I am 40 and pregnant with my first. I have been type 1 for 32 years and have used 'N' my entire life. My blood sugars are not perfect, they never have been. My A1C was 7 and the doctor wants it closer to 6 but while I have been pregnant my blood sugars have gone way down. When you have had it for so long your body often does not give you the warning signs that you are having a reaction. Someone I know has had type 1 for 15 years. She delivered a healthy baby boy the old fashioned way. She rarely took insulin, ate cupcakes, and drank regular Pepsi all the time. She is overweight and always has been. Her son is now 4 years old and the teachers at the daycare have been telling her they think the child is gifted. If you want to get pregnant, go for it, your blood sugars are at a healthy level! Good luck with everything!
Have you thought about getting on an insulin pump?
"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.:
I talked to my doctor about the pump, but I don't want to get it unless I have to. I don't like the idea of having something attached to me. Although, I do have a CGM and I love it. Does the pump really help control sugars, or is just more convenient than doing shots?
I actually felt the same way. I've been type 1 for 21 years and had no desire to have to rely on a piece of equipment when I did just fine on shots. I've been on an Animas pump now for about 5 months and had my first A1c under 7 without even really trying. I'm at a 6.3 and I'm 10 weeks pregnant. It doesn't mean perfect blood sugar by any means, but it has meant much tighter control than I had with Lantus.
Be who you are and say what you feel cause those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
Having a pump really depends on the type of person you are. I have a pump and have had it four years now and would never go back. It is not inconvenient, or at least it never has been for me. Dresses have been my only issue with the pump. My levels also went into even better control on the pump. Granted I too have always taken good care of my levels. If you feel you want the pump, go for it. If not, do not worry about it.
How long does it take to get used to the pump? I have been trying hard to work on my sugars for the past couple of months to get ready for pregnancy. If I get a pump, will it take me a long time to get adjusted to it? I was hoping to be ready for pregnancy in the next few months.
Well, when I first started, I immediately had a difference in my glucose levels, a good change. The first few days of being on the pump, I was calling my educator every three hours making sure everything was going well. The doctors will guide you through the process till you are used to it. If an adjustment is needed, they will tell you how to do it. It is great. Right now being pregnant, my levels are perfect. But we had to adjust my pump just right to the changes in my body. But everything is going well. :)
It didn't take very long to get used to it. I had some issues with my infusion sets at first. Everyone is different, but it took me a month or two to get "used" to it. For me personally, having the pump deliver basal insulin instead of taking a shot of Lantus every night made the biggest difference in my numbers. That and the ability to use a combo bolus with meals. That has kept me from having spikes after meals. With my pregnancy, I haven't had to make any huge changes yet, I've actually reduced my basal rates slightly. I'm sure that will be changing soon though. Its a big step, but if you're already used to watching your numbers, it shouldn't be a difficult adjustment.
OK, this is a little unrelated to the original question, but since you are talking about getting a pump... to anyone who has one: what is it like trying to be intimate when on the pump? Can you disconnect it? Is there still a wire or insert or something? I'm used to being completely free of anything attached to me (except wedding/engagement rings) when having s-x and I'm concerned it would be a distraction or inconvenience.
What do you all do? What has been your experience? Has your man thought it un-sexy?
I have never had a problem. My guy said that he didn't care, he said it is sexy. My pump is pink and he thinks it is cute. I have both worn it and had it off during sex. I suggest to have it off though because I have accidentally hit my guy wearing it. lol. When it is off, I still have the part attached to me in, but the tubing and device is off. Having a pump did not change what he thought, as I am sure your guy would be the same. It has never been a distraction.
I agree! If your man loves you for who you are he won't care what your wearing as long as your healthy! It doesnt get in the way for me since i wear an omnipod and its wireless!
I am 27, diagnosed with T1 Diabetes in October 2005. I have two daughters. The first was born in 2007 and the second in 2009. I was on Novalog and Lantus from 2005-June 2011. Throughout both pregnancies. None of my doctors said anything about the Lantus not being approved. Both of my children were and still are completely healthy. I now have the Animas One Touch Ping Pumping System (got it in June 2011) and wish I would have had that when I was pregnant.
My pump has never gotten in the way during sex. Like Marian Tow, I've worn it during and disconnected during. I was a little worried that my husband would find me less sexy, but that is not an issue at all. He is actually turned on by me being able to handle things that he doesn't think he would be able to (needles and such). TiffS is right "If your man loves you for who you are he won't care what your wearing".
Fear not! I'm a type 1 who is currently 22 weeks pregnant with a very healthy little boy, and as long as you're willing to do the work, you can have a 'normal' pregnancy. I'd say to research type 1 and pregnancy because from the second trimester on, blood sugar levels and insulin needs will start to change rapidly. If you are really opposed to a pump, you can still take Lantus but it is a little less reliable than what a pump can deliver but by no means unsafe. When I found out I was pregnant, I was totally unprepared and had an A1C of 8.9 (in September) but I've managed to bring that down to a 5.9 (which is exactly where my doctors want me). To get to this point, I saw my Perinatologist (high risk OB) and a diabetic educator or my Endo every week during my first trimester, I got on a pump back in October, and I accepted that I have a rollercoaster ride ahead. I now see my doctors every other week and they're supportive and brag on me every time I go in (which they should cause I'm doing rather well). I would advise getting on a pump at least while pregnant because it's truly simplified my life... I'm testing 10 times a day to keep track of my sugars but I had no idea I was testing that often at all. I was hesitant when my doctor told me she wanted me to get on a pump but after some research I jumped on board and I'm so glad I did. My biggest concern is that my little guy's sugar will bottom out after we're detatched, but birth defects... neh.... and Lantus (and all other insulin) does not pass the placenta (hell, it doesn't even get processed through our kidneys or liver), so your doctor is wrong to say it's not approved... although for the first few weeks before I got on the pump Lantus did cause me a lot of lows, it is seemingly less reliable than a Basal dose from a pump.