7 weeks pregnant with type 2 diabetes

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Hello everybody!

I was so excited to find this site because I have so many questions right now. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in June. I imediately started working on getting everything in control. When I was diagnosed my A1C was 7.4 and fasting bs was 168. My doc wanted me try to control it with diet and exercise and see what happened. Good news is I did great. I went back in 2 months and my A1C was 5.8 and fasting bs 129. I thought this was super. I did a happy dance around the house. I ahd also lost about 22 lbs. I felt in better shape and healthier than I ever had. Then I hit the plateay. My fasting bs rose up to the high 170s and I stopped losing weight. I even gained a few pounds. That is when I found out I was pregnant. I cried for 2 hours. I had only heard horror stories of pregnancy with diabetes. I couldn't believe it. Well, I decided that if I had controlled everything so well before, I had even bette motivation now. I think i am doing great. My fasting bs are coming in a little high at a normal of 135 to 140 but my non fasting bs are super averaging between 120 and 135. My problem is I am still scared to death. I can only find stories about the bad things that happen when you are out of control. I can't find anything about what happens when you have control. I think i am in good control of my levels. I have found nothing to confirm it yet and don't go back to the doctor until next week. Can anyone share their story or experiences with me to just kind of let me know what to expect? If my numbers aren't good, I need to know now so I can start adjusting. Also, does anyone know if I will have to go on medecine? If i do, will I have to stay on it after the pregnancy? I am just completely in the dark right now.

Thanks for any help in advance.

Anna
Posted about 8 years ago
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First I'd like to welcome you to DiabetesSisters. You've come to the right place. I have type 2 as well, but I won't be much help with the questions about pregnancy. I know someone here can help though. I can tell you that even if you end up taking medication, with type 2, that doesn't have to be forever. From what I understand, women do often end up on meds through pregnancy, but once you have the baby, you can always work on getting things under control and get off the meds again. As my doctor has told me repeatedly though, diabetes is a progressive disease. Even when you do everything right, your body doesn't always cooperate. Just keep watching your carbs, getting exercise,and make sure you have a doctor who is good with women with diabetes. Congrats on the baby! I'm sure you and the baby will do great.
Posted about 8 years ago
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Thanks. I hope to find valuable information on here too.
Posted about 8 years ago
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Anna,
Welcome! I can assure you that there are LOTS of women with Type 2 diabetes who have happy, healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies. I encourage you to look back through the Pregnancy and Diabetes Archives (Blogs) for Michell's blogs. She had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy which has some similarities to Type 2. In regard to medication, that depends on what your blood sugar levels are and if your doctor thinks you can keep it under control with diet and exercise. I used rapid-acting insulin in my insulin pump throughout my pregnancy and had no problems whatsoever (I have Type 1 diabetes). However, I realize that probably sounds quite scary to you....since you have never used insulin or an insulin pump!

Your body will require more insulin during your pregnancy for the baby, so your body will be required to pump out more insulin on its own. If your body is unable to keep up with the insulin requirements of you and your baby, your doctor may ask you to go on insulin. Don't worry if that happens, it does not mean that you failed in any way! It simply means that you succeeded in determining what your body could/could not do on its own and taking care your yourself/your baby promptly. Just remember, no matter what you hear from others: Whether or not you go on medication/insulin is NOT a determination of how "bad" your diabetes is!

Best Wishes!
Brandy
Posted about 8 years ago
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Thanks so much Brandy! Your comments were very helpful. I guess an update would be nice too. I went to the Ob on 9/15/09. Everything is going great!. They did another ultrasound just to make sure everything looked good. I am at 10 weeks today and all seems well. The doctor did put me on Glyburide - 2.5 mg at bedtime only. I have a history of high fasting BG levels but it goes down as the day progresses. I actually just found out this might be hereditary because my Dad has type 2 and he said his levels are the same exact way. His lowest reading and my lowest reading are usually the last one of the day and his and my highest are the first one of the day. Anyways the medicine is to try and lower that fasting level. It does appear to be working. The doctor thinks that everything will be just fine with my pregnancy because we are going to keep all levels in tight control. This was very reassuring. I will keep everyone updated. My next visit is October 6. I will be at the end of the first trimester at this point. YEAH!!!
Thanks again
Anna
Posted about 8 years ago
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I am also a type 2 diabetic and 19 weeks pregnant. Don't pay attention to all those horror stories just worry about YOUR story. I know it's hard not to worry cause I worry a lot too but there is no reason you can't have a normal, healthy pregnancy. Right before I conceived in May my A1C was 9.3 and it was normal for my blood sugars to be 300! Now I rarely see a 200 and hoping to get my A1C checked this week. I take 1000mg of metformin twice a day and 5mg of glyberide in the morning. They have me checking my blood sugar in the morning and 2 hours after every meal and I started writing down what I eat so I can see what would be causing it to be high. Your diet is the main thing to pay close attention to. Knowing what you can and can't eat is a must. We all know McDonald's is bad but I ate french fries and chicken nuggets with ketchup, BBQ sauce and sweet and sour sauce last night and the 2 hour was 214. I was very angry with myself but have let it go and it has motivated me to pay even closer attention to my diet. If your doc says it's ok exercise will help. I walk 20 to 30 minutes a day. If they haven't already told you, your weight gain is important too. I have only gained 7 pounds so far. I have been a diabetic for 8 years and it's an on and off, love/hate relationship. Just be prepared to have a lot more doctors' visits and more tests. I went in for an ultrasound this last week and everything is great and I go for a ecocardiogram in 4 weeks. Just remember your human and nobody is perfect. Don't beat yourself up about it cause the stress of it all is just as bad for the baby.
Posted about 8 years ago
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Hi! My name is Antoinette and type II diabetic 26 wks pregnant at this time and is doing good according to my doctor compared to his other pregnant patients. My A1C is currently 5.5 and I'm working hard to keep it there or go lower, they would like to see 5.3 but I feel out of control since the bigger the baby gets the more insulin resistance I encounter. He has to adjust my insulin very often. My morning readings are not what he like so they are trying to correct it as time goes on. I tell him that I feel out of control and he says that's not my fault. He said by the end of pregnancy I might be taking twice as much insulin as i started out with. I'm on a strict diet with a dietition to see every wk or so. I know what to eat and do but it's not easy when you have to battle a bad sweet tooth and other food addiction problems. My goal is to deliver a healthy normal size baby and to lose alot of weight after the baby is born so I'll wont' have to deal with this hopefully ever again. Stay motivated, in pregnancy they body is going to do whatever it wans, just correct your eating and take your meds and you should be fine. There is a bit of hope, I was told that if I lost alot of weight after i might not ever have to see this disease again and that if you chose to have another child you might not have to be a diabetic and have a normal pregnancy, so just hold onto the hope that things will get better
Posted about 8 years ago
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Anna, I can assure you that good control during your pregnancy is so possible. I had the best control of my entire life during my pregnancy. I had such strong determination to take care of my baby that helped keep me on track. My doctor sent me to a dietitian and I just followed the plan she set up for me. I stuck to it and reported in for weigh-ins on time. The plan she developed for me was adjusted as my baby grew and needed more calories. Well, it worked and quite well. My target weight gain was 25-30 lbs.
and I was able to keep the BG in control. I kept a food diary which really helped. I still keep a food diary to this day when I get out of control or want to lose weight. This keeps me motivated.

I hope you are doing well and enjoying this time taking care of your little bundle.

Spring
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