Trying to conceive with Type 1

Hi there. I'm 31 years old T1 and we've been TTC for 4 or 5 months now. It's felt much longer because it took me 6 months to get my a1c down from 7. My last two a1cs were 6.3 and 6.4, but my BG can still be variable (highs in 200+) sometimes. Anyway, I'm worried about the impact of diabetes on my ability to get pregnant and would love to hear from anyone with experience.
- How long did it take you to get pregnant?
- Do high blood sugars make it harder?
- How tight were you around fertile window and weeks after to have a healthy baby?
- Did you have any symptoms early in your pregnancy (between your ovulation day and before you tested positive for pregnancy?

I get so sad and also worried every time I get my period now. I'm happy for all my friends, but it also makes me sad when I feel like everyone else can get pregnant except me. I'm sure this negative attitude and stress doesn't help things, but perhaps being more educated might help.

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Great job with your A1c! Are you on an insulin pump? If not I would highly recommend it! Better control is most important. The pump will help stabilize your blood sugar more. If you are getting your cycle each month regularly and your blood sugars are stable consistently then your on your way to making a baby!
I am a lucky one with my pregnancy I had no morning sickness at all expect feeling tired all the time and this came after the positive pregnancy test. I use a cycle tracker app to record when I should be getting my cycle and it tracks my estimated day I would be ovulating. It’s spot on every month. We tried a couple days before ovulating, on my ovulating day and the day after and we were pregnant. We were very lucky! Keep your head up it will happen :slight_smile:

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The book "Balancing pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes" by Cheryl Alkon has a whole section with this and many women face this.

You can also check out her blog with posts related to conceiving here:

Good blood sugars always help, but many of us have conceived with A1cs above 6. I think we don't realize how many healthy people have trouble getting pregnant because people don't talk about it much. I know that some doctors will recommend seeing a fertility specialist after 6 months of trying when you have type 1 diabetes.

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Hi! I am also 31 and have gotten my A1C down below 7 (6.2 and 6.4). We are actually going to begin trying to conceive in April but I have a lot of the same concerns you do and just wanted you to know you are not alone.

I am dreading finding out we can’t conceive or having trouble conceiving. I told my husband even when/if i get pregnant, we aren’t telling ANYONE until after at least the first trimester. I realize a lot of people do this already, but I am super paranoid.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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