Dexcom G6 CGM senor, continuous glucose monitoring in pregnancy for Type 1 diabetes

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hypos. By the second trimester it is plainer

sailing, with less insulin required - or so I

found. I just ate small snacks if I went low.

The third trimester was a bit trickier and

at that point I found it really useful to have

a CGM sensor. At this stage, you can't

really wait for several days in order to see

a pattern emerge, you have to act faster.

Now I'm pregnant again and this time I'm

experiencing slightly more highs than I did

before, but that's possibly because I'm

also looking after Barnaby at the same

time - when I was pregnant with him, that

was all I was concentrating on."

Scaled back

So the big question then becomes, how

was the birth? "For Barnaby's birth I

refused to go on a 'sliding scale' which

was standard practice at the hospital,"

says Holland, "but my Type 1 team was

amazing, my doctor was both a genius

and a miracle worker. Apparently, I was

the first woman at Kings on MDI not to

have a sliding scale** for giving birth.

Throughout the delivery myself and my

partner controlled my sugars. In the early

stages I was a bit low and was snacking,

then in the later stages I needed a few

units of insulin."

After Barnaby was born, his mum

embarked on five months of breastfeeding.

CGM funding for pregnancy sensibly

continues for the first three months after

birth, which can be a very challenging

time with hormone levels changing,

sleepless nights and all that looking after a

new baby entails. Holland says, "It was an

added reassurance to have the funding

for Dexcom for the first three months

after his birth. I did experience quite a lot

of weird hypos out of the blue. I did have

a break from Dexcom due to the NHS

funding running out. I had a small break

as, for a while, it had been quite intense.

Then we decided to try for a second baby

after the pandemic began, essentially due

to the collapse of the music industry -

there were no performances, no work.

We thought we may as well extend the

maternity experience while we have the

opportunity."

Holland has since moved out of

London to Hastings on the East Sussex

coast. She continues, "I have had

Dexcom funding approved again for

this pregnancy although I now attend a

different hospital, in fact the same one

that I was in when I was diagnosed ten

years ago. I was the first person at that

hospital to have Dexcom approved for

pregnancy, so I have been part of getting

it rolling at that centre. My pregnancy

experience has been very different this

time around. My insulin resistance was

high throughout the first trimester and I've

had far fewer hypos. I'm now past the first

trimester, Dexcom remains amazing and it

helps that I've been through a pregnancy

already. The second time around is a bit

less scary as I've done it before, and it

turned out really well the first time!"

*DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal

Eating) is a specific diabetes education

course for people who use insulin. Ask

your HCP if it is available in your area.

**A sliding scale is when a patient

is hooked up to a drip with a sugar

solution in one arm and a drip with an

insulin solution in the other arm, the

idea being to balance out the diabetes

patient's control by adjusting the two,

necessary if a patient is unable to look

after themselves.

Olivia Holland wearing a

Dexcom G6 with son Barnaby.

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