Gestational Diabetes: Giving Yourself Insulin Shots
If you have Reference gestational diabetes Opens New Window and you have not been able to keep your blood sugar levels within a Reference target range by changing the way you eat and by exercising, you may need Reference insulin Opens New Window shots.
- Taking insulin can help prevent high blood sugar. High blood sugar can lead to problems for you and your baby.
- Insulin is given as a shot into the fatty tissue just under the skin. In pregnant women, insulin usually is given in the upper arm or thigh.
- At first, you may feel nervous about giving yourself insulin shots. But after a little while, it will become a routine part of your day. It is not hard to learn how to do. And any sting you might feel will not last long. More than 500,000 people in the United States do this every day. You can, too.
- Make sure that you:
- Have the right dose of insulin, especially if you are giving two types of insulin in the same syringe.
- Practice how to give your shot.
- Store the insulin properly so that each dose will work well.
More information about the different types of diabetes can be found in these topics:
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: February 13, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator