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Gestational diabetes is an increasingly common diagnosis during pregnancy, and has a substantial effect on maternal and fetal morbidity as well as implications for future health. It is an unwelcome and often unexpected complication at an otherwise joyful time. We wished to study women's attitudes towards a diagnosis of gestational diabetes. During a 6-week period (May–June, 2016), women with a diagnosis of gestational diabetes attending the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, were invited to participate. Women were invited if they were within one of three different timeframes: within 1 week of diagnosis, several weeks after diagnosis, or within 3 days after delivery. 95 women verbally consented to the study and were asked one question: “How do you feel about your diagnosis of gestational diabetes?” We transcribed their responses and did a thematic analysis of content. To visualise the results of our analysis, we developed an image using iStock, Wordle, and Tagxedo, which demonstrates the changing themes in the lived experience of a diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
Dr Mary Frances Higgins
Ciara Feighan, Hilary Devine, Usha Daniel, Mensud Hatunic, Dr Mary Frances Higgins