Pregnancy and type 1 diabetes

Hi. I recently found out that I am pregnant (7 weeks) and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or suggetstions as to what I should or shouldn’t be doing.

Congratulations! Were you expecting this? Or is it out of the blue? I’ve been thinking about going the way of the baby for a while now, but have been struggling to get my A1C where it should be.

Check out – Kerri (the author) is newly pregnant and has a lot of interesting tidbits to share.

Good luck!

Hi Katherine,

check out the Oh, Baby! group for some good info on diabetes and pregnancy!

and Congrats!

Congrats Katherine!

I’ve had 3 diabetic pregnancies, and my 3 kiddos are all healthy and beyond normal, so it can be done!
Do you have a high risk OB? If not, please find one, preferably one who has managed diabetic pregnancies.

I couldn’t eat fruit in the morning, it shot my blood sugars up too high. Could be me, although I’ve heard other women say the same thing.

The best advice I can give is to stay on top of your blood sugars, I tested 10x times a day during my pregnancies. Although occasional highs will not be a big deal, when they’re chronically high, problems can start. The 2nd best advice is enjoy the experience. There is nothing like it.

Feel free to contact me if you’ve got other questions or concerns, and join the page on this site for pregnancy.

Congrats again!


Hi Katherine,

Congrats on your pregnancy. There are many places to get insight about type 1 and pregnancy these days.

Besides these boards, check out the forums on, and There’s a great Yahoo group called PositiveDiabeticPregnancies where you can get great insight from others who have been in your shoes.

I blogged about my type 1 pregnancy at Managing the Sweetness Within ( and my book, “Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby” will be out in early 2010. (see

Good luck–maintaining tight blood sugars (70-90 premeal, up to 140 an hour after eating, 120 or so overnight), ongoing doctors visits for monitoring and tests, great technology like an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor, and good support (see all above) will help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. It’s tough, but it can be done.

–Lyrehca / Cheryl

Hey Cara:)
Was wondering about how long you have been Type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed with type 1 diebetes over 21 years ago, I am 31 years old at the moment. I am a little scared about a diabetic pregnancy…can you please tell me a little bit about yourself?

What are the levels of high sugar that can be okay once in a while during pregnancy? ALso is oly a day high sugar reading dangerous?