Congrats! You’re pregnant!! Now where the heck are you going to put your pump?
If you’re anything like me, you want N O T H I N G touching your belly. Which can be no bueno when you think about your body in terms of diabetes-real-estate. Take out your stomach and you’ve just lost ¼ of your land.
Well don’t fret my fertile myrtle because today I’m sharing with you my favorite pump sites during pregnancy; with pictures and all!
You wouldn’t think there’s a lot of options with arms sites, but that’s where I’m going to prove you wrong! Even if you can’t “pinch” a lot of fat in some of these spots, you’d be surprised by how great absorption is and how little it hurts.
Forearm (top and bottom)
Back of Arm
Quick Note on Leg & Stomach Sites
Leg sites have never given me great absorption, so I never used them during pregnancy. Scratch that… I believe I did a leg site ONCE during pregnancy and I pulled it off after 5 hours because I could see that it wasn’t working. But if leg sites work great for you then definitely use them! I’ve seen a lot of people recently using their calves too!
Stomach sites were a hard pass for me pretty early on in my pregnancy. In the first trimester I wanted nothing touching my belly and by the second and third trimester my belly skin was so tight that just the thought of sticking a needle through it gave me the heebee-jeebees. Plus, the EMFs so close to my developing fetus didn’t feel right. See my post here about how much EMF’s diabetes devices throw off.
How I went through almost a decade of diabetes without ever injecting in my back is beyond me. I first discovered this massive area of diabetes real estate during pregnancy. And thank god, because when you rule out your stomach you don’t have a lot of options left. The absorption was excellent for me and since you aren’t supposed to be sleeping on your back during pregnancy, it’s totally out of the way.
Bra Strap Zone
Under Rib Cage
What were your go-to pump/injection spots during pregnancy?
Or what were your least favorite spots? Let me know in the comments below!
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