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What is Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)?

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy when the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. It can be managed through lifestyle factors such as adopting a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and monitoring blood sugar levels. However, it's essential to understand that having GDM increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Proactive steps, including ongoing lifestyle modifications and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, can help reduce this risk.

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Our Service

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme covers a range of detailed information including nutrition, physical activity, stress management & weight management. We look at how to use this to make long-term changes to your lifestyle to reduce risk of repeated gestational diabetes, or lifelong type 2 diabetes in the future.

  • Delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams - you can access sessions in the comfort of your own home or out and about.

  • There are 15 sessions up to 45 minutes long, delivered over a 9-month duration.

  • The 9-month duration enables access to information plus both group and 1:1 support for a sustained period of time.

  • We are a relaxed group of mums, particularly flexible if you are caring for children whilst the sessions are taking place.

  • The personalised approach ensures you can focus on your own individual goals and priorities.

  • You will be sent a workbook in the post and emailed additional resources after each session.

Meet the coaches

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Nadine is dedicated to guiding women with a history of GDM through their health journey. As a registered midwife, she brings a wealth of experience in managing GDM during pregnancy and supporting women to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future.

With six grown children and four grand-babies (Number 5 on the way), Nadine understands firsthand the importance of staying healthy to ensure we can continue to care for those we love. She looks forward to meeting and supporting you on your path to better health.

Course Content

An example of topics covered:

  • An overview of healthy eating - essential food groups & nutrients.

  • Healthy and unhealthy fats, sugar and the glycaemic index, and portion sizes.

  • Understanding food labels.

  • Physical activity.

  • Weight management.

  • Stress management and wider mental health.

  • Sleep.

  • Understanding triggers for different healthy and unhealthy behaviours.

  • The importance of small & consistent changes, realistic goals, and support from friends and family.

  • Overcoming barriers to making long-term changes to lifestyle, especially as a parent.

Referral Form

Have you previously been diagnosed with
Gestational Diabetes?


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“The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has been an insightful and thoroughly useful experience for me. Accessing sessions on Microsoft Teams is a real benefit as it means I can join on my work lunch break and don't need to travel to get there. Odell makes everyone feel at ease and provides the information at a good pace. I have found the sessions on barriers and habits particularly helpful, enjoyed learning more about food groups, and understanding how all aspects of lifestyle impact my blood glucose level.”

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