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Bun in the Oven

May 1st, 2012

I am happy to announce that my husband and I are expecting our first baby due November 12!!! (could be a WDD baby) We found out the amazing news on March 4th. I can’t even express how exciting and surreal the moment felt. I still can’t believe it!

Now, let me add my a1c was not ideal for pregnancy, I was at a whopping 8.9 and alerted my diabetes team through email immediately. We found out on a Sunday so, I had to wait till the next morning to find out what I needed to do.

I received an email very quickly the next morning from my CDE/Nurse practitioner:

“Now you HAVE TO CHECK & bolus.  Only you can make the right decisions here Gina.  Obviously this was not an optimal time for you to conceive.

If you want to ensure the health of this baby you need to do the following: Check before & 2 hours after EVERY meal.  If you are skipping meal, which you should not, you need to check at least every 3 hours that you are awake.

Your glucose goals are 60-90 fasting & before meals & <120 2 hours after meals.  You need to upload to Care Link weekly & email me to check you numbers.

You need to be seen in the office here monthly, please call to set up an appt & let them know you are pregnant.  You should meet with a nutritionist each trimester.  You should be seen by your OB immediately & set up an appt with a high risk OB as well.”

My first thought to this was MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and a bit of a head spin. How the hell am I going to do this?

For almost 4 years I have been trying to do this exact thing, and with no luck I may add. The closest I had been was two years ago at 7.2. The pregnancy a1c goals actually put me into a severe diabetes burnout for the past year because an a1c of 6.5 just was not happening for me.  I felt like a complete failure, and never even thought the possibility of getting pregnant was in my future. My age also started becoming a huge factor for me because I am 36 and I did not want to be 40 and having my first child. Not that there is anything wrong with being 40, its just my personal opinion.

The months prior to my pregnancy I had been tracking my ovulation with the clear blue ovulation monitor because I just wanted to know when I ovulated for when I did get my a1c down. (Who would’a thunk it?) Three months passed and no egg came on the meter. I said to my husband that there is probably something wrong with me, I’m probably not fertile, I am too old, my blood is too high etc… I drove him crazy. He told me to just relax that there was nothing wrong with me. Of, course…I didn’t believe him.

So, I just kept on peeing on sticks, and in February the freakin’ egg came on the meter! Hallelujah!! The first time I saw the egg was on Feb. 19. I screamed to my husband from the bathroom. We have an egg!! We have an egg!! I honestly never thought I would be so excited to see an egg on an ovulation meter LOL.

Anyway, he’s like, well what do you want to do? and I said welllllll what do you wanna do? Like two schmeckles we couldn’t figure out what we wanted to do. I said to him my a1c sucks but, I am not even sure what the a1c number three months prior has to do with anything anyway. I said, I am healthy (besides the diabetes obvi), I have only had diabetes for 11 years, my blood is 110 right now and what are the odds it will happen on the first time, anyway? So, I say yes, let’s do it!  We both agreed that we would take it one day at a time.

And here we are 13 weeks pregnant, with a healthy baby … and it still feels like a dream. My a1c is now at 7.2, which was a huge struggle but, I got it down in less than two months and that is a feat in itself.

I will be logging my pregnancy here leading up to the big day, and hope you will enjoy reading about this incredible journey. Hopefully you will learn some things along the way or pass me on some advice!!!!

It’s going to be a bumpy ride!!! Hang on!!

My current a1c is: 7.2

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22 Responses to “Bun in the Oven”

  1. Moira Says:

    Love you Gina! I cannot wait to meet little Moira — or Maurice — whichever it may be!!

  2. Kerri. Says:

    Congratulations, G!!!! You are going to be, and already are, a wonderful mom. :)

  3. Camille Says:

    So very happy for you!

  4. Cherise Says:

    Congratulations, Gina!!!

  5. Cara Says:

    I’m so happy for you! :) You are awesome and I can’t wait to read more about your journey and about this new little addition. :)

  6. Meri Says:

    I am so incredibly excited for you! You are going to be a wonderful mother. Go on…show this pregnancy who’s boss! Rock it mama!

  7. Scott K. Johnson Says:

    Congratulations Gina! I’m so happy for you guys!

  8. Lyrehca Says:

    Mazel tov! May everything be boringly normal for you.

  9. Renee Says:

    Thrilled to hear this great news….and thrilled that you shared so honestly…not every woman has the magical ideal A1C at conception!

  10. Lauren Says:

    Love you cuz….you got this! Xoxo

  11. landileigh Says:

    Congratulations Gina and Mike! I’m so very happy for both of you!

  12. Scott S Says:

    Wow … congratulations!

  13. Leighann of D-Mom Blog Says:


    Here’s wishing you a healthy pregnancy and baby!

  14. MelissaBL Says:

    So delighted for you!

  15. Hallie Says:

    I am so, so happy for you!!! Congrats! Sweets is the best thing that ever happened to us! I am thrilled that you will get to experience the wonder and awe that is being a Mommy! :)

  16. Cari M Says:

    So exciting! So happy for you guys! xo

  17. Amanda Says:

    I’ve been a reader for awhile, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. Congratulations to you and your husband. I’ll be looking forward to reading about your pregnancy.

  18. Heather Says:

    Gina I have to say you’ve given me hope. I’ve lived with diabetes for 27years out of the 28 (and a bit!) that i;ve been alive and somedays when I look at my A1c I wonder how i’ll ever get to 7. whatever stage! You have inspired me and recently i’m noticing a massive improvement through massive effort! Congratulations to you and Best of Luck.

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  20. shelly jardine Says:

    congrats gina heres to healthy baby

  21. Amylia Says:

    Congrats, Gina! Thank you for sharing the news with us all–and tracking your pregnancy for us all! I just found out I’m expecting my 1st in February 2013–and this comment here on your blog is my first public announcement of it, though I will make one after my 1st high risk OB appt. Nervous and excited–perhaps we can share this journey together a bit! I know we need all the support, love, tips, and help we can get! :) So happy for you! :)

  22. Melanie Says:

    Congratulations. CHeck out SureCount if you want some support in meal planning around carbohydrate foods!

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