Sailing … with twins .. 2 years later

Two years ago today .. I was feeling a mixture of excitement, nervousness, and pretty much every other emotion you can imagine. I was set to give birth to TWO babies that day. Our lives would never be the same again. And I wouldn’t change one single minute of it. Ok, maybe I’d get a little more sleep those first few months, but I survived. 😉

Two years ago today, I delivered two very healthy baby boys – one of which weighed 7 lbs 4 oz, and the other was 6 lbs. I was very healthy during my pregnancy. I’d say it was luck that enabled me to have such a healthy pregnancy, and two healthy babies, but I know it’s more than just luck. I worked HARD to keep myself and those babies healthy. Having a baby for anyone takes work. But you add something like diabetes to the mix, and it takes it to an entirely new level of discipline.

I had to be even more diligent with my carb counting, to try and avoid the spikes/high blood sugars. And I had to make sure I was getting enough calories to support myself AND not one, but TWO growing babies. But not TOO many calories because diabetics are known to have larger babies. And I had to keep even more juice boxes on hand, to have when the lows hit. I had to increase my insulin intake gradually throughout the pregnancy because the placenta releases an insulin-resistant hormone, and I had TWO placentas in there. By the time I delivered, I was taking 3x the amount of insulin daily that I was taking pre-pregnancy.

I had to miss a lot of work to go to so many doctors appointments. My OB, my Endo, my high level specialist who took regular sonograms to make sure the boys were growing appropriately. My heart had to be monitored to make sure it could support so much extra blood flow going through my body. I wore my insulin pump and CGM religiously, even though I very quickly ran out of real estate in order to wear them comfortably. But it was necessary in order to keep a close watch on my blood sugars.

I always say that I sailed through both of my pregnancies. That makes it sound easy. And I’ve honestly never sailed a boat. But what I do know about it, is it takes work. You cannot just sit on a sailboat and say “Go” and expect it to go on it’s own – the wind will take it in the direction it’s blowing, but there’s got to be some maneuvering and steering along the way. And that is similar to what I did. My body was going to do what it was going to do, but I was for the most part, in control of the direction it went. Had I chosen to not take such diligent care of myself, it could have easily gone a different direction than it did.

I was told at the age of 17 when I was diagnosed, that because of my diabetes, I would never be able to have children. I hope that people hear my story and know that it IS possible to be diabetic and have not only a healthy pregnancy, but to have a healthy twin pregnancy. I did it.

Me and the boys Easter 2015

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About Shannon

I am a wife, a mommy, and a Type 1 diabetic (since '92.) I have had two successful pregnancies - one of which was with twins. I wear an insulin pump- - off and on for 17 years; currently on the Medtronic pump and CGM. I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just sharing my day to day stories of someone who lives with this disease every day. My ultimate goal is to raise awareness.
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