Mapping well-being and self-efficacy of diabetes management in early pregnant women with type 1 diabetes – a new study from the University of Gothenburg

168 pregnant women with type 1 diabetes answered questionnaires in early pregnancy. The aim of the study was to investigate associations among perceived well-being and diabetes self-efficacy of diabetes management.

  • The women reported relatively high scores of self-efficacy in diabetes management
  • A higher capability of self-efficacy in diabetes management, showed positive correlations with self-perceived health and well-being as well as negative correlations with diabetes distress and hypoglycemia worries

Conclusions are that caregivers could support well-being and self-efficacy in diabetes management in women with type 1 diabetes during early pregnancy by trough a person-centred approach :

  1. Strengthen their own capability and responsibility to achieve the defined goals for HbA1C in pregnancy, while making it clear that she can only do as good as she  can in striving for optimal blood glucose levels
  1. Support their manage of daily life with focus on the glycemic control and how to manage fear of hypo- and hyperglycemic episodes

Read the full paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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