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Diabetes and pregnancy => Pregnancy issues => Topic started by: KarinaC on 09 October 2015, 04:55:58 PM

Title: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: KarinaC on 09 October 2015, 04:55:58 PM
Hi all I am currently 22 weeks pregnant (type 1 diabetic) an I have retinopathy. I have just had my 2nd lot of laser to disperse fluid in my eyes. I have been told that I may have to have a c section due to not being able to put added pressure on my eyes.
Has anyone any experience with this an what is the healing process like ?
Title: Re: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: Pattidevans on 11 October 2015, 12:25:44 PM
Sorry Karina

Everyone seems to have missed this post.  I do know one lady who was a member whilst pregnant with twins.  She had the laser treatment and hasn't looked back.  Another member Winni had problems with her eyes during pregnancy, but I think it was glaucoma.  I think she had a C section.  Have a look at her older posts here http://diabetes-support.org.uk/diabetes_forum/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=36 (http://diabetes-support.org.uk/diabetes_forum/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=36)
Often when mums have given birth and they have new babies to look after they don't have time to come on the forum and they drift away.

I do wish you all the best of luck and please let us know how you get on!
Title: Re: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: gemsa on 21 October 2015, 08:58:29 PM
Hi Karina. I can't comment on the retinopathy, but can do the c section and healing if that helps? I found it didn't take the full 6 weeks to heal, but I started doing too much to soon and delayed the healing longer than it needed to be. Days 1-7 are, well I'm glad I can't remember them much! Pain killers offered in hospital worked fab, paracetamol and ibuprofen at home didn't always hit the mark. But you have so many new baby hormones rushing around to not care. Days 7-21 felt a lot better but this was the time I started to do more. If you have friends/family that can help with the washing etc then please don't be precious - accept their help with open arms.  Days 21-27 I felt strained having done too much. Days 27-35 I felt so close to almost being ready to drive again and so loopy at the prospect of being housebound. Days 35-42 I felt ready to drive and and get back to 'normal life' but I didn't want to push myself again so waited till the 6th week.

Biggest tip beyond accepting any help offered is making sure your cot/crib is a Co-sleeping one - being able to reach sideways and scoop little one out what feels like a hundred times a night is much less painful on the scar than sitting yourself up and then leaning over what feels like a hundred times a night!
Title: Re: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: feejee on 22 October 2015, 07:15:19 PM
I also can't comment on the retinopathy but can on c-section. I think if it's a planned c section rather than emergency you can prepare beforehand a bit better too.  At my hospital they had me up and walking after 12 hours (overnight) which was hard but I do believe it was the best thing for me.  Had to have an arm to lean on though.  I was able to walk up and down my steep stairs at home within 2 days.  It wasn't comfortable, but it was doable.  I was only allowed ibuprofen at the hospital just kept on taking them as much as allowed to keep the pain down.  Just a tip (use one of the mega maternity pads stuck in the front your pants to stop the stitches rubbing). Once my stitches were taken out on. Day 5 I felt loads more comfortable and stood up properly instead of bending forwards.  Didn't do too much for first 3 weeks but after that was much more able to go for a walk etc.  by week 6 absolutely fine and out and about in the car.

My changing table was a godsend as no kneeling down to change nappies. 
Title: Re: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: Pattidevans on 22 October 2015, 07:39:53 PM
Unfortunately Karina hasn't been in since 9 Oct.  I will try to alert her to new responses.
Title: Re: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: KarinaC on 22 October 2015, 09:49:15 PM
Thanks for the info. Anything helps. I've seen those cots that sit beside the bed so must look into getting one :)
Title: Re: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: Liam on 23 October 2015, 12:24:11 PM
Glad to see you got to read the replies Karina. It is the nature of this section that the ladies tend to be very busy (with little ones) so it can be a bit slower to get answers. The rest of us can reply but it isn't as good as the first hand experience of the mothers.   
Title: Re: Pregnancy and retinopathy
Post by: Pattidevans on 23 October 2015, 12:55:45 PM
It would be worth you going into your profile and turning on notifications Karina.  That way you will get an email alert when someone adds to your thread  :)