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Emily Imblum, mom with type 1 diabetes

Navigating Motherhood with Type 1 Diabetes

Motherhood—the ultimate balancing act, right? Toss in the twists and turns of managing type 1 diabetes, and it's like spinning plates while riding a unicycle on a tightrope! From those 3 a.m. diaper changes to the endless snack requests (seriously, do they ever stop?), it's a non-stop whirlwind of love, chaos, and, let's be real, a few meltdowns (both theirs and ours).

As a mom who's been on this wild ride for eight years, I get it. The ups, the downs, the "I haven't slept in days but somehow I'm still functioning" moments—it's all part of the beautiful chaos of motherhood with type 1 diabetes.

Being a mom with type 1 diabetes teaches us a thing or two about self-care. It's all about listening to our bodies, making time for movement, and sneaking in a moment of zen whenever we can (even if it's just hiding in the bathroom for five minutes of peace).

And let's not forget about the power of community. Whether it's swapping stories with fellow moms in a local support group or finding solidarity with other T1D mamas online, having a tribe who gets it makes all the difference.

So here are a few tips for all you warrior mamas out there:

  1. Roll with the Punches: Life with type 1 diabetes and kids can be unpredictable, so be prepared to adapt and adjust. Flexibility is key!

  2. Delegate Like a Boss: You don't have to do it all alone. Enlist the help of your partner, family members, or friends to share the load and give yourself a well-deserved break.

  3. Fuel Your Body: As moms, we're notorious for putting everyone else's needs before our own. But remember, you can't pour from an empty cup. Take the time to nourish your body with healthy meals and snacks that keep your blood sugar steady and your energy levels up.

  4. Find Your Tribe: Surround yourself with fellow warrior mamas who understand the unique challenges of motherhood with type 1 diabetes. Whether it's in-person meetups or virtual support groups, having a supportive community can make all the difference.

  5. Practice Self-Compassion: Cut yourself some slack, mama! You're doing the best you can, and that's more than enough. Remember, it's okay to ask for help and take time for yourself.

To all the superhero moms out there navigating the crazy world of motherhood with type 1 diabetes, you've got this. Keep rocking those devices and showing the world what true strength looks like.

All my best,


 photo by Janessa Harris Photography

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