Hi everyone, this is my first post on these message boards. I am really frustrated and stressed out about getting to the point that I can try to get pregnant! I’m 34 and have had T1 for 17 years, and have been on a pump for about 5 years and just got a CGM.
About a year ago my husband and I decided we wanted to TTC this year, so I have been working hard at getting my A1C and weight down. My A1C was 7.4, and I got it down to a 5.9. I lost 10 pounds to put me in the “normal” range, kicked my diet coke habit, and for the past 3 months I’ve been taking prenatals. When I first started all of this, my OB told me that I needed my endo to sign off before I got pregnant and then she would send me to a perinatal specialist after I was preg.
Earlier this year I found out I had retinopathy (pre-proliferative), so I had laser treatments in both eyes (7 total) to prevent further damage, and was told to wait to get pregnant until that was done.
Now, I feel ready… but have been reading about how tight my control needs to be once I am pregnant… so I went to the diabetes clinic with the intention of working on my post-meal blood sugars and tweaking my pump settings. The diabetes educator who saw me said that I should not consider getting pregnant until I have seen a kidney specialist and get an EKG, as well as going to a perinatal specialist.
I asked my endo about this… and she said… “well…. that isn’t a bad idea – it can’t hurt.” I wish someone would have told me this months ago, because these specialists aren’t available for over a month. I am kind of at a loss… I feel a little like I could keep going to doctors forever before they finally give me the OK… and like I have been jumping through hoops, and it is still not enough.
My question (besides needing to vent –sorry for the long post) – did you see a perinatal specialist before TTC? A kidney specialist?