Managing gestational diabetes through diet

What is it like to manage gestational diabetes through diet? This study explores women’s experiences of receiving dietary advice and managing their diet after a diagnosis with gestational diabetes.

Why is this study important?

Gestational diabetes is a common condition affecting some pregnancies and requires extra care with attention to diet, exercise and, at times, treatment with medication. As the diagnosis of gestational diabetes is often made towards the middle or end of pregnancy, women are faced with the need to learn about potential changes to their lifestyle in a short time. Little is known about what this is like from the woman’s point of view and what factors are helpful or difficult in making these changes. An understanding of the experiences faced by women in managing gestational diabetes could help inform the healthcare professionals caring for women with gestational diabetes how they can better meet women’s needs, hopefully improving outcomes for mothers and babies.  

Who can take part?

Women who are:

  • currently pregnant with a diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) made during their current pregnancy
  • over the age of 16 years
  • do not have pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance diagnosed before pregnancy or special communication needs.

What does the study involve?

If you choose to participate in this study you will be asked to complete:

  • a short questionnaire asking about yourself and your pregnancy
  • one interview either in person or over the phone at a time and place that suits you. The interview is expected to take about an hour, depending on what you would like to say and will be audio-taped and transcribed for analysis. A code name will be assigned to you to protect your identity and no personally identifiable information will be used in the analysis or reporting of the results.

What happens if I change my mind?

Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. If you don’t want to participate, you don’t have to give a reason, and it will not affect the care you receive. If you do want to participate now, but change your mind later, you can choose to withdraw up to seven days after completing the interview. After that time, the experiences you have shared will be integrated into the study design and findings and it will not be possible to extract your responses. However, your data will be coded so that you will not be identifiable.  

How can I find out more?

Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more about the study or to discuss your potential involvement. Email the researcher at