Friday, September 20, 2013

Pregnancy And Type 1 Diabetes.

One of the most excerrifying (that's being excited and terrified at the same time, if you're unfamiliar) times of my life was being pregnant with my daughter. As a woman who has lived with type 1 diabetes since the dawn of time she was six years old, I'm familiar with the notion that pregnancies with pre-existing diabetes are complicated. Even when you're managing your diabetes perfectly well thankyouverymuch, pregnancy puts us in the "high risk" category and everyone freaks the heck out.

While it's true that balancing pregnancy and pre-existing T1D is a major challenge, what I wish someone would have told me way back when is that not only is it possible for someone like me to create a brand new human being who is totally healthy - there are perks to being pregnant and diabetic!

In that spirit, I'd like to balance out all of the "aaaaaah everything will go wrong!" with a little of what will go right.


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22 comments:

  1. A triumphant return to cartooning (the cartooniverse?).

    Well done.

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  2. I am incredibly impressed with the ultrasound rendering...

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  3. as a type 1 diabetic and a mom, i found this hilarious and true!

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  4. Thanks so much for this post!!! 14 weeks pregnant with T1D right now, and this was exactly what I needed to see today! :)

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  5. I have 3 healthy kids and have had T1D since I am 2. During pregnancy my blood sugars were at their best. Not only because I was motivated but because it was just easier to manage. It did get a bit harder with each pregnancy since I had my other kids to take care of. Well done. Another perk was having someone help me to monitor my blood sugars 1-3 times per week. When having a c-section I got my own room at the hospital.

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  6. 30 weeks pregnant with my first and couldn't agree more!

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  7. This is awesome. ['Course, I expect nothin' less than awesome out of you :).]

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  8. Def thought the baby was relaxing arm-behind-the-head style in that U/S until I looked at it for a 5th time. I prefer my initial reaction.
    #youreaninspiration

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  9. The angry pancreas gave me the giggles. Well done once again Kim.

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  10. This is awesome! I'm going to print it out and save it for my sweet t1daughter for when she grows up. Maybe she won't need it,,,maybe they'll have a way to jump-start a pancreas by then:)

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  12. I've had three healthy kids-thank gd-and am expecting number 4 with T1. I don't know anyone else with T1 so it's nice to touch base with people. I have the most incredible support team at my hospital and it makes the world of difference!

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  13. I think we need to see more Grumpy Pancreas cartoons :)

    Please...

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  14. So totally inspired by your journey and enthusiasm. Discussing pregnancy with my endo on Oct 11 and I wish it was tomorrow! Thanks for the laughs!

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  15. I have had type 1 for 23 years. I got it when I was 5. I am now 9 weeks pregnant and THIS made me smile! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Laughed out loud!

    I can't tell you how many times I bragged about not needing to have the glucose tolerance test:) Nope, I'd say... No need to get checked for something I've got:)

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  17. As a T1D diagnosed at 17, only 8 years in and starting the TTC journey...it is really nice seeing an honest but hopeful outlook and story. It has been a hard road google-searching positive T1D TTC stories and pregnancy, thank you for sharing.

    xo-Brittney

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  18. Just wanted to say thanks. It is nice to find someone who has had type 1 for years and then had a good pregnancy. I have had type one for 21 years and while my husband and I are planing on having kids eventually... But I just found out I am pregnant and have been freaking out because A. this was not planned for and B. I only have a vague idea about how to do diabetes and pregnancy. It is really good to hear positive stories like this.

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