I thought I would share my pregnancy story which for the most part was uncomplicated except a hiccup near the end. I just want to share that even though I had a complication, I got through it and me and my baby are doing great!
I have had T1D since age 17. I am 29 and just had my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby girl.
Pre-pregnancy my A1C was 6.9, and was down to 6.3 during the pregnancy. I had no trouble conceiving, all my ultrasounds were normal, including a fetal echo. I gained 30 pounds and my endo, perinatologist, and diabetes educator were all happy with my glucose control. I take multiple daily injections (Lantus and Humalog) and started using a CGM (Dexcom) at 13 weeks gestation.
Now for the "complication". I started non-stress tests once a week at 32 weeks gestation (my OB's wanted me to start twice a week at 28 weeks, but my perinatologist didn't want to start them until 34 weeks, so this was a compromise). At 34 weeks I started going twice a week. Fetal heart rate and activity were always normal, as was the amniotic fluid level, until 35 1/2 weeks. On that day, the perinatologist said my amniotic fluid was low. He asked if I had been leaking fluid. I said no. I told him my blood sugars had been lower over the previous two weeks (I had been taking more than twice my pre-pregnancy amounts of insulin and starting at 33-34weeks felt like the insulin resistance I had built up was starting to go away). He said these were both signs that the placenta was starting to fail and I would have to have my baby right away. I had time to go home, inform my husband, pack a bag, talk to my OB, and then was in the hospital at 8pm that night.
My OBs plan was to ripen my cervix using Cervidel, then induce contractions with Pitocin. The Cervidel was inserted at 9pm, and I actually started having contractions throughout the night. In the morning I was already 3cm dilated, so they did not start the Pitocin. I ended up progressing on my own, requested an epidural when the contractions got really bad, and delivered my baby girl at 12:15pm the day after I was admitted. She was 6lbs4oz and 18.5 inches long. In terms of diabetes management during the delivery, I had an insulin and glucose drip that the doctor and nurses dealt with. I had my CGM on me the whole time and was running about 140 most of the time. During the delivery, the doctor said I had almost no amniotic fluid, so it was good I was induced. She said that the placenta looked fine (I think the perinatologist caught the low fluid just in time and if I had continued on there would have been more complications while I was pregnant).
At delivery I got to hold my baby girl, then they checked her glucose which was a bit low (47). Their policy was to take her to the NICU to follow-up. Her glucose ended up going up on its own, but at that point they noticed she was having respiratory distress (breathing too fast). Although she came out with great APGAR scores (8,9,9) and was screaming, her lungs were not quite yet ready given she was early (a complication the perinatologist warned me could happen). She ended up spending 8 days in the NICU, which was really difficult, but she is now 1 month old, has been home with us for 3 weeks, and she is perfect!! Her lungs are all better and she is not expected to have any other complications due to being pre-term!
So, even if a complication does arise, it doesn't mean it will be something that lasts, just something to deal with in the short term. This forum has been a great resource for me and it's great hearing about all the healthy babies other T1D moms are having. Good luck to you all!