Diabetes in Pregnancy - Let's Not Sugar-Coat It

Have you had diabetes diagnosed for the first time in pregnancy?

Do you know someone with diabetes?


About this event:

About 4 in 10 women with diabetes during pregnancy develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years after childbirth. In the long term, type 2 diabetes can cause serious health complications. Some of the ways that diabetes can be prevented include following a healthy diet and lifestyle during pregnancy. There is still lots to learn about how to best advise women and mothers about the best way to prevent their risk of diabetes.


Join our webinar and find out more about our research on preventing diabetes during and after pregnancy, as well as what to expect in the next few years. Learn about how you can help with our mission, and take part in our competition 

Event Details:

  • Saturday, 13th March 2021, 12.00-1.00pm UK time

  • Location: Zoom webinar

Join the event:

You can join the Zoom webinar directly on the day through this link: https://qmul-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/86536260016
You can also click here to register on Eventbrite and receive an email reminder with the Zoom link (this is optional)


This is an inclusive event, all genders and backgrounds are welcome. Join our audience Q&A and share your thoughts online using @kt_network #sugarcoat2021


If you have any questions, please contact Zoe Drymoussi via z.drymoussi@qmul.ac.uk


  • 12 pm - Welcome & introduction to speakers

  • 12.05 pm - Prof Thangaratinam and Dr Tarakeswari: 

What are the biggest challenges in preventing diabetes during and after pregnancy? Perspectives from the UK and India

  •  12.15 pm - Angeliki Bolou:

How a Mediterranean diet and healthy lifestyle can help to prevent diabetes, what has the ESTEEM study taught us?

 Click here to read more about our previous research on diet in pregnancy, and see some tasty, healthy recipes.


  • 12.25 pm - Zoe Drymoussi:

The EMmY study - looking at using a nutritional supplement to prevent diabetes in pregnancy


  • 12.30 pm - Melonie Gouldbourne & MERIT study participants:

The MERIT study - What is it like to be part of a research study?


  • 12.40 – 1pm - Panel open discussion. Questions and comments from the audience.

Speaker bios:

Prof Shakila Thangaratinam

Professor of Maternal and

Perinatal Health

at University of Birmingham, UK.

She is a

Consultant Obstetrician and

Lead Investigator

of several research studies

in mothers with pre-eclampsia, epilepsy, obesity, and diabetes.

Dr Tarakeswari S.

Medical Director and

Head of Obstetric Medicine Unit,

Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad,

India. She is a Consultant Obstetrician

with special interest in

high-risk and complicated


Indie Kaur

Director of Midwifery at the

Fernandez Foundation Hospital,

Hyderabad, India. She is a British

midwife training professional

midwives in Hyderabad, helping

to reduce maternal mortality and

promoting dignified humanised

care in Indian government


Angeliki Bolou

Senior lecturer in Midwifery at

University of Greenwich, UK

since 2016 and a PhD student

at QMUL focusing on preventing

diabetes in postnatal period.

She is a diabetes specialist midwife

and has worked in research

for the past 7 years.

Zoe Drymoussi

Trials Coordinator in Women’s Health research studies for over 4 years at QMUL, London, UK. Her background is in laboratory research but now works on studies on preventing diabetes during and after pregnancy.

Melonie Gouldbourne

Over 5 years experience working in Women's Health. She is based mainly at the Royal London Hospital, London, UK as a Research Assistant. For the last two years she has been the main Health Coach for the MERIT study.

Ayesha Miah

Secondary school teacher and mother of 3 children. She has experienced gestational diabetes during pregnancies 1 and 3. Joined the MERIT study, made significant dietary changes and experienced great results!

Some links you might find interesting


NHS information about diabetes and pregnancy



Who is Katie’s Team?



More information on who we are and what we do in the Centre for Women’s Health, QMUL



Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham



More information on who we are and what we do at the Fernandez Foundation, Hyderabad


ELLY - East London International Women's Health Charity