I haven’t blogged in nearly over two years 😱 I debated blogging about my journey being pregnant with diabetes when I was pregnant with Amelia however after previous miscarriages I was so convinced something would go wrong that I couldn’t bring myself to blog about it. However I now have a healthy happy 10 week old little girl.
For anyone who doesn’t know Amelia was born at 38weeks + 2 via c section on the 23rd August 2017 at 09:28 weighing a lovely 10ibs 11! 💗 I’m also pleased to say that her lovely size was, according to all the doctors, nothing to do with my Diabetes yay!
(Amelia photographed by Lyn Braund at just over two weeks old 😍 side note Lyn is an amazing photographer and I would recommend her to everyone and anyone! Go take a look at her work on Facebook and Instagram!)
On the 23rd of January 2018 I will have had type one diabetes for 11 years and Amelia will be 5 months old 😱! The end of 2016 and the whole of this year so far have been the hardest but most rewarding year I’ve had with type one Diabetes. No one can prepare you for how much hard work being pregnant and having type one diabetes is and then for the first few weeks afterwards having type one and a baby is just as difficult!
Hormones and diabetes has always been a bit of a struggle for me personally. I find when it’s that time of the month my blood sugars will shoot up and then I will have random lows here and there. So when I got pregnant I knew from previous pregnancies and my sugar levels I was pregnant so early that it didn’t even show on a pregnancy test. I was so adamant I decided although still to early I would test on Christmas Day and that is when we got our positive test!! Amelia will always be my best Christmas present well her and my brother who was born on Christmas Day!
I’ve debated writing an in-depth blog about my pregnancy and diabetes but if I’m honest I didn’t have the best pregnancy with complications such as pelvic girdle pain, high blood pressure so constant monitoring for preeclampsia and the fact Amelia was big and breech from about 28weeks 😂 So it was a tad stressful that combined with the fact I struggled not to worry about something going wrong! 🙈
What I will say is that I’m so bloody proud of myself and everyone I know with type one Diabetes and babies. When you have Diabetes and are pregnant you have to work so so much harder at life to be honest 😂 but it’s so worth it! I get to wake up to this face everyday!
I can’t express how amazing James and my family and friends were throughout my pregnancy journey too! Being pregnant really highlighted to me that I have an amazing group of people in my life and I am so lucky! I ended up having to rely on other people quite a lot as at the beginning I struggled to drive due to hypos and towards the end I struggled to drive because I was super big and legs and feet were so swollen. So thank you for putting up with my fat and emotional self! Also for all the support you have continued to give me so far! I really am super lucky to have you all in my life!
Also I just want to say a big thank you to Southampton General Hospital Pump Team, my midwife from Shirley Avenue Surgery and Princess Anne Diabetes Team for helping me with my pregnancy journey! They are both amazing teams who work so hard and deserve a lot of praise! Amelia is my Medtronic pump baby! I am super grateful I was on the pump during my pregnancy and had such great teams looking after me!
There is one other group of people I have to say thank you to! There is a lovely group of women on Facebook who support was out of this world when I was pregnant and having meltdowns! This group is called the sweetest journey (for diabetic mummies and mums-to-be). I would recommend this to all women with Diabetes with children or wanting children. They offered so much support and advice from their own experiences and it was lovely to be able to experience the journey with some other women on there! So thank you to all of them!
A few pictures of some of My lovely family and friends. There are so many more! And you all know who you are! ❤️ Me and Amelia love you all so much! 😘
Now I need to decide whether to start blogging again 😂🤔