The first time I found out I was pregnant four years ago, I was hungry for information about a type 1 diabetic pregnancy. So I took to the internet. Shockingly, I found next to nothing about type 1 diabetic women’s personal experiences with pregnancy. Everything I found was very clinical, and not what I was searching for.
Dismayed, I started my first blog. Wanting to get into blogging for a while, I never could come up with an idea of what I wanted to write about. I mean, what could I say that people would actually want to read? That changed when I found out I was expecting my first child in 2015.
Pregnancy + type 1 diabetic = instant blog topic. Born out of this equation was my first blog, Sugar-free Mom-to-Be.
I had several reasons for wanting to blog my experience as a pregnant diabetic.
The first was personal. It would be my journal to recall and reflect on those experiences at a later time. It was uncharted territory for me, and I knew I would have some thoughts about it.
The second was that I was disheartened by the lack of information I could find about type 1 diabetic pregnancies. Most of what I found was traumatic medical articles about the risks and complications of a T1D pregnancy. Not the most uplifting way to start my journey.
So I thought, hey, maybe I can chronicle my experience and someday another woman would be able to relate or find some comfort in my story.
I started writing about my experience when I was about four or five months pregnant. I found it very therapeutic to get all my thoughts out onto something tangible. I kept up writing through the delivery of my son, and then a few months after.
I have since retired that blog. But I decided to revisit and compile those entries into a book that I published (eek!).
Still wanting other T1D women who may be nervous and looking for similar experiences to find a story of comfort, I didn’t want my story to be lost forever. I want to show my fellow T1D expectant moms that their pregnancies can be everything they hoped for and then some. I had a positive experience and I want them to know that it is possible.
So I decided to share my story, and hopefully it offers a glimpse into what to expect with a T1D pregnancy. You can purchase my book for Kindle or paperback by clicking HERE.