Diabetes In 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 is available to support you through your GDM diagnosis and ensure you understand and feel comfortable knowing how to manage your diabetes. Our multi-disciplinary team includes your doctors, dieticians, and diabetes midwife specialists.
Information regarding booking the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test can be found here.
You can also find many of the resources you need below:
- This recipe book is an excellent resource for pregnant women interested in healthy eating. While it is specifically designed for those who 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.
- 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.
- This video Using Your Accu-Chek Aviva Meter helps explain how to set up and use this type of blood glucose meter or download a useful guide quickguide here.
- This video Using Your Accu-Chek Mobile Meter helps explain how to set up and use this different kind of blood glucose meter. This video Performing a Blood Glucose Test shows you how to use the meter to do the blood glucose test.
- You might be encouraged to collect colostrum before your baby is born. Find out more about Colostrum Harvesting
- Here are some of the frequently asked questions that we get from patients.
- Don’t forget to keep in regular contact with the team with your blood glucose readings by phone. (Email coming soon)
All woman with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes in pregnancy should have their eyes tested during pregnancy. There is more information about retinal screening in pregnancy here.
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