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Helen German

Tweet After thirty-eight weeks of growing in what could easily have been a compromised environment, (salvaged only by managing my diabetes carefully) my healthy baby girl was born. Weighing 8lb 6oz, with ten tiny fingers and toes, and a headful of dark hair, I fell in love at first sight – and yes, I still…

Tweet A few months ago I thought making a birth plan and having any opinion about labour was a pointless affair; that diabetes would make these decisions for me. But this is not true. In the throes of a diabetes downer (and we’ve all been there) it’s very easy to let our life-long disease take…

Tweet After that so-called ‘glowing’ stage of pregnancy, the third trimester swiftly arrives. And if diabetes with pregnancy was difficult up to this point, then be prepared for an even steeper, uphill climb. Let’s recap. The first trimester brought all the initial fears and anxieties about facing the next nine months. Then there were the…

Tweet It’s recommended that diabetics have retinal screenings done at least once a year as part of their general healthcare and diabetes management. This is where drops are placed in your eyes to dilate the pupils so the backs of your eyes can be photographed and examined for any diabetic damage. Diabetic retinopathy is one…