Hi, Dlombardi –
First, I know that the first few months after diagnosis could be overwhelming. I hope you have found people to talk to (both diabetics and non). You WILL learn how to deal with things and will be able to have the kind of life you want, but it will inevitably require some extra effort. The good news is – there is so much more support in every sense than there was even a decade ago.
On planning pregnancy: yes, it is super important both for better conception chances and ultimately for a healthy baby to bring down the HbA1c. Since you were in the process of developing the disease probably for months, without realizing it, the current number isn’t something to worry about. Just focus on what you should be doing for good control day-to-day and the results will come.
I see from your profile that your regiment is MDI. From my experience, I’d recommend that you try to get on a pump as soon as possible, as well as to wear a continuous glucose monitor. (My own early experience in brief: I was diagnosed eight years ago, at 28, in a place that had an extensive T1D research program, so I feel incredibly lucky that my first endo, who was up to speed on all current research and herself a major researcher, recommended that. It makes a HUGE difference. It took three months of MDIs while I was waiting for my insurance to approve the coverage of both those, so I really can compare. I still did OK in that time and my second HbA1c was in the 6s after being – I think – over 13 when diagnosed. But the flexibility and control you get with a pump are incomparable. I am sure during pregnancy, when everything fluctuates even more, it will be even more important.)
I am happy to talk to you about pumping and whatever other questions you might have in trying to decide (I hope not “whether”, but “what kind”).
There is another woman here who approached me about setting up a small TTC group here – I am trying to figure out how to do it. Would you be interested in joining if it works out? (In the meantime, I am happy to communicate one-on-one.)