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RE: [IP] Pregnant pumpers....
I hope you don't mind someone other than Roselea responding to this!
This is all very fresh in my mind and life as I have been preparing my 24 year Diabetic body for pregnancy for the past 9-12 months!
I'd like to share what process I went through and things I've done.
First, I got on the pump 2.5 years ago in part b/c I wanted to start a family.
Then, I my endo wanted my A1cs as low as possible, in the low 6's. He said 5's were ideal but that he didn't know if I could reach that since I've had D for 24 years. I WAS HAPPY TO PROVE HIM WRONG! My last 2 A1cs over the past 6 months were 5.6 and most recently 5.3! I've been testing at least 10 times a day to stay ontop of things as much as possible!
I also got off my Accupril which I had been taking as a proactive measure for my kidney function (which isn't bad--it was to "enhance performance":-) But I had to get off that 3 months before beginning the conception attempts b/c Accupril and pregnancy don't mix!
Once I did that I also monitored my blood pressure since we thought that the Accupril might have been masking some slight hypertension. But as it turns out my BP readings have been great! 118/68 and around there:-)
I also assembled my medical team: my endo, my OB (w/ lots of experience w/ Type1 pregnancies), dietician and Retinologist!
Let's see...I've also been doing plenty of exercise to try and stay fit and to help with BP and BG and all the other good benefits of exercise!
Then, I was given the GO AHEAD to get off my birth control pills about 4 months ago. We had to use alternative contraception over that next month until my next period as instructed by my OB.
After that we started trying!
I am very pleased and excited to report you everyone:-) that I am now 7 weeks pregnant! With my last A1c (last week) being 5.3!
I'm too excited to keep the news to myself and have been eager to tell this wonderful supportive group about my news!:-)
I have thought that the timing of Stephanie's encouraging and positive post a few days ago about Diabetic pregnancy was a great coincidence!
Anyway, I also wanted to share that one of my first clues that I was pregnant a couple weeks before Thanksgiving were my wacky BGs! I was having to raise my basals 20-50%! So, my testing went up as well since I was trying to stay on top of that!
Now, I'm in the sleepy and nauseous phase. My basal rates are in their regular settings for the past 2 weeks and counting.
I am pretty nervous about my ability to keep my numbers in the 60-90 range! I'm really trying and so far my endo is pleased.
I'm sorry this is a long message! I've wanted to share this for a week or so:-)
Get ready for plenty of pregnancy questions from me, pumping Mama's!! And thanks in advance to all of you who will answer those questions!
Happy Pumping everyone!
--janet (Dx @ age 3, 8/78; pumping H-tron+ since 6/00)
From: Dennis Graesser [mailto:email @ redacted]
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 10:15 AM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IP] Pregnant pumpers....
>>> What type of things did you have to do to prepare your body before you
became pregnant? What effects did being pregnant have on
your bg? Did you have any complications during the
pregnancy or during delivery? Any information that you
can give me would be very helpful
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