Hey all. I’ve been a type one diabetic since I was 8, so 12 years going with this battle. At first it wasn’t a battle, but when I hit the age of 13 it went downhill. It’s been a struggle since. My a1c is crazy high and I’m working on controlling that with exercise, a better diet, and by paying more attention to my diabetes but it’s still rough.
I’ve always wanted kids. I remember being heartbroken when I was a teenager as it truly dawned on me what having kids as a diabetic would be like. Now that I’m 20 years old and married I still want nothing more than a family.
Mainly I’m terrified. We plan on trying in two years once my husband is finished with his degree, so I know I have time. But still I’m plagued by these thoughts. What if my blood sugar accidentally goes above 200 while I’m pregnant? What if I cause my child to have disabilities or complications? I’m just so terrified that I’ll never be able to do this.
I guess I want to know the reality of it all. I’ve tried talking to my doctors but I only ever get the professional talk of get your a1c down to 6, stay as low as possible, etc. I never know the reality. What is the harm if my blood sugar goes above 200 once during my pregnancy? Is it an automatic death sentence? I’ve heard it’s easier after the age of 25, is that true? Do I need to forget about ever eating carbs again? Am I stressing about this way too much?
Thanks, I appreciate any support/advice/personal experiences.