Pregnancy & Motherhood

Pregnancy & Motherhood

Questions for the Doctor

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Whenever I go to the doctor, I try to remember to write up a list of questions while I'm in the waiting room.  This is especially true with my OB because he lets me ask as many questions as I want.  So I actually feel a little unprepared if I don't have any questions for him.  But as a first-time mom going through a diabetic pregnancy, I've had plenty of questions to ask so far.  "When will my numbers go up?"  "When will I start gaining weight?"  "Is my baby gaining too much weight?"  Thankfully, my doctor has always been great about easing my fears and giving me confidence that I'm doing well. 

Halfway There!

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I’m halfway there!  It feels so good to say that, because now that we know that we’ll be having a little girl this coming spring, I am anxious to meet her.  The closet in the baby’s room has taken on a pink hue from the already growing amount of baby items that have been bought so far.  But it is hard to feel that I’ve gone through half of my pregnancy when I wasn’t aware I was pregnant for the first month.  Even still, there has been a lot going on with me this week, pregnancy and diabetes related. 

 

Riding the Lows

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Ever since my last post regarding my food guilt, I have made some changes to my boluses to combat the post-meal highs.  My original insulin:carb ratio before I got pregnant teetered from 1:12 to 1:15.  Immediately after I became pregnant, I changed my ratio to 1:10 to bring down my post-meal numbers.  When I began the 2nd trimester and noticed an overall increase in my numbers, I changed it again to 1:8.  I had never taken so much insulin before.  I worried about crashing from the increase in insulin, and I fought some lows with the initial change.  Some of these lows have been really scary. 

Food Guilt

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I have always considered myself to be one of those diabetics that felt like they could eat anything.  I never felt like having a broken pancreas should prevent me from having some of my favorite foods.  I thought with the right amount of insulin, carb counting, and proper planning that I could conquer any meal set before me.  So I have had my share of pizza, Mexican burritos, and Chinese cuisine.  Some attempts were a miss and I would spend the rest of the day streaming in bolus after bolus, but with enough trial and error I would get a few wins and keep a streamline on my CGM. 

Expanding and Resisting

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"Suck it in."  "I am!" I screamed to my husband as he tried to zip up my formal black dress for my company's Christmas party.  I was banking on not showing that much by the time this party rolled around.  However, things have really started to expand this week around my belly.  Most of my pre-pregnancy pants don't fit anymore, or I at least can't button them.  I also bought my first pair of maternity jeans last week, which are still a bit loose but are better than my attempt to squeeze into my other jeans.  My expanding belly is also providing plenty of challenges when it comes to my diabetes, namely site placement and the dreaded insulin resistance. 

Working Out, Sort Of

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Before I became pregnant, I enjoyed being involved with various competitive sports including softball, flag football, and volleyball.  But I need to take things a little easier now for the baby, so I have to cut out anything that involves physical contact.  I have also been informed by my doctor that I need to keep my heart rate below 140 beats per minute (bpm), and that means I have to give up one of my favorite forms of cardio--spinning.  Exercise is an extremely important part of diabetes management, so I need to keep up some sort of routine to keep my blood sugars in check. 

Morning Sickness and Lows

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From week 6 to about week 12 of my pregnancy, I dealt with a healthy bout of the pregnancy symptom known as morning sickness.  By its name, you would think that morning sickness would be limited to just the mornings.  But that is far from the truth.  The basic premise of morning sickness is your body has this surge of hormones that it doesn’t know what to do with except make you nauseous and sometimes vomit.  This feeling is particularly true when you have not eaten in several hours, which is probably where the term “morning sickness” came from since the greatest span of time between meals is from dinner to breakfast.

Introductions

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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!

So Worth It

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Getting used to a new baby in the house is a lot more challenging than I anticipated. Getting used to a new baby when being a diabetic is a challenge I can honestly say I was not prepared for at all.