Well... where should I start. It was at 18 that I first learnt about a disease called diabetes, and that I had it. Not long after that, I realized that this could cause issues for women later in life. What happens if I want to get pregnant? Can I still have a baby? Am I even fertile?
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a mother, but I also wanted to enjoy being a young adult as well. I lived like a god(ess) in France and was happily reckless, even with the ups and downs I had with my blood sugar. Then came that moment of shock with my endo, who said I should start using an insulin pump if I really wanted to have a child. After a long time reading about the different options, and having had several consultations and conversations, I made my choice: Kaleido. Its size, compactness, and range of colours were of course important, but the best thing was it didn't have a horribly long tube attached to it! Combining the Kaleido with my continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and lots of checks at the hospital resulted in an HbA1c of 42. I got the green light.
I was able to fulfil my long-held wish. My partner and I ‘practised’ quite a lot, not knowing how long this sort of thing takes. Several friends had told me it took them more than a year – or even two. Would that be the same for me? You can imagine how astonishing it was when, after just three weeks, I found out I was pregnant! Apparently, the whole process seemed to go a bit faster than we'd expected. We were over the moon with the news, but it was also very unreal!
An early ultrasound (at 8 weeks and 5 days) detected a heartbeat, and everything looked good. Our adventure with the three of us could begin. After registering with the midwifery department at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), I was given an ultrasound appointment. Because of my diabetes, I had to go to a whole host of other appointments. What a shock that was! Extra ultrasounds, extra appointments with the specialist. And the goal to have blood sugar levels that stayed between 5.3 and 7.6 mmol/l.
The hospital staff are aware how much it takes out of you. Having spoken to my partner about it, I decided to take the non-invasive pre-natal test (NIPT) at eleven weeks. We had to wait at most two weeks for the results. Thankfully, the test results were positive, and I wasn't faced with having to terminate my pregnancy! I couldn't have asked for better news! From now on, I can really enjoy my pregnancy (that evening, I shared the news on Facebook and Instagram, and told my whole family). Luckily, I haven't had any problems in the first trimester, so it's a ‘perfect’ pregnancy so far. I'll keep you posted!
Lucille, lover over tropical places and what the Dutch call ‘gezelligheid’, has been working in HR for the past 5 years and living with diabetes for 12. After all the parties and concerts over the past few years, some amazing travel adventures it’s now time to slow down. Ready for a new, adult, adventure, she’s currently building her life with her partner and baby on the way.