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Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that it is safe for women with type 1 diabetes to use an artificial pancreas during pregnancy. This breakthrough could make pregnancy safer for thousands of women in the UK.
Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are currently considered high risk because during pregnancy, hormones interfere with the way your body works, which makes it more difficult to control your blood glucose levels. This makes it difficult for mums-to-be to control their condition and they need to be monitored closely by a specialist healthcare team throughout their pregnancy.
An artificial pancreas is an easy-to-use electronic device that could revolutionise current care. It monitors the body’s glucose levels and delivers the exact amount of insulin required. This could help women deal with their condition more easily.
At Tommy’s we are delighted to see new technologies that could make it much easier for pregnant women to deal with type 1 diabetes and to have a healthier, less stressful pregnancy.
Our midwife Sophie explains:
“It’s great to to hear that this new technology will hopefully become more widespread across the country for our type 1 diabetic mothers! It may take a little while to filter down as midwives and doctors are trained to teach women with type 1 diabetes how to use the devices. However this new technology will not only make pregnancy safer for mums and their growing babies, but will also make it far less of a daily chore for them. Type 1 diabetic mothers have to test their blood sugars every few hours and inject themselves with insulin accordingly. This is something that they are used to, but one less thing on the to-do list for any busy women going about their everyday lives is great!!!”
The fact that you have type 1 or 2 diabetes in pregnancy does not mean that your baby will get it as a child. But they will have an increased risk of getting it later due to genetics.
If you have type 1 or 2 diabetes in pregnancy you will get extra care.
The NHS is taking urgent action to protect expectant mums from a black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) background during the coronavirus crisis, as new research shows these women face an increased risk.
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria carried in the body. Carrying group B strep is usually harmless, but sometimes it can infect a baby during labour. Fortunately, most group B strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented, simply and safely, when pregnant women carrying group B strep are offered antibiotics in labour.
You should feel that your needs and wishes are being listened to during labour, particularly around pain relief. Every labour and birth is unique and care should be tailored to you.