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[IP] Using Glucowatch during pregnancy
I used the first generation Glucowatch while I was pregnant about 10 months
ago. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago, had GD with my first daughter 16
years ago, they are guessing it is LADA since I also have arthritis and my
family history is chock full of auto-immune problems (but no other
diabetics, Type 1 or 2). Anyways, my diabetes is anything but typical.
Everytime my endo or OB said "your diabetes will do X", I did whatever the
opposite of X was. My insulin requirements DROPPED by almost 75 % while I
was pregnant, including my third trimester. My basals went from 11 units a
day to 4, and my ratios went from from 1 unit / 6 g CHO am and 1 unit / 8 g
CHO pm to 1 unit / 17 g in the morning and 1 unit to 22 g in the evening
Probably honeymooning during the pregnancy, but who knows?
Anyways, during months 5 and 6 of the pregnancy I was really having trouble
with wild swings. My corrections were all over the place, one day a unit
would bring me down 38 points, the next day under almost identical
circumstances, it would drop me 112 points. The watch really helped even
those out, and I would periodically wear it at night and caught some lows
that I was rebounding from in the am that I wasn't aware of. It also helped
with making sure I wasn't too high or low when I was throwing up (which I
did, a lot, throughout the entire pregnancy) My A1C was never over 6 for
the entire pregnancy, and I do credit the watch with helping make achieving
that goal a little easier.
My Glucowatch experience overall was very positive. I did have some
itching, but nothing terrible, and nothing that a couple of days of applying
Aveeno anti-itch w/ Oatmeal didn't get rid of. I play the flute and spend
at least 6 hours a day on the computer, and it never interfered with any of
those activities. I found that the readings were quite accurate to my blood
tests. I don't have a lot of hair and don't sweat, so no issues there.
Very few skipped readings, unless I was going from the hot sun into an
I still use it once a week or so just to check daytime and overnight #s. My
last A1c was 5.1.
FYI, I just finished a clinical trial with Cygnus for some new creams they
are using before putting the sensors on, and on each arm I had one area with
almost no redness at all -- I hope the FDA approves it soon !!!
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