Book Review: Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes – “A Labor of Love"

The following excerpt is from DiaTribe. For the full text of the review, see here.

Review by By Amelia Dmowska.

Ginger Vieira and Jennifer Smith’s month-to-month guide for managing blood sugars, nutrition, exercise, and mental health during pregnancy

In addition to the excitement that goes along with the prospect of having a child, any woman considering pregnancy may be flooded with questions, fears, and worries. For women with type 1 diabetes, there’s the additional massive pressure of maintaining in-range blood sugars for the health of the growing baby while also avoiding severe hypoglycemia. “Managing type 1 diabetes during pregnancy is probably one of the most challenging tasks a type 1 woman could take on,” says Ginger Vieira, co-author of Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes – Your Month-to-Month Guide to Blood Sugar Management (available on Amazon here). “It’s so challenging because it’s this constant pressure to do everything as perfectly as humanly possible. It’s the pressure of knowing that your blood sugar levels are no longer just impacting your body but also impacting that growing life inside of you!”

Ginger and co-author Jennifer Smith wanted to create a guide specifically designed to help women with type 1 diabetes meet those challenges. As mothers with diabetes themselves, they know what it’s like to feel the fear of being pregnant while managing diabetes. Ginger has lived with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease since 1999, has written several books about diabetes, and is part of the editorial team at Jenny, a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian, has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1990 and works as a diabetes coach for people across the globe. They will both soon be mothers of two children (Ginger is expecting her second child in May!). Their book Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes is not just an informative tool and resource, but is also a source of personal support, encouragement, and inspiration for all mothers-to-be with type 1 diabetes.

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