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Hey everyone! I'm new to this forum. I found out about 10 months ago that i'm a Type 1 diabetic. My sugar levels are under good control, but I can't seem to get pregnant. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 6 months. My doctor just recently prescribed clomid for me so that i can increase my chance of conceiving before my husband goes overseas. Anyway, I was just wondering if any Type 1 diabetics have had trouble conceiving and if there was any successful pregnancies?
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replied December 2nd, 2008
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As long as your blood sugar is under control, there should be no reason you wouldn't be able to get pregnant. Once you do get pregnant, however, you will be considered high risk and really need to keep tight control. You should work with your endocrinologist now, before getting pregnant, to get everything planned out. Here's a great website with information I think will be helpful to you. pregnancy/

Also, I have a friend who has had type 1 for years and is now pregnant with her second child, if that gives you any encouragement Smile Good luck!
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replied February 23rd, 2009
Hello! My name is Sarah. I am a 26 year old and I've had type 1 diabetes for 6 years. Last Dec/January my husband and I started trying to conceive our first child. We have had no luck, and I'd heard that it would be a good idea for me to see an RE. I'm not having much luck with my regular PCP or my OB/GYN. They are both great doctors, but seem stumped by my problem, especially with me being a type 1 diabetic.
I don't know where to go from here...who to see.
My husband and I don't have a lot of money, but we want a baby so badly. We have been saving for a year but if it turns out that for some reason I am infertile, we'd like to spend our nest egg on adoption, or possibly finding a seragent mother. What I'm trying to say, is that we don't want to end up spending a little of our money here and there trying a lot of different things and ending up with no money and no results. My husband has had a SA. The first one came back with low motility, but he went again and it came back perfectly fine. The second time he also had labs done and they were all good to.
I recently had my progesterone tested and I haven't heard back about the result yet. My OB wanted me to get the labs drawn for the progesterone on CD 21. I called the office on CD 20 because I still hadn't confirmed ovulation that month but they said that was fine. I ended up confirming ovulation on CD 20, so it seems to me that CD 21 would have showed the more progesterone out of any of my cycle days. So I feel like even if the result is good, I still won't be sure. I have a short LP and recently I've started spotting 3 - 4 days before my period comes. I've never spotted before. Also, my temp drops close to the coverline (I chart) after about 4 - 6 days after ovulation. Thats why I thought my progesterone might be low. But testing it the say after I ovulate doesn't seem like it would give accurate results for the issues I've been having. I don't really know how that all works though.
I have also had pretty bad cramps when on my period, except when I was on BC for 3 years. For the past few months I notice cramping starting about 7 days after ovulation, until my period comes. My OB thinks I may have endometrioses, but she didn't give me any information on how to find out if I do. She said the next test they would do if my labs came back ok would be to shoot dye into me to make sure my tubes are open. It's over $1000.
I keep my blood sugars under good control. Lately I've struggled with low blood glucose if anything. I don't have a lot of highs.
Sorry for all the information! I just feel like I've gone to so many doctors and people for advice and I haven't gotten anything thats helped yet.
I rarely drink alcohol, and I very rarely drink caffeine (once or twice a month for both). I've been on pre-natal vitamins for over a year, and I've been using preseed since last June.
HELP please!!!
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replied June 9th, 2009
TTC & Type 1 diabetes
Hi Sarah,
Have you become pregnant yet? I sure hope so. I am a 41 year old type 1 diabetic since age 3. I am in good health (5'4", 120lbs, active, H1ACs 7.0 and below). In brief, my husband and I became pregant for the first time ever in 12/08 and miscarried (very early, no heart beat, empty sac). We've been married/trying for 5 years. We fall into the category of "unexplained infertility". The pregnancy we had was via expensive IVF. I've tried pre-seed too. Please dont give up!! I have a few suggestions that might help:
1. Buy the best ovulation predictor kit you can afford ($20 - $200); I did not have as much success with the temperature reading....user error, I believe...
2. I am just learning that my bloodsugars drop 1-3 days before I ovulate (I'm usually not in the mood with low blood sugars) and it seems that when I am actually ovulating, my blood sugars rise(I have not confirmed this just yet), as I have had irregular menses all of my life and this is just the 3rd month of day 15 ovulation and regular 31 day cycles.
3. We use Preseed and my husband's urologist said that canola oil is fine too (and less expensive).

Hopefully, you are already pregnant, since you posted this in Feb. and it is now June! If not, I hope my 3 suggestions help.

Take care, Marie
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