Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Monroe, Louisiana, USA:

I am 29 and I have had type 1 diabetes for 17 years. I struggled with my HMO to get an insulin pump because I was going into several comas (3-4 times a month) with blood sugars averaging 15 to 30 mg/dl (0.83 to 1.67 mmol/L). My doctor and I tried several insulin adjustments but I could get any reprieve from the lows. Then, I became pregnant for the first time, but went into another coma at four weeks. When I was at eight weeks, an ultrasound determined that my baby's heart was not beating and I had a D&C. Did that coma or comas prior to my pregnancy cause me to lose my baby?


There are many possible causes of pregnancy loss. Maternal hypoglycemia can affect the fetus but I am not sure if it can lead to fetal death. Low blood sugars prior to conception would have no effect on the fetus.


Original posting 29 Jul 2000
Posted to Family Planning


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.