This funded project is seeking to develop a behaviour change intervention to support women with GDM to undertake behaviours that may directly and indirectly impact their oral health and glycaemic control and subsequently, support a healthy pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a frequent pregnancy complication associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes through impacts on the foetus, mother and infant, alongside an increased risk of type 2 diabetes later in mum and baby and seen in around 1% -25% of all pregnancies. Women with GDM experience a highly medicalised pregnancy and report feeling like ‘baby-making machines’ where they report being treated as such by health care professionals (HCPs) eager to ensure that a healthy infant gets delivered at the end of term. There is no evidence currently to show what, if any, specific oral health care support these women receive during their pregnancies. At the same time it is known that i) periodontal health is related to glycaemic control and pregnancy outcomes and that ii) a simple behavioural intervention can effect clinical changes in periodontal health outcomes.
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