Big (baby sized) news

By | 31 October, 2012

Obligatory photo of our 13 week old fetus that looks suspiciously like all other 13 week old fetuses (except ours is the cutest, obviously)

We have some amazing news. Geoff and I are thrilled, delighted and overjoyed to announce that we’re expecting a baby. Oh yes, ShootUp is getting an offshoot, I’m pregnant!

Due to a particularly ineffective set of polycystic ovaries who seem to have used my pancreas as their role model when it comes to how to be an unhelpful body organ, it’s taken us 6  years to get this far. The upside of that is that following plenty of fertility drugs, IVF and early miscarriages I am now quite expert on diabetes and infertility!

Diabetes has of course been closely involved, but for today, it is being shoved in a corner where it belongs, out of the limelight. Suffice to say, it has been given a stern talking to, kept on a very short leash and I have a baby pleasing HbA1c of 5.7%.

For now though, lets forget about all the diabetes and infertility palaver and celebrate. I’m 3 months pregnant and the incessant nausea, vomiting and exhaustion of the past few months seems to be coming to an end. Please join us in being completely and utterly over the moon.

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About Alison

Diagnosed with Type One in 1983 at the age of four, Alison's been at this for a while now. She uses Humalog in a combined insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and any blood glucose meter as long as it takes five seconds or less.

26 thoughts on “Big (baby sized) news

  1. Tim

    I’ve already heartily congratulated you and Geoff – but now let me do it publicly! Hearty congratulations co-writer – you know that Katie & I couldn’t be more pleased for you both.

  2. Heidi

    Congratulations! – and good luck on all the extra appointments 🙂 Don’t know if it’s the same in the UK, but here in DK, once pregnant you have hospital appointments every two weeks until you’re 32 weeks pregnant, then it’s every week. I don’t miss that, but now I also got an 11 weeks old to take all my time and attention 🙂

  3. Dave

    Absolutely fantastic news!!
    Congratulations. Really, really, really pleased for you, Geoff and bump.
    And your fetus is obviously the third most beautiful one ever to be photographed 😀

  4. Mike

    Yay! Brilliant! Great news. Huge congratulations to you both 😀

    Hope the pregnancy goes well – and the bump plays nicely with your BGs.

  5. lizz

    Alison, what FANTABULOUS news! I also took 6 long treatment-full years to have my daughter, and with much fertility treatment and IVF, I eventually (with a 5 year gap) had my son too.

    I absolutely know how over-the-moon you must be, I’m really quite emotional. For me, I found it much easier, control, when I was pregnant.

    Take it easy, maybe have your vitamin D3 checked. XXXX

  6. Megs

    What lovely, happy news for you.

    There’s no better reason to make your diabetes stand in a dark corner for the day.

  7. Bellebe

    Huge congratulations!
    You may remember (or not!) that I posted about 9 months ago that I was 4 weeks pregnant… well, I’m sat here now with a healthy 5 week old little girl attached to my boob (with plenty of ‘food’ on board despite diabetic mastopathy).
    Diabetic pregnancy is hard work (as I’m sure you know) so hang in there but I think (though slightly biased) that it means you can be doubly proud of yourself and your little one when they arrive.

    Eve was born on 26th September and was 8lb 9oz. I was induced at 38 weeks, which is fairly standard for diabetic mums, so she could possibly have been on the larger size of average by 40 weeks but she certainly wasn’t the ‘whopper’ that the so called experts all lead you to believe you will undoubtedly have as a ‘normal’ result of having diabetes. My HbA1c was between 5,5 and 6,3 throughout pregnancy and I know I was only able to achieve this thanks to having my pump. The growth scan measurements were all fine, except her abdomen which was on the 97th percentile but i didn’t have a buddha belly baby!
    I did end up having a c-section, which also seems to be the ‘norm’ for diabetics after being induced, and Eve did have low blood sugar shortly after birth, so she had to spend a few days in the special care baby unit – which isn’t nice at the time but its very common and it’s much better if you try to prepare yourself for this in advance. My advice, for what it’s worth, is ask your midwife/DSN about expressing pre delivery, from 36 weeks. If you can do it, though it feels very odd at the time, it is so worth it to help them stablise their sugar level asap.

    And above all else , if you haven’t found it already, is brilliant!
    Ooh, long post, sorry… congrats again. Wishing you a v healthy pregnancy and looking forward to the new shoot up addition!

  8. Alison Post author

    Thanks @bellebe and congratulations to you too, you’ve had an exciting few months! And I think you should be doubly proud of yourself – it is a huge achievement to have great control and a healthy baby and still be sane at the end of it.

    At the moment, I’m happily ignoring the fact that the baby has to come out at some point! But when I do face up to reality, high on my list of things to talk to my team about is the seemingly huge numbers of people I read about being induced, labouring for a while and then ending up with a c-section anyway.

  9. JaneC

    Absolutely delighted for you, brilliant news. Always felt it was the best thing I’d ever done to produce my two. By the way mine went the way you described exactly but have to say that C sections in my view are the only way to have babies, loved the morphine as well post op, was the happiest mother on the ward!

  10. Marianne

    The biggest congrats for you both. That’s exciting news and I’m not surprised that you’re over the moon. A wonderful place to be.

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