Pregnancy & T1D: Laura's Story Part. 1
JDRF employee, Laura Ciccarelli, was one of the many amazing women to participate in the creation of the JDRF Pregnancy Toolkit. Laura was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) when she was 13 years old.
In this three part series, we ask Laura all about her experience with pregnancy. From family planning to managing her T1D, Laura shares her experience with us.
What was involved with the planning of your pregnancy (from a T1D perspective)?
Once I decided I was ready to be pregnant I informed my endocrinologist, nurse and dietician so they could help me improve my A1C. I was personally pretty happy with where my numbers were but when you are pregnant there are more stringent standards and I wanted to be in my best control possible. I also tried to get my hands on as many resources as possible which proved both positive and negative. I like to have lots of information but some resources have a negative tone and I found they stressed me out which wasn’t necessary. I recommend asking your doctor and health care team for recommended reading material, I discovered there is such a thing as too much information!
Involving my husband was also a big part of my plan of course! He is always very helpful with trying to count carbs in our meals or getting juice when I need it but it was great having his help to wake me up in the middle of the night to test if needed. Having him there on days that were stressful - and I was simply tired of testing - was encouraging to remind me the end goal would be worth it!
Who is part of your medical team?
In addition to my diabetes health care team I included my family doctor and eye doctor. I knew it was important to have checkups, that way if any issues came up during pregnancy they would have something to compare it to.
*This interview was conducted when Laura was 29 weeks pregnant, as part of the research used to create the JDRF Pregnancy Toolkit*
With the help of people like Laura, JDRF has created a Pregnancy Toolkit which outlines disease management goals for pregnancy, as well as how to obtain the best possible support from your healthcare provider at every stage. Get your copy of the JDRF Pregnancy Toolkit.
We’d love to hear from you! Are you someone who has T1D and has had children? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.