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Sunday, March 8 • 8:30am - 9:45am
A Lot of Hard Work, But Doable: Pregnancy Expectations and Experiences of Women with Type I Diabetes

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Past research has focused on the importance of stringent medical diabetes management for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes to achieve a pregnancy with minimal complications. Unfortunately, there is little research on these type 1 diabetic women’s actual lived experiences with pregnancy. Additionally, there is virtually no existing research on the expectations that type 1 diabetic women have towards a future pregnancy experience. This study was designed to gain insight into expectations that nulliparal diabetic women have regarding pregnancy, to understand the lived pregnancy experiences of women with type 1 diabetes, and to examine the expectations versus the lived experiences. Ten nulliparal women with type 1 diabetes and 10 women with type 1 diabetes who were currently or/had previously given birth were recruited. All women were interviewed over Skype. All audio recordings from the interviews were transcribed and then coded for themes. The results indicated that women who were currently pregnant and/or had previously been pregnant reported significantly more positive themes regarding diabetes and pregnancy than did the women who had never been pregnant. This research suggests that it is essential that dialogues regarding pregnancy be initiated by physicians even prior to a voiced desire to become pregnant, in order to accurately educate their patients, and ease any unnecessary anxiety in this population of women. Additionally, this study exposed that early diabetes education, pregnancy planning, and support are important, yet often overlooked, factors that increase the likelihood for physically and emotionally successful pregnancy experiences for this population of women. **I cannot present on Sunday as Dr. Joan Chrisler, the second author, cannot attend on Sunday. Thank you in advanced!**


Sunday March 8, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
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