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Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes: Your Month-to-Month Guide to Blood Sugar Management Paperback – March 7, 2017
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About the Author
ABOUT GINGER: Ginger Vieira is an author, freelance writer and health coach who has lived with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease since 1999, and diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014. In addition to being Editor Emeritus at DiabetesDaily.com, Ginger is the author of "Dealing with Diabetes Burnout," "Emotional Eating with Diabetes," and "Your Diabetes Science Experiment." Ginger lives in Vermont with her husband, Roger, and their daughter, Lucy. They are expecting their second child, Violet, in May 2017. Visit DiabetesDaily.com to read more from Ginger. ABOUT JENNY: Jennifer Smith is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietician who has also lived with type 1 diabetes since 1990. Jenny works via Skype with anyone across the globe on diabetes management goals including: managing blood sugars during pregnancy, marathon and triathlon training, general diabetes management, weight-loss and nutrition goals, and training on using your insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Nathan, and their sons Oskar and Conan. Visit IntegratedDiabetes.com to work with Jenny.
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Women with diabetes need different types of support when pregnant. The technical aspect regarding what to expect and how to handle changes and how they will impact blood sugar levels are necessary and this book covers everything I can think of (and I write about diabetes for a living).
However, because women also have a huge emotional weight regarding what their blood sugar levels can potentially do to their precious unborn children, getting help with this aspect is also crucial. In this book, you get to follow Ginger, who is a wonderfully positive but realistic guide, along in her diary during her pregnancy and so you get the feeling that you're not alone, that these feelings are perfectly normal, and that others have been through this before. There is also a lot of information and guidance surrounding the worry and intense feelings that a diabetic pregnancy can conjure up.
I was struck by how professional, detailed, complete, and yet warm and friendly this book is. It's true, pregnancy with type 1 diabetes can be scary and challenging but with this resource a woman can feel confident that she knows what she needs to know in order to do it safely and successfully.
- Where to put your CGM and infusion sites
- High blood sugars with new infusion sites - THANK YOU! This started happening to me about 2 years ago when I use my hips, and it drives me crazy! I asked my endo about it, and she didn’t know. I thought maybe I was imagining it. It was so nice to read that this is actually a thing! I really appreciated the explanation for why it happens and what I can try to prevent it.
- The discussion about not allowing the pregnancy to go past 38-39 weeks. I was totally unprepared for that with my first pregnancy. I wish I'd had a book like this to warn me! Now I know that my MFM's advice was consistent with the research and she wasn’t just being overly cautious.
- The forgiving section on big babies. A few days ago I had my first ultrasound where my MFM said the baby is measuring large - 90% - and I need to do a better job controlling my blood sugars so the percentage doesn't keep increasing. This was very frustrating to hear, especially since my last A1C was 4.9! It was really nice to read the gentle, no-shame approach to having a large baby, as well as the clearly explained consequences if the baby gets too big.
- The Week 27 section of Ginger's Diary brought me to tears. I feel exactly the same way. It can be really lonely keeping up with the thoughts and emotions that are always present when trying to maintain such tight control, and even the people most dear to me don't really get it. Reading that section was incredibly comforting.
There are surprisingly few good books available on type 1 and pregnancy. I am so glad for this new addition!