For women with Type 1 diabetes, preparing for pregnancy or an impending delivery requires good planning and preparation. There will inevitably be many questions.
Having decided to start a family, the primary concern of every potential parent with Type 1 diabetes is the health of their future child. The key to a healthy pregnancy is to keep glucose levels under control, which can be challenging during pregnancy due to constantly changing hormone levels.
Read the real-life stories of other women with Type 1 diabetes and discover how they have found their way to a happy pregnancy thanks to better glucose control.
I used multiple daily injections for 17 years before I started to think about getting pregnant. My doctor told me I needed to get to lower levels of HbA1c and achieve glycaemic stability to have a pregnancy free of complications, so he offered me an insulin pump. With MDI, my HbA1c was 8.3% (67.2 mmol/L), but with pump therapy it dropped to 6.4% (46.4 mmol/L). Shortly after, I found out I was pregnant. I often joke that our child is the son of my pump. I am very thankful.
- MARIA CARMELA