Natasha's Story - TTC while struggling with diabetes
Hello it's nice to meet you! I am Natasha, a 35 year old who has had type 1 diabetes for the last 10 years. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
I was diagnosed with diabetes in my early twenties, and I knew from the start that I wanted to have children. But I also knew that it would be a challenge. I got referred by a gp to a brilliant Doctor, who worked closely with me to manage my blood sugar levels and reduce my risk of complications, but there were still many obstacles to overcome.
After several years of trying to conceive, my husband and I finally received the news we had been hoping for – I was pregnant. I was overjoyed, but also anxious about the challenges that lay ahead.
Throughout the pregnancy, I went for checks for my blood sugar levels and my babies health I monitored my blood sugar levels carefully, adjusted my insulin doses as needed, and followed a healthy diet and exercise plan.
The pregnancy was not without its challenges. I experienced some complications, including gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, but with the help of my medical team, I was able to overcome them.
Lily was born in April 2022. She is the light of mine and James life.
To other women living with diabetes who are hoping to conceive, I want to offer a message of hope. It’s possible to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, even with diabetes. With the right medical care, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude, anything is possible. Don’t give up on your dreams of motherhood – you are stronger than you know.