I am a Type 1 Diabetic and have been for 20 years. I use a Medtronic Paradigm insulin pump and have a Dexcom G5 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). In 20 years, I have only experienced one major, negative affect: a low blood sugar seizure in the middle of the night in February 2017.
I am Roman Catholic, a little “crunchy” and uninterested in chemical contraception. So, in addition to our Religious beliefs, for personal beliefs as well, we are open to life.
Lowell and I have been married for nearly 12 years and are expecting our 7th baby. I end up delivering large babies, but never due to uncontrolled diabetes. I have maintained a1C’s of 6.0-6.5 during my pregnancies, and all our babies are healthy as can be. When I delivered our 4th, all 10 pounds 10 ounces of him, my OB shook my hand and said he believed I was built to build and deliver big babies!
I want to share my diabetic story, including my having more than 1 or 2 kids, as a Type 1 Diabetic. I don’t know any T1D women who have had more than 2 kids, but I know a handful of T1D men who have 3+ kids with their wives and are open to having more.
In all my internet searches over the years, all I can find is mostly info for Gestational Diabetes. And discouragement for T1D mothers to have more than one or two kids and for no clear reasons why.
Is this something that would be followed? Do you know diabetics, or folks in general, who would benefit from my story? I realize I am probably going to have to dig up some scientific facts or information from time to time, which I can and will do!, but this will mostly be about my experiences and journey as a Diabetic mom.
Based on the kind of response I get, I may start a different blog specifically for that. If there is only a little interest, I will probably just post here and tag it in it’s own category.
So, talk to your friends and your friends friends. Maybe share this post via your fav social media outlets to help me get feelers out there? And comment, comment, comment here. Please. Let me know what sort of things are of interest based on what I have been through.
I have been praying about this for some time, and woke up this morning thinking I should put it out there to see if maybe 2018 will include a new mission for me to shine some actual light on child bearing possibilities for diabetics.