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  1. KristinW
    KristinW October 5, 2011 at 6:38 am | | Reply

    Allison,

    I’m so inspired by your efforts and look forward to hearing about your journey. I have faced many of the same challenges you talk about, with the exception of trying to ready my body for a baby. Good luck – sounds like you are on your way!

    KristinW

  2. Briley
    Briley October 5, 2011 at 6:43 am | | Reply

    Good luck in all the planning!! If you like to cook, I have found @TerryWalters cookbooks (I only have one) fabulous. The one I have is also separated by seasons, which makes it very convenient. Unfortunately it is still packed away, otherwise I would tell you the name of it as well.

  3. Meagan
    Meagan October 5, 2011 at 7:51 am | | Reply

    Very excited for you and your husband! I too am not willing to “give up” carbs, but I found that limiting them to about 30 per meal worked for me…that way I fill up on healthy lower carb items like veggies and lean protein and still enjoy some carbs (which I adore!). I lost 7lbs in about 1 1/2 months too! Hope you have great success wrangling that A1C to a safe level for pregnancy…best of luck to you!!!! :)

  4. Sysy
    Sysy October 5, 2011 at 8:00 am | | Reply

    Clean eating helped me out TONS with blood sugars. I just don’t eat any white foods and I’m good (aside from unexpected things like infections, stress, um, the usual, ya know) Something that also helped was to simplify my daily routine. When I don’t crowd my schedule or try to fit in too many things in a day, I find that it helps avoid times when I’m in such a hurry that I forget about my diabetes. During my pregnancy I was so loony brained (the hormones will do that to you) that I wore a watch with multiple alarms on it (the watches meant for senior citizens so they remember their medications). Every time the alarm sounded I stopped and thought about my diabetes and about when was the last time I tested. It helped me catch highs and lows before they got super high or low. I was working in a busy corporate office at the time and didn’t want to forget the most important thing-my baby’s well being. Good luck with your goal of lowering your A1c a bit more. I know you can do it.

  5. Heather
    Heather October 5, 2011 at 8:28 am | | Reply

    I actually just found out that I have type 2 diabetes and I am about 11 weeks pregnant. Lil freaked out by all this new info and all these numbers and of course the new eating life style!! But glad that I finally found out what is going on with my body! The thing right now that I am trying to get use to is that sometimes I feel sick and tired from the diabetes and other times I feel sick and tired from being pregnant but I am starting to be able to tell which is which!! This def a new journey for me and I am scared out of my wits but I am trying hard to just absorb all I can at this point!! Thank you for this lets me know I am not the only one on this scary journey!!

  6. Lyrehca
    Lyrehca October 5, 2011 at 8:37 am | | Reply

    Good luck!

  7. Caro
    Caro October 5, 2011 at 9:05 am | | Reply

    I’m just four weeks away from meeting my (hopefully totally healthy) baby, and feel about ready to write my own book on the subject of diabetes and pregnancy now! What I want to say to you right now though is that although you’re absolutely right to be planning early, and to be wanting to get your A1c down for your own sake as much as a baby, don’t underestimate the difference that wanting a baby “right now”, as opposed to “sometime soon” can make to your diabetes management.

    Like you, we planned ahead. We began planning before we got married and made a host of specific changes, and I was very committed to good control for the purpose of babies as well as general health. But babies and my diabetes weren’t the sole focuses in my life, and it would have been both unrealistic and stupid to make them so at that time. The month that we felt ready to actually try – the month we would have thrown the birth control out and got on with it if I weren’t diabetic – my A1c was still sitting at 7. Being told “that really wouldn’t be advised”, when I was so desperate to get going, was really hard.

    And it did something to my motivation. My desire for a healthy baby gave me an amazing focus. In 2 months my A1c was down to 5.9%. I was at 5.9% at conception, and that has fallen throughout my pregnancy to my current low of 4.6%. (No bragging, pregnancy does artificially lower the numbers slightly, due to increased blood volume and red blood cell turnover.) Suddenly I was able to deal with that much cookie deprivation, willing to push everything else aside and make my life fit around diabetes rather than my usual approach of making diabetes fit around my life. Some of the changes I made are not sustainable in the longer term. I did eat much lower carb. I did eat practically the same meals at the same times to minimise the number of potential variables. I passed on certain food and activities that I would otherwise have gone for and dealt with the consequences afterwards. I didn’t mind that I was depriving myself of things and letting diabetes influence me in ways I never had before, because I was desperate enough. But doing those things over the much longer term would be so much harder (and bear in mind the actual conceiving bit can take a while too!)

    I guess what I’m saying is keep your goals modest to begin with, but don’t let the idea of under 6.5% or even under 6% scare you, because it is do-able when you’re right there ready to leap off the cliff. But if you set yourself that kind of target over 2-3 years, you may well burn out before you get there.

    Remember too, that if you try one thing and it isn’t working, you need to try something else. Believe that it really is hard work, but if you’re willing to do the work it is also possible. Totally possible. Good Luck!

  8. Natalie Hodge
    Natalie Hodge October 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm | | Reply

    Great Post! So meaningful to get such great information. Keep up the good work.

    BTW, everybody sign the JDRF Petition to Draft FDA guidelines if you haven’t gotten the chance yet! Here is the link!!

    ‘Sign the Artificial Pancreas petition and help those living with diabetes at http://bit.ly/nQY3QM!’

    Best, Natalie

  9. Jeanette
    Jeanette October 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm | | Reply

    This is a great post and I applaud you for getting ready now for pregnancy. I too have type 1 diabetes and have never been able to get my A1c below 7. But my husband and I decided that it was time to start this journey of parenthood earlier this year. I am now 4 months pregnant and let me tell you, no matter what you do to prepare yourself and your diabetes control, it all becomes a roller coaster ride because of all of the hormones and changes of pregnancy.

    I had been working on getting my A1c below 7 so that my doctor would approve getting pregnant. It was exactly 7 when we did find out I was pregnant. I am pleased to say that it is now 6.3 and dropping. I never thought that it would happen and it scared the living daylights out of me when my OBGYN said that I needed to get it down below 6 for the health of my baby. But with the help of my medical team and very strict testing and adjusting I can now see that it is possible.

    The best advice that I can give is to do your research before and leading up to your conception, but then you just have to be kind of flexible and adjust with your body as it changes.

  10. AmyT
    AmyT October 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm | | Reply

    @Natalie – Yup, we’ve been promoting the JDRF petition too. Thx!

  11. Jeanette
    Jeanette October 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | | Reply

    First of all, good for you for getting prepared early. I too have been terrified of the unknown of a diabetic pregnancy. And I too, have never been able to get my A1c below 7. But earlier this year my husband and I decided it was time to embrace the many uncertanties of parenthood.

    I am now 4 months pregnant and let me tell you this, no matter how prepared you are how in control your diabetes is, it all becomes a roller coaster ride of diabetes and pregnancy. I had an A1c of exactly 7 when we found out we were pregnant and with the help of my medical team and very strict testing and adjusting it is now 6.3 and dropping. I never thought it was possible, and I was scared out of my mind when my OBGYN told me I needed to try to get it to 5.5 for the health of my baby. But I am starting to see that it is possible, and really not that scary.

    The best advice that I could give is to do your homework and be prepared, but when it comes down to conception time you really just have to be flexible and adjust with the changes of your body.

    -Jeanette (Jralphs)

  12. michelle
    michelle October 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm | | Reply

    Hi! That is very exciting that your planning on having children! It’s alot of work but such a blessing! I’m a type 1 diabetic age 34 & have had diabetes for 29 yrs. Also, I’m a mother of 5 healthy children…yes 5:) My A1C has always been 6% or below (normally 5.6-5.8%) 5.6 was my last one a month ago,( except in my early childhood years of diabetes it was more like 7-8%.) Please let me know if you have any questions! I would be happy to help you through this journey. I’m currrently working on setting up a blog of my own …I feel like I have so much info to share with others! :)

  13. michelle
    michelle October 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm | | Reply

    I should add that I have no diabetic complications thankfully. I’m so thankful for the new control methods now a days, when I was 6yrs old things were alot different then they are now! I could go on and on with given you advice but would rather you write any questions you may have so I’m not repeating things you already know:) Take Care! And I’m glad I came across your blog!

  14. Tabea
    Tabea October 13, 2011 at 7:42 am | | Reply

    Having a pregnancy-friendly A1C does not have to mean cookie deprivation. I am T1, 27 weeks pregnant, A1C before pregnancy 5.6%, currently 4.9%. And I never say no to a good cookie. It’s all about portion control. The maximum amount of cookie carb I will ever ingest in one sitting is 10g; 5g is even better though. Yeah it’s not a lot of cookie but you enjoy it more if you make it last. And 2 hours later, you can have another small morsel.

    This eating-like-a-mouse approach even works with pizza. I had a pizza blowout sometime around week 16. One small piece of thin-crust pizza (20g carb) every 2 hours. It took me two days to finish a medium pizza but throughout those two days, my blood sugars ranged from 3.8 to 7.5 mm/ol (multiply by 18 for American equivalent), which is a pretty nice flatline for pizza!

    The point being, yes it’s bloody hard work but it’s doable and well worth it in the end. Good luck!

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