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type 1 diabetes and pregnancy

On the Other Side.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By September 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

The first time I was pregnant, the physical journey was the hardest part for me.  Building a baby, watching blood sugars, dealing with body changes … the list was long but included mostly body changes, and also a boatload of excitement about crossing the threshold into “parenting.”  Back in 2009/2010, it was inconceivable to me that something “bad” would happen during…

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C-Section Party Time, Hey Hey.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By September 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

There’s another kid in my house now, and he’s two weeks old as of this afternoon.  But how did he escape, you ask?  Sunroof exit!  Here is some of the how and why my son came a bit earlier than expected. That Tuesday morning two weeks ago came with the promise of another long drive to Beth Israel hospital in Boston,…

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Four Chairs.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By August 29, 2016 Tags: , , , 39 Comments

Our kitchen table has four chairs, and for several years, we had our family of three at the table for four.  But three chairs filled felt right at the time. Except when it didn’t.  A few years ago, that fourth chair became this thing for me, like it should have A Person for it.  There was a feeling that someone was…

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Month 8,455 of Pregnancy.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By August 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

It’s been very quiet here on my blog, and this is because my body and mind entirely are being slowly devoured by the baby.  I’m nine days away from my scheduled c-section (but past 38 weeks, so could go into labor on my own any time) and my body hasn’t ever been this pregnant before. The baby apparently likes being…

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Spring-Loaded Navel Gazing.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By August 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 12 Comments

(Edit: I had originally written “naval gazing” instead of “navel gazing.” Thus illustrating the point of this post, which is that my mind is quickly becoming mush. Thanks, Bobby, for the edit. 🙂 ) It’s week 35 of this fetus party.  All I have left to give are bullet points. My stomach moves.  Often.  To be more precise, it’s my…

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Guest Post: Peer Support, and Mending a Broken Heart.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 27, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

Anna Floreen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six, and she lives in the Boston area with her husband and their adorable puppy dog.  She’s currently working as the Community Outreach Manager for Glu and travels the country speaking at diabetes-related events.  A champion for diabetes camps and peer-to-peer support, Anna works tireless to build up the…

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Feeling Maternal

Infertility and Pregnancy By December 22, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Between these slowly rotating into the laundry cycle as we get ready for the baby: and the fact that my baby bump has popped overnight:  I’m feeling pretty pregnant these days. That is all.  🙂 (Light posts this week, what with the holidays and the fact that I’m headed to my mom’s to make gingerbread cookies all day today.  Photos…

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Living at the Joslin Clinic

Infertility and Pregnancy By December 21, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Last Friday, Chris and I (and BSparl) were at Joslin all day long.  ALL DAY.  But that’s what’s required with type 1 diabetes and pregnancy, so I wanted to recap these appointment for posterity, and for anyone else who is curious about what it takes to manage this whole party.  It’s a long post, but with five different appointments to cover, I want…

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Pineapple Express

Diet and Food, Infertility and Pregnancy By December 14, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Hi there.  I’m addicted to pineapple. This week, I’ll be five months pregnant, and it seems like the vitamin C cravings I had early on in my pregnancy are back with a vengeance.  Orange juice (yes, with pulp), kiwi fruit, apples, raisins (even though they’re low in it, I still want them), and pineapple.  To the point where Chris and I bought a…

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Baby Flutters

Uncategorized By November 24, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

“Is it too early to be feeling the baby moving?”  I asked my pregnant best friend. “What are you, fifteen weeks along?  No, it’s not too early.  Does it feel like fluttering, or butterfly wings?” I remember when the NBF was at my house over the summer, about five months along in her own pregnancy, and she was convinced she had felt…

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Unrealistic Expectations

Infertility and Pregnancy By November 18, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

BSparl is getting bigger.  (And so am I.) I spent a lot of time planning this pregnancy, starting from back in 2003 when I decided to go on an insulin pump.  And even though preparation didn’t begin in earnest until Chris and I were married, having a child has always been something I’ve wanted with my whole heart.  So I read up on…

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Pregnancy Progress

Infertility and Pregnancy By November 13, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day.  While my best friend’s baby shower is this weekend and I’ll be busy preparing for and helping with that event, I know there are lots of events taking place to celebrate the big, blue circle (including the Big Blue Test … more on that later). But today is just another day in diabetes management, and it happens to…

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Two Heartbeats on D-Blog Day

Infertility and Pregnancy By November 9, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

The first time we saw him (or her), it was at the emergency room back in Connecticut.  We were only seven weeks into the pregnancy and barely had caught our breath from finding out when the bleeding happened and I panicked.  We spent five hours in the emergency room, poked and prodded and with an IV line at the ready,…

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Lovenox, Heparin, and WTF

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Family, Infertility and Pregnancy By November 4, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

During my endocrinologist appointment last week, I brought up that itchy, scratchy Lovenox rash to my OB/GYN, Dr. T.  And she wasn’t comfortable with how my body reacted.   “That rash is from two weeks ago?  How does it feel now?” “Less itchy, that’s for sure.  But it got all hivey and wouldn’t relax, not for about a week.  It itched like…

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