Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
May 24, 2003
Question from Bozeman, Montana, USA:
I have type 1 diabetes, and am trying to get pregnant. My hemoglobin A1c values have been the low 6% range. My last menstrual cycle started two months ago. This past weekend, I woke up with a blood sugar of 330 mg/dl [18.3 mmol/L] and throughout the day, it went up and down which is very strange for me. Even if I am sick, they are not like that. My blood sugars have gone down, and I am off my 60% increase on the pump. I have taken a pregnancy test, but it was negative Could my crazy blood sugars be very early signs of pregnancy? Did I take the test too early?
For women with diabetes, an early sign of pregnancy can be fluctuations in glucose control. However, this is nonspecific and I would not rely on it as an indicator of conception. If you are having problems controlling your blood sugar, and you have missed a period you may want to get a blood pregnancy test from your doctor. This is much more sensitive at detecting an early gestation than home pregnancy testing.