Most women can treat gestational diabetes by changing the way they eat and exercising more often. If these changes do not keep your blood sugar level within a Reference target range, you may need to take Reference insulin. You may also need to take insulin if your doctor thinks that your baby is getting too large.
If you need to take insulin, your doctor will teach you how to give yourself an insulin shot.
What to think about
Insulin is the primary medicine used to treat gestational diabetes. Insulin is only used if you cannot control your blood sugar level by eating well and exercising regularly.
How much insulin you need depends on how much you weigh and on how close you are to your due date. Some women need more insulin as they get closer to their delivery date, because the Reference placenta Opens New Window makes more and more hormones that make it harder and harder for insulin to do its job. In rare cases, a woman with gestational diabetes has to stay in the hospital for a short time to get her blood sugar level within a target range.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator