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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


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