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Pregnant With Type 1 Diabetes

Personal accounts from pregnant mothers with type 1 diabetes

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'According to experts, of the nearly one in 10 women with diabetes in the U.S., about five percent have type 1 diabetes (an inability to produce the insulin needed to process the food we eat). Moms with diabetes can deliver healthy babies, but they need to take extra precautions during pregnancy to avoid potential complications.'

Source: What to Expect

More information on the complications is found in:

Diabetes Mellitus and Pregnancy (Medscape)

Here I would like to highlight some of the human stories in the What to Expect article 'I Was Pregnant With Type 1 Diabetes':

"My pregnancy was probably different from an average pregnancy. Not only was I followed closely by my obstetrician, I also had frequent visits with my endocrinologist, perinatologist, ophthalmologist, nutritionist, and a diabetes educator. I had to schedule normal appointments, as well as extra ultrasounds, bio-physicals, and many non-stress tests. I had to prick my fingers at least 8 to 10 times a day, and began to use a continuous glucose monitor."

- Jackie W

"while most of my pregnancy went well, it ended abruptly at 38-weeks via C-section due to preeclampsia. My son was born at 8 lbs. 12 oz., and spent the first few days of his life in the NICU while the doctors tried to regulate his low blood sugar. After a week in the hospital due to my high blood pressure, we finally left with a healthy little boy — thankfully suffering no other effects of his mommy's disease. I am now pregnant with my second and last baby, and obsessively testing my blood sugar once again."

- Beth A

"My husband and I were blessed with our daughter in February of this year. There were many appointments with healthcare providers, and it took a lot of dedication, finger pokes and insulin to maintain healthy blood sugars, but it was worth every effort. I had a healthy pregnancy and now have an energetic and thriving daughter."

- Miranda H

"When I reached the age of 27 and had been married for several years, I decided it was time to take control of my health, because we were ready to start a family. I immediately went to a high risk OB who specialized in diabetes and managed to get it in the best control of my life. Soon after my first doctor's appointment, I found out that we were expecting our first baby! It was exciting yet scary — I remember always wondering if my baby would be normal or if my diabetes would affect him in any way. Pregnancy with diabetes can be very stressful at times. I felt like I was at the doctor's office almost daily."

- Adrienne G

"When I was little, I thought I would never have kids because of having diabetes. Then thanks to Steel Magnolias, I thought that if I did get pregnant with diabetes, I would die. I had my son by C-section at 35-weeks due to high blood pressure and low amniotic fluid. After a very long 12 days in NICU, Cole came home and is now doing fantastic. "

- Jen G

Source: What to Expect

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

How might we better support pregnant women with type 1 diabetes and their partners?

How does this research relate to our use cases and personas?

This applies to 'The Mother Suffering from Chronic Disease' because type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition and nearly one in 10 women in the US have diabetes.

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I am a Community Manager for this challenge.

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