Diabetes & Pregnancy

Good morning- it is 1:30 am and I am waiting for my insulin pump to prime…which has inspired me to talk about what it’s been like as a pregnant lady with Type 1 Diabetes. BUT- before I get into the “nitty-gritty”, I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice- this is fellow human advice. My experience will not be your experience- however you might find it interesting and or find it relatable. So with that being said…let’s get into it.

Overall Experience Having Type 1 Diabetes While Pregnant

So if you are new here, you should know that I have had diabetes for a LONG TIME. I am currently 22 years old and this Halloween marked 21 years of having this wonderfully dysfunctional pancreas. (That’s the organ that fails you and gives you diabetes if ya don’t know. πŸ˜‰ ) That being said, this is the first time since puberty that I was thrown some curve balls. The way it effected my blood sugars is actually one of the main reasons I even found out I was pregnant so early (4ish weeks) because it kicked my butt IMMEDIATELY. I luckily have an amazing care team and specifically an amazing diabetes specialist that I have had since nearly the beginning of my diabetes journey. Therefore I have had a lot of help, I have been able to somewhat nip any problem I’ve had immediately. So let’s go through the fun, shall we?

(If you are looking for a good medical source on Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy click on the hyper-link to see the CDC’s recommendations and also be sure to see your doctor ❀ )

1st Trimester/ 1-12 Weeks

My first trimester was the WORST. Don’t get me wrong, I would happily go through it again for the little one- BUT. IT. KICKED. MY. ASS. Staying true to they typical diabetic experience (confirmed my my doctor) my blood sugars were constantly crashing during my whole first trimester. That would have been a mild dream- an excuse to inhale as many sweets and fun drinks as I wanted…but I was extremely nauseas. For about 12 weeks it was a war between shoving food in and heaving food out. I was extremely dependent on good ol’ apple juice as liquids were easier to consume and hold down. Bonus- I saved on insulin costs as I almost never had to bolus due to the low blood sugars. But overall- 1/10 on the experience. It was a rough time.

2nd Trimester/ 12-24 Weeks

So I am currently in my 24th week- so I am near the end of this stage. The first 6 weeks, I was in mild bliss. The blood sugars evened out and I started eating a little bit. I have struggled with eating much throughout my whole pregnancy- nothing sounds good- blah, blah, blah- but overall, I felt pretty decent for the first 6 weeks of my second trimester. 6/10.

The past 6 weeks- were a little rougher. My blood sugar now likes to hang out in the higher side. Luckily, I got a sensor a.k.a. a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) so I can keep my blood sugar in range. I have just gained a real appetite in the past 5 days. So trying to contain my excitement on being able to feebly inhale food in order to control my blood sugars has been a tad annoying but 100% necessary for both my health and the baby’s. For the past six weeks I give it a 5/10.

Hopefully the last bit of my pregnancy is a tad easier in the diabetes department as I FINALLY after working on getting an insulin pump- it arrived a few days ago and I got to put it on tonight. I would like to do a future blog on how I feel about my current pump vs my childhood insulin pump but as for now- I am just excited! It communicates with my CGM and auto-corrects my basal rate to make correcting my blood sugar easier. It also takes away the stress of having to remember daily long lasting insulin, calculating manual boluses every time I need to eat or make a correction, and just general blood sugar stressors. 10/10.

Pregnancy by itself has had some pretty cool sides to it- but the diabetes side of it has been a learning experience and a challenging one at that. I am really excited to see how my experience changes with my insulin pump and sensor- I will update you on my thoughts and feelings associated with those in the future. As for now- I hope you are all feeling happy and healthy- I will see you all again soon!

-Kayte