As a woman considering having children, there are many things to take into consideration. IF you are a smoker, you will absolutely have to push that habit. If you are used to eating foods high in saturated fat, you are going to have to make a diet change. There are many factors that come into play when considering having a child, and all are absolutely vital to the wellbeing of your baby.
1. Get all your sugars under control
If your blood sugars are too high or too low, your body will deem you unfit to carry a baby, and your chances of getting pregnant are slim to none. If your sugars are not fluctuating so much of the time, it will be much easier to get a bun in the oven!
2. Remove any oral meds from your treatment
For women with type 2 diabetes, it is highly recommended to stop taking any oral medications when attempting to get pregnant. This is because there is not sufficient evidence that it is safe for women to take oral medication during their pregnancy.
Switching to an injected type of insulin or insulin synthesizer would be greatly beneficial for you to keep your blood sugars within range.
3. Get yourself a Diabetes Support Team
Made up of an endocrinologist, a diabetes educator, a nurse, a dietician, and whoever else you deem fit! it's always a great idea to have as many resources as possible surrounding you when you have diabetes.
4. Maintain in range blood sugars
Put on a CGM. Don't even think twice. You can check all day and make sure your blood does not even think to drop or spike. Take advantage of the technology available today and throw a sensor on there. It will remove so much of the hassle.
5. Always have a sugar stash ready for the lows
There should be juice boxes and glucose tablets EVERYWHERE! They come in handy to reduce the impact of your blood sugar dips. Keep them in your purse, car, house, desk, bathroom, wherever.
And do not forget to use The Spike App to send you insulin reminders!