Diabetes and Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is high blood sugar (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth. It can happen at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second or third trimester. It affects up to 1 in 8 women in pregnancy in Ireland. 

Our extended team are available to support you through your GDM diagnosis and to ensure you understand and feel comfortable in knowing how to manage your diabetes. Our multi-disciplinary team includes your doctors, dieticians and diabetes midwife specialists.

You can also find many of the resources you need below:

  • This recipe book is an excellent resource for anyone who is pregnant with an interest in healthy eating. While it is specifically designed for those that are trying to maintain a low GI diet, these recipes are suitable for all the family to enjoy. If you have further questions on diet you can phone the dietitian - see numbers below.
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  • This video What Happens in Gestational Diabetes? will help explain to you what is happening when you develop Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Here is a guide to managing your diet when you have gestational diabetes mellitus. The guide includes a meal plan and snack ideas. If you have further questions on diet you can phone the dietitian - see numbers below.
  • Don’t forget to keep in regular contact with the team with your blood glucose readings by phone. (Email coming soon)

Useful contact numbers:

Diabetes midwives: 086 7872434

Diabetes dietitians: 021 4920581

CUMH main reception:  021 492 0500


If it is an emergency do not leave a voicemail – phone or attend the Emergency Room in CUMH

Patients who suspect they may have COVID-19 symptoms should contact their GP or Public Health via telephone before attending the hospital:

Public Health Number: 021 4927601

24-hour COVID-19 care line: 1850 24 1850


Useful Websites:

Visit the HSE website for more information or our COVID-19 page on the CUMH website for the latest advice on Corona virus

Other websites you may find useful:

Breastfeeding Support

Corona Virus and Pregnancy

Diabetes Ireland

Diabetes UK

Last Modified Date: 16/12/2022 12:11:35

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