and over about the dreaded first trimester lows that seem to stick with you no matter what.  I had also read about the haunting insulin resistance that begins in the second trimester.  I knew that by the end of my pregnancy that I would be taking roughly three times the amount of insulin that I normally do.  I knew all these things, but I didn't realize how much they would affect me, emotionally.  I'm taking more insulin, basal and bolus, than I've ever taken in my life, and I'm just over halfway through my pregnancy.