“Tiny Miracles: Glu Research Studying Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes”
Not too long ago, women with type 1 diabetes were told they should never get pregnant – that it was too difficult to manage blood sugar and therefore, too risky for both the mother and unborn child.
Today, thanks to advanced therapies and technologies, women with type 1 diabetes can and do have healthy pregnancies before giving birth to healthy babies with few complications. But it is not easy.
As a woman with type 1 myself, I've experienced the challenging and uncertain roads of preconception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum. With my first, I remember the surprise of low blood sugars starting around eight weeks. Even as an experienced nurse midwife at the time, I didn't know about the normal physiology of decreased insulin requirements late in the first and early in the second trimester. Had I known, I would have made adjustments earlier and avoided some lows.
Experiences like this moved me to become a perinatal diabetes educator. I now work exclusively with women who are or hope to become pregnant with diabetes, and routinely scour scientific literature for the latest information that will help my patients.
But while there continues to be research on gestational and type 2 diabetes, the science to guide us with our special autoimmune disease remains almost non-existent. That’s why I teamed up with Glu to conduct this important survey. By learning more about your experiences with pregnancy preparation, preeclampsia, deliveries and breastfeeding, as well as the relationships between diabetes devices and outcomes, we can use the results to help inform women with type 1 as well as their health care providers on how to have a successful journey through these childbearing years.
I am incredibly grateful to Glu for their commitment to furthering the research on this important topic. But we can't do it without you, so please take the survey and share your experiences with us. Many thanks and all the best in your type 1 motherhood adventure.