That was the worst hangover of my life.
Literally, the first trimester was like a hangover that wouldn’t end. Without the funny stories or pictures from the night before. What a buzzkill. I, unfortunately, suffered from morning sickness something fierce. I naively expected it to be along the lines of feeling sick, puking, and feeling better. Not so much. I’d feel sick, puke, and continue to feel sick. Luckily, I was able to get a prescription for zofran, which helped, but didn’t eliminate, the symptoms. At one point, I blew a blood vessel in my eye and my eyeball filled up with blood. Stayed like that for 2 weeks. I looked preeeeeetttttttttty. (Pictures available upon request).
My blood sugars did well during the first trimester. I didn’t really experience the constant lows that some pregnant Ds talk about. I did experience MORE lows, but I would treat and most of the time they would play nicely and come up. I’d have a random stubborn low, but that’s par for the course with diabetes, right? My A1c hung out between 5.7 (!!!) and 6.3. My endo wants me below 6.5, so she’s happy with that!
One thing that did kick in for me – hypo unawareness. Many times my CGM would bark at me and I’d be like, “LIAR! I don’t feel low!” only to test and yeah, be in the 50s. Thank goodness for that little gadget. It woke me up quite a few times overnight with it’s beeping so I could treat a low.
On the topic of morning sickness and lows…probably the most frustrating for me with this whole pregnancy thing (thus far) is feeling nauseated AFTER bolusing for meals. To combat this, I’d try to eat as much as I could and either rock a temp basal of 0 for quite some time or, if my tummy allowed, down a glass of milk.
In the grand scheme of things, the first trimester went pretty smoothly. Along with the common pregnancy symptoms (I could’ve napped every.single.day!), diabetes definitely had a role, but I followed the mantra of “Correct and overcome.” I’m not shy about tweaking pump settings or trying new things. Being pregnant with diabetes is definitely not a walk in the park but with a good attitude, careful monitoring, and persistence, it’s definitely manageable.
I’m 22 weeks now. I’ll update on the second trimester happenings soon!