I was 17 years old and senior in high school when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Rocked my world. I knew nobody at ALL that had diabetes. And all I knew was that it meant you couldn't have sugar anymore. (Yes, I know that's not true..but that's all I thought I knew back then.) That was a little over 24 years ago (go ahead, do the math. It's ok. I'll wait.) The admitting doctor looked at me and told me I'd never be able to have children. I believed him, because he's the expert, right? So for years I was super sad because all I'd ever wanted to be was a mommy. Fast forward many years and I realized that was not, in fact, true. And it IS very possible to not only get pregnant, but to have a successful pregnancy, even though I was living with diabetes. I had to be very diligent about getting and keeping my A1C down, but I am happy to report that in 2007, I found out I was going to be a mommy for the first time. I delivered a healthy baby boy in 2008. I was watched like a hawk by my team of doctors, but we made it to 38 weeks and baby and I were both 100% fine.
Fast forward to 2012 and we decided to try again for one more. This time we needed to use IVF (that'll be another post) and we found out we were not only pregnant, but wait for it ..... I was pregnant with TWINS. I was watched even more closely this time. I was also 38 years old by this point, so that was a factor, but I made it to 36 weeks and 5 days and delivered two more beautifully healthy boys.
I only wish I had resources back in those early years following my dx to reassure me that I could be a mom. But I didn't, and I can't change that - we just didn't have things like forums, or blogs, or the internet for that matter. ;) We had incredibly awkward "support groups" at the local hospital but those just didn't do it for me. So if you ever feel isolated and feel like you can't see your dream of becoming a mom come true .... I hope you read my story, I hope you feel a little more encouraged now. :)