What to expect in the delivery room. I'm interested in hearing how labor and delivery went for you with type 1.
For both of my pregnancies, I was induced at 38 weeks. The first time was low amniotic fluid (not a normal type 1 diabetes issue). With the 2nd, I begged the doctor hysterically for them to get the child causing the lows out of me at 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant. My doctor bargained with me to get me to 38 weeks. I was NOT in a good place with blood glucose control (that was right around when I hit 5% on the A1C) (or mentally) and had a 20 month old at home to take care of. I was going through jugs of orange juice like crazy.
Anyway, I was induced at 38 weeks for not real "diabetes" related medical reasons. They had me take my insulin pump off right at the start of getting settled in the hospital. They put an IV with insulin and glucose to take care of diabetes. Every hour on the hour they came in and checked BG levels with a finger poke. I was in labor 24 hours for each, so had 24 BG checks. In both labors, I had two bouts of low BG but was for the most part - pretty steady.
It wasn't until AFTER I gave birth that the BG control went haywire. I was low from about 30 minutes after giving birth, until around a day or two later. The doctors at the hospital (note - NOT the endo or the perinatologist - but the doctors doing rounds) wanted me back on my pump. So I did that, for about an hour. Then I took it off and didn't need it again for about 20 hours. After that, I needed it but only at about half the amount of insulin I was on before I got pregnant. At about 48 hours after giving birth, I was back on the amount of insulin I was on before getting pregnant.
Expect to have doctors and nurses who have no clue about type 1 diabetes management. Be ready to stand up for yourself and explain to them that you know your body and your type 1 management. Insist upon it. Prepare yourself with information from your endo about what to do after childbirth, get it written down and stick with it. (I didn't with my first, I did with my 2nd).
I will tell you that after my 2nd daughter, I checked us both out of the hospital about 24 hours after giving birth (with her doctors blessing, of course). I had been through it before, had a better support system at home and didn't have the constant interuption for "diabetes care" that I didn't need throughout the day and night. I have come to realize that being type 1 in the hospital for anything other than type 1 care is not really a place to recover.