Thursday, October 11, 2012

26 Weeks: Failing Insets, Travel & Eye Problems

26 weeks brings the need for more and more insulin and having to change my inset almost EVERY day! One of the reasons I got on the pump was so that I didn't have to poke myself with a needle every day, but this is what this stage of pregnancy brings. With my first pregnancy I had to do it starting at about 17 weeks, and this one it's just starting now. I did realize that sometimes I wasn't be patient enough and giving the insulin time to work, which is probably why I changed it more often before....but now at 26 weeks it's becoming necessary for me.

We just got back from a babymoon to Mexico! It was awesome! Not too hard to control my sugars abroad. But it was very hot and humid, therefore I experienced some painful water retention. I didn't realize what it was until I got back. My calves were HUGE and I felt like I pulled a lot of muscles in them. My face was also slightly swollen as well. I've been drinking a bunch of water which has helped with the water retention as well.

My back has been starting to really hurt. Traveling on an airplane and with airport delays it was no fun. I'm going to a Chiropractor and Physical Therapist too. I am going to do some acupuncture as well. I had issues during my last delivery with my back and want to prevent them as much as possible if I can. 

Eyes- since last week I have noticed some blurriness in my left eye. As I drove today and it covered briefly my eye I freaked out and went to the eye doctor. I was worried because I'm type 1 and pregnant. My doctor told me my eyes could get worse in pregnancy. He told me today though what he see's is the residual blood left over from when my eyes bled before when I was doing fertility treatments. It was such a great relief to know that it wasn't anything new! After all the back issues I've been dealing with , I didn't want to have to deal with that too. They said it can take anywhere from 2 months to a REALLY long time for it to go away....let's just hope it goes away on it's own!

Next growth scan is in 2 weeks!! I'm looking forward to that....and then maybe after that I'll start ordering some baby furniture! :)


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  2. Congratulations! I just read most of your blog and have a few questions for you.

    Today I had my 3rd FET and my sugars are out of control. I am so worried the embryo won't stick since I'm experiencing so many " highs" I got diabeties during my first pregnancy and it never went away. I have a 2 year old little girl and would love to give her a sibling. Did you experience highs without eating? By how much did you have to increase your insulin by? I am so worried I will mess it all up since I am having a hard time controlling my sugars. I'm still waiting for my endocrinologist to call me back. Any advice will help. Please!!!

  3. Hi Catherine! Thank you for the congratulations:)

    So I will try to answer your questions as best as I can...but first let me say that I'm not a doctor, so these are just my opinions:)

    I don't think you should worry at all about the embryo sticking due to blood sugar control. If you go on diabetes websites or forums, there are so many Type 1 diabetics who get pregnant with their sugars being out of control and their A1C's being high. I'm not saying you want to stay here in pregnancy, but it should have nothing to do with the embryo attaching or not.

    Some diabetics blood sugars are really affected by stress. If this is the case for you, try to relax as much as possible (I know it is so much easier said than done.....) But maybe it can help!:)

    There are times, especially now in pregnancy that I experience high's without eating....and it's all a result of hormones and insulin resistance. I know for me it's because my placenta is getting bigger and making me more resistant. In your case, as when I did IVF, sometimes it's because of the hormone shots that I was taking. I don't know what they gave you, but it may affect your sugars. Since I wasn't a large follicle producer, I was able to work out a bit more throughout my IVF, which helped my sugar control. But that is something I know you don't want to do right after a FET. Are you watching your carb intake? I've really had to to that in the am now and it's helped my sugars so much. I try to have an egg in the morning and or a light yogurt. Do you think your foods are affecting anything??

    Also, if I find that my sugars are high and won't come down, since I'm on a pump, I change my inset. Are you on a pump? Sometimes it just stops working. If it hurts when I put in a new one I know it's not going to work so I remove it and put in another one.

    I didn't have to raise my basals during IVF, but mostly just my boluses. It was usually 2-5 extra units here and there when needed, but I know it will be different for everyone.

    Overall, just do the best you can with your sugars. Try to relax (so hard, I really do know)....and just remember it shouldn't have anything to do with your embryo sticking, but that's from what I've read and other people's stories. I wish you the best!!! Please let me know how it goes!!:) I hope this was helpful for you! Let me know if you have any more questions:) Good luck!!!