Friday, 15 December 2017

pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding with type 1 diabetes

in july of 2015 we got pregnant, and that's where my story begins. which, as it turns out, is rather a long story, with lots of details, unexpected events and diabetic nightmares. so, instead of putting this in one blog post, i ended up writing a whole book about it, called 'A Sugar-free Bun in the Oven'.

i know that for those of you who are diabetic and would like to be pregnant one day, or who know someone who is, then this little book could be a useful starting point, or an additional story to the handful of other type 1 diabetes pregnancy stories on blogs out there.

i've made it possible to download for free, and also available on amazon to download, so you have your choice of ways to read it. and if you're not a reader, you can watch the YouTube video i did that gives a little insight into some of the main things you might be wondering. scroll down for links to download the book. 

so here's a few excerpts from the book so you can get a taster of what sort of things it covers (ps. it goes into gory details about other non-diabetic, pregnancy related things too, so stop here if that's not for you):


"Whilst for any type one diabetic the risk of a hypo is an ever present anxiety, we were even more nervous about this because last time a big change happened in my life I had a serious hypo which ended up with me losing consciousness and having a fit in the aisles in our local superstore, before being taken to hospital in an ambulance. "


"The doctor’s prescribed me a hormonal drug that would essentially ‘knock me out’ for a few days so that I was forced to take bedrest and not do anything that would put more pressure on the abrasion and cause it to bleed again. They said that the bleeding might take a week or so to subside, and that I should visit again if it did not disappear within 10 days.

On the way home my husband and I jointly decided that the drugs were probably not necessary or useful if their sole purpose was to keep me in bed, as I could quite easily do that myself without any hormonal confusion (I didn’t even want to find out what it would do to my insulin absorption or sugar levels)."


"This tiredness and consequent inactivity was one of my most frustrating things about being pregnant. I’m used to just keeping going all day long, and find that low-level activity through the day is one of the best ways to control my sugar levels. Most weekends my husband and I are on our feet the whole day, either out exploring the city on foot, going for a long walk in the countryside or doing housework. But at week 30, when a friend of ours came to visit and we went for a day trip to Antwerp although I did manage to walk for 10km, I fell asleep that whole evening and could barely get out of bed the next day."


so, if you're interested, you can download it at:

Gumroad (free download!) (Kindle) (Kindle)

Apple (iBooks)

and watch my little intro video to get a feel for it...