My wonderful partner and I just officially found out earlier today that we are pregnant! We haven’t even told our family and friends yet so you all are the first to know
To give you a little background, I’m 24 years old approximately 4 weeks pregnant (unplanned). I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was just 18 months old. As a child my sugars were pretty well controlled (A1C’s in the 5’s and 6’s) then as I progressed into my teens, they just got worse. Eventually, not checking my sugars and not giving myself insulin became a bad habit that was really tough to break. I’ve been in the ICU twice around my late teens for DKA. It got a little better when I got my pump around 2013 but my bad eating habits and not checking my sugars stuck around. Haven’t even seen an endocrinologist since last year due to insurance issues and my A1C was 10.3.
When I realized my cycle was 3 days late and I could possibly be pregnant (about a week ago), I’ve been checking my sugars frequently but it’s been really hard stabilizing them between 70-120. My whole life I’ve been told how difficult it would be to safely deliver a healthy baby. I’ve encountered MANY doctors and nurses through the years who have scolded me and judged me, but not anyone who could really understand and help me through these challenges. I don’t personally know anyone else with Type 1, especially someone who was diagnosed as early as me so I’m here today, looking for some guidance from people sharing similar experiences.
Would anyone be so kind as to share some insight into their experience with Type 1 DM and pregnancy? I’m trying, I’m terrified, and I have no one else to really talk to about this besides my partner but he isn’t diabetic. Can I give birth to a healthy baby and survive it?