July 01, 2007
permalink Valuable books and web sites

Here are the resources I used to find information during my pregnancies. If you have any personal recommendations, please post them below!

Diabetes-specific

***** Diabetes and Pregnancy, Women's Experiences and Medical Guidelines

Miranova Publishers, ISBN 0 958 71423 1, available through Diabetes Australia and many libraries.

The book you just have to keep going back to for thorough information on pregnancy and diabetes, as written by Josephine Costa (the type 1'er who initiated the project), Alison Nankervis (endocrinologist extraordinaire with a special interest in diabetes and pregnancy) and 17 women with pre-existing (type 1) diabetes who give accounts of their own experiences during pregancy, giving birth, breastfeeding and the first few weeks with their newborn babies. In each of these sections, medical comments are given by Alison Nankervis after each woman's story and as "summary advice". An invaluable resource to help you prepare and to help you realise that you are not alone in this gruelling-at-times labour of love.

***** Can I have a healthy baby?

A succinct but excellent booklet on what to expect and how to prepare for a pregnancy with type 1 diabetes. Especially good as a starting resource or resource to give partners, friends and family when you're pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant with d. One of the best things about it is the fact that it contains quotes from women with diabetes who've had babies and was thoroughly reviewed by these women as well as medical professionals before it went to press. Produced by the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society and Reality Check, in conjunction with Diabetes Australia - Victoria. A downloadable version is available at www.realitycheck.org.au

***** www.diabeticmommy.com

This site might just boost your morale if you are feeling stressed, especially during that gruelling first trimester. It was the only site devoted to pregnancy and diabetes with an online discussion forum that I could find during my first pregnancy. There are a lot of people with gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes and only a few type 1's posting to the forum which is a bit of a bummer for type 1's. But then again, quite a bit of the information is valuable for all. I found their thread on induction, including how to convince your doctor to let you wait a bit longer if everything's going well, particularly useful.

Pregnancy in general

***** Up the Duff! The real guide to pregnancy

Viking, ISBN 0670882895

Kaz Cooke's absolutely sensational, informative and very funny book on being up the duff with L Plates! This has actually been my favourite book because it's so chock full of useful info and gives a realistic view of the joys, horrors and practicalities of pregnancy. It's a week by week guide that even my partner could not put down for weeks! This alone in my opinion is a reason to go out and get a copy :-) He wouldn't read anything else. But Kaz's book got the big thumbs up and has him in the know as my most important supporter.

Published in the USA as "A Bun in the Oven" by Ten Speed Press; in the UK as "The Rough Guide to Pregnancy" published by Rough Guides; and in Spain as "Embarazada" published by Ediciones B.

***** What to expect when you're expecting

By Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway. Angus & Robertson, ISBN 0207190798

This book is harder to digest than Kaz's book, but very, very informative. It gives a month by month overview of pregnancy and includes useful sections on antenatal testing, choosing a good practitioner to work with, how to get the maximum nutrition, what to avoid during pregnancy, dealing with illnesses and chronic conditions, what to do if something goes wrong, breastfeeding, first weeks with baby, tips and moral support for the pregnant dad ;-) and oh my god - preparing for the next baby!!!

***** Essential Baby Web Site: www.essentialbaby.com.au

This is a fabulous site. It has an outstanding discussion forum with discussions on everything from being a young mum, older mum, caesars, vbacs, high risk pregnancies, partners, birth stories, diaries, childcare, pregnancy tips, baby names, miscarriage, trying to conceive and much more. The site has the most user friendly forum technology that I have ever found and is populated by intelligent women with some fabulous knowledge and a variety of attitudes. The site gets over 250,000 individual visits a month so the resources on tap here are quite staggering. You can also sign up for a week by week pregnancy guide here, shop for maternity clothes and baby gear, and learn about a range of topics that will be of interest to you during your pregnancy and beyond.

Breastfeeding

***** Breastfeeding booklets from the Australlian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)

These helpful booklets are sold at the fortnightly meetings of the Australian Breastfeeding Association all over Australia, at a low cost, and they are also avaiable from the association's store, Mothers Direct. The organisation also publishes a wonderful book, free to new members, which combines all their information booklets, called 'Breastfeeding, Naturally'.

Parenting With Diabetes

When You're a Parent with Diabetes: A Real-Life Guide to Staying Healthy While Raising a Family

By Kathryn Gregorio Palmer

I have not read this book yet, but it sounds wonderful. Kathryn, whose partner also has types one diabetes, talks about her own experiences raising two boys. The book also contains information on pregnancy and birth with diabetes, adoption as an option, and covers issues that can affect parents with diabetes as their children move through the different phases of childhood and adolescence.

Read Manny Hernandez's review of Kathryn's book on TuDiabetes.

Posted by M.A. at July 01, 2007 02:29 PM


Comments (2)

Hi--just found your site through Tu Diabetes. I would love if you would link to my blog, Managing the Sweetness Within. It's an account of my efforts to get pregnant and pregnancy itself with longtime type 1 diabetes. I just had a healthy son in April 2007, but I dealt with infertility issues for about a year before conceiving with IVF. I'm working on a book proposal about a patient's guide to type 1 diabetes and pregnancy, and would love to connect with others who have questions, or are interested in the topics of type 1 and pregnancy. Thanks, Lyrehca (Lyrehca AT gmail DOT com)

Thanks for contacting me Lyrehca! I have included a link to your blog in the Pregnancy and Diabetes Blogs and Stories page of this web site. It is wonderfully detailed, smart and witty. Congratulations on conceiving and giving birth to your gorgeoous little boy.

I had previously linked to your blog via Diabetic Mommy's blogs and project pages and had been meaning to link directly, so thanks for prompting me and sorry for taking so long to get around to it.

If you think it is appropriate I would also really appreciate it if you would link to my web site in return. As far as I know there are no permanent links anywhere on the web to it yet. If you have any suggestions as to who I might approach to link to my site, I would be very grateful indeed.

I'm in awe of you continuing to meet your work deadlines. I work a mere five hours a week from home at the moment. Doing research, writing and media work. I don't have any child care for my son who is twenty months old. My daughter is at kindergarten two days a week. I'm trying to stay in the moment as much as I can because this precious time is passing so quickly.

Good luck with your book and enjoy that little one of yours. I look forward to reading more about your experiences via your blog.

Mary Anne

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