This project is now complete
Why do we need this research?
Women with type 1 diabetes are at risk of experiencing complications during pregnancy which could affect their baby’s health, including being born too large. We need to find ways to help these women to control their blood sugar levels, to reduce the chances of complications during pregnancy.
What happened in this project?
New equipment which can continuously monitor the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood has recently been made available for people with diabetes. This could replace the standard method of checking blood glucose, which involves a finger-prick blood test.
In this project, our researchers sought the opinions of pregnant women with type 1 diabetes. They wanted to see how these women used continuous glucose monitoring, and a new device called Freestyle Libre.
23 women responded to a survey, and reported that they found both of these technologies useful for controlling their blood glucose level throughout pregnancy. The women hoped that more healthcare professionals will be aware of these devices as they become more widely available.
What difference did this project make?
The views gathered in this project have contributed to an educational package for women and healthcare professionals about continuous glucose monitoring. Making these technologies more widely available will help increase the chances that women with type 1 diabetes can have an uncomplicated pregnancy and a healthy baby.
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A recently published article, co-authored by Professor Catherine Williamson from Tommy’s Research Centre at King’s College London, suggests that certain pregnancy complications can indicate future health issues for women.
Tommy’s has received a grant from the UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care to support the costs of its PregnancyHub information and support services throughout the summer, due to rising demand in the wake of coronavirus.
Although recruitment to some clinical trials had to be paused when coronavirus hit the UK, scientists at Tommy’s Research Centres across the UK are still hard at work, supporting women and families in our specialist clinics and sharing their latest studies with academic journals.
The day before Mother’s Day, and two days before the UK officially went into coronavirus lockdown, Zara Dawson found out she was having a miscarriage. Her third consecutive miscarriage in less than a year, and fourth consecutive loss, after losing her second son Jesse in 2018 to termination for medical reasons.